NCR Today: Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote that he was suspicious of "pretend" Catholics, public figures looking for a photo op at the communion rail.
During his homily Tuesday at daily Mass, Pope Francis emphasized that those who wish to follow Jesus should do so from inside the church.
After meditating on the persecution of early Christian communities by Roman authorities, the pope also mentioned those communities' missionary activities.
Q and A: "I think all the various sectors of the church will be able to dialogue with him," says Jesuit Fr. Humberto Miguel Yáñez.
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis' support of the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador means beatification could come quickly.
Rome – For years, experts on ecumenism have said that the main stumbling block to putting the divided Christian family back together again isn’t so much the papacy, but a certain overly monarchical model of it. If we could find new ways of exercising primacy, they prophesied, unity might move a massive step closer to reality.
One veteran expert believes those “new ways” may have arrived with Pope Francis, predicting that this pontiff will prove a “boon” to ecumenism.
NCR Today: The man who served as Pope John Paul II's liturgical master of ceremonies said many couples suffer because "their civil rights aren't recognized."
One of Rome’s best known members of the Society of Jesus, and certainly one of the most wired in terms of Vatican contacts, said yesterday that for those with eyes to see, Francis cannot help but seem a “profoundly Jesuit” pope.
Jesuit Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a distinguished canon lawyer and former rector of the Jesuit-run Gregorian University, spoke April 19 as part of a panel discussing Francis’ papacy at the one-month mark. The event was sponsored by the “Alberto Hurtado Center for Faith and Culture” at the Gregorian.
All Things Catholic: The official English translation of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's discussion with an Argentine rabbi highlights the future pope's thoughts.
John Allen in Rome: At least one Vatican official wonders what will happen to their system if people think the pope is boosting his own popularity at their expense?
John Allen in Rome: Is Pope Francis hinting at a less overtly political edge to the Vatican?