Francis Chronicles: "One who does not ask questions cannot progress either in knowledge or in faith," Francis said.
World Youth Day: The next international gathering will be held in Panama in 2019.
NCR Today: The pope has decided not to renew the terms of several bishop-members, many of whom are known for preferring a more traditionalist liturgical practice.
Vatican City: In a new apostolic letter following the end of the Jubilee of mercy, Pope Francis grants all priests the ability to forgive those who have had an abortion.
Vatican City: Pope Francis closes the Jubilee year of mercy but asks that people leave open "the doors of reconciliation and pardon."
Vatican City: Pope Francis creates 17 new cardinals and warns against a "virus of polarization and animosity" that he says has seeped into the church.
New Cardinals: Francis places a high value on personal encounters with individuals, looking for fidelity and humility in the men he selects for a red hat.
Francis Chronicles: "Where there is no tenderness, there is always cruelty. And what is happening today in Syria is cruelty," Francis said.
Francis Chronicles: "What must we do with bothersome people?" the pope asked. First, look in the mirror and see "if we, too, may sometimes prove to be bothersome to others."
Mercy Friday: The Mercy Fridays gave those he visited a chance to tell the pope their stories and, usually, to share a late afternoon snack with him.