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.
Pope Francis: "I do not judge people or politicians. I only want to understand what suffering their behavior causes to the poor and the excluded."
"We congratulate the new president and hope his governance may truly be fruitful," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, speaking Wednesday in a brief interview.
Pope Francis: After celebrating Mass with detainees and people who had been in prison, Pope Francis called on governments to mark the end of the Year of Mercy by extending clemency to deserving inmates.
Catholic Church in China: No matter what the motivation or how seriously threatened one may believe the Catholic Church in China is, the ordination of bishops without a mandate from the pope is a serious violation of church law, the Vatican said.
Pope Francis moves Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin from Indianapolis to Newark, N.J., giving the New York area two cardinals for the first time.
Mercy: Pope Francis tells group of religious leaders that mercy is the foundation of every authentic religion.