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.
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.