In advance of the March 13 anniversary of Pope Francis' election, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Francis is "reinvigorating that experience of the church" that people had following the council's reforms.
John Paul II
For a packed crowd in a packed Catholic high school gymnasium in Lenexa, Kan., on a Friday evening, Cardinal Raymond Burke's speech was filled with red meat, a reassuring message.
Distinctly Catholic: It isn't that some of John Paul II's biggest fans inflated his significance; it is that they continually interpreted him in ways that reduced his complexity.
Interview: The 50-year-old Italian Jesuit spoke of the opposition to Francis, what's next for the pope and the church in 2017 and how Francis deals with his workload.
John Glenn, a Presbyterian, said, "I pray every day. To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is, to me, impossible. It just strengthens my faith."
Saturday, When Pope Francis conferred the red hat on Blase Cupich, Kevin Farrell and Joe Tobin, he inaugurated a new day for the church in the United States.
Francis Chronicles: The bonds of married couples and families "are put to the test in many ways" today, the pope said.
Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia, announced the closing of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, citing low enrollment.
Pope Francis has used his own distinct management style to try to shake up the Church since his election in 2013.
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis is giving up the historic summer residence where pontiffs have holidayed for nearly 400 years.