He kept up the Catholic routine, but his heart wasn't in it. Then he headed out on a faith journey he recounts in Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis.
NCR Today: Moving forward on married priests does not mean that the quest for female priests should not continue. But ending the mandatory celibacy rule is also critical.
A small c catholic: Perhaps it is within Christianity's long mystic tradition that apparitions of the Virgin Mary, such as that reported by three children in Fatima 100 years ago, belong.
Brazilian bishops have requested allowing married priests to resume priestly ministry in an "experimental, preliminary" move to counteract the country's priest shortage "catastrophe," says liberation theologian Boff.
Distinctly Catholic: Amid a divided church and a divided polity, look to Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin to increasingly drive the hierarchy's message in the public square.
The Peace Pulpit: Shepherds lived a rough and difficult life. But they were the ones to receive the first message that the Son of God had entered into human history.
The Field Hospital: At St. Anne, participants reflected upon issues such as immigration, the economy, prejudice and poorly run government, with prayers interspersed by Pope Francis' words.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis knows that only with the heart of the Gospel, God's mercy, can the church find new life, and the Jubilee Year got the message out.
More than 500 engaged in the struggle for human rights are expected at the February regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a project embraced by Pope Francis.
While prelates in Speyer and Freiburg see in Amoris Laetitia a path to the sacraments for the divorced, doctrinal chief Cardinal Müller reiterates no exceptions to Catholic marriage's indissolubility.