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In the five years since his election, Francis has implemented in the church a dynamic, well-considered transformation process, based on the principles of the Second Vatican Council.
Cardinal Karl Lehmann, longtime president of the German bishops' conference and a respected theologian who participated in the Second Vatican Council, died March 11.
Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Using the Supreme Court to attack unions; Mick Mulvaney's potshots at Elizabeth Warren; more anti-Francis sentiment
Distinctly Catholic: Part one of a review of book that demonstrates how and why the theology of the people had a formative impact on Jorge Maria Bergoglio, and also shows its continuing influence on his writings now that he is Pope Francis.