All Things Catholic: One surprising twist to Francis' papacy is that it seems to be shaping up as a golden age for Vatican diplomats.
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Having spent the early part of this week in Australia and New Zealand, I'm arriving today in Rome, where the buzz is about Pope Francis' blockbuster interview with 16 Jesuit publications around the world, including America magazine in the United States, in which he pointedly rejects a church of what he calls "small-minded rules."
All Things Catholic: Since his memorable debut six months ago, Pope Francis over and over again has demonstrated a capacity to surprise.
All Things Catholic: Ten years ago, the Vatican pushed for peace in Iraq. The Vatican seems to be on the same track today with Syria.
All Things Catholic: Beating up on Italy has become something of a fashion statement. This week, however, I come to praise Italy, not to bury it.
All Things Catholic: Any Western journalist who's spent time in Africa has been asked: "Why don't you report any good news about Africa?"
Changes in administrations always trigger a game of musical chairs, and it’s well underway in the Vatican right now.
All Things Catholic: Jesuit Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio disappeared in Syria 11 days ago. He is the latest symbol of suffering in the country.
All Things Catholic: For John Paul II, it was "Be not afraid!" For Benedict, it was "reason and faith." What is Pope Francis' signature idea?
All Things Catholic: While Francis is making his triumphant homecoming to Latin America, there are three fires burning back in Rome, two of which erupted while he's been away.