Francis Chronicles: I went to confession on Saturday. When someone asked me why I was going, the answer was simple: I was compelled to go because of the pope.
The Francis Chronicles
My favorite quotes from Pope Francis:
Professing that the church is "catholic" means accepting its teachings, accepting the gifts it offers to help one grow in holiness and accepting the fact that it is composed of different people with different gifts and opinions, Pope Francis said.
The Huffington Post has highlighted the shift in Catholic pastoral emphasis under Pope Francis, compiling a list of some of his more "controversial" statements. It's not a bad meditation. Read the list and then ask yourself: "What if another bishop had said those things, say, at the beginning of the year?" He'd be the object of a Vatican investigation.
Pontiff Francis reportedly spoke with emotion yesterday, calling for greater compassion and concern for the needy of the world. He did this as he called for a less worldly and more humble church.
Francis said all members of the church, including bishops, cardinals and the pope himself, had to avoid the pitfalls of attaching importance to worldly things and to be more humble.
Analysis: Not only is Pope Francis committed to the changes that came out of the council, he is committed to completing the unfinished work of the council.
Francis in Assisi: Pope Francis is touring this central Italian town, the home of his 13th-century namesake, St. Francis.
I am delighted with most of what Pope Francis has been doing: his simple lifestyle; his emphasis on peace and justice; his open, warm and welcoming personality. But I have reserved overall judgment because of his statements about women in the church.
Francis Chronicles: In a new interview with Italian daily La Repubblica, Pope Francis spoke frankly about the problems facing the Curia.
Jon Stewart from "The Daily Show" on Friday showed off his new interest in Catholic matters focusing on Pope Francis and the jaw-dropping interview with Francis in America magazine.