Pope Francis keeps making news almost every day with spontaneous phone calls to laypeople, his willingness to dialogue with a journalist who is an atheist and his decision to stop naming monsignors. And now comes his newly named Secretary of State, saying the church needs a "more democratic spirit" in these times.
The Francis Chronicles
Catholics must stay involved in political government, especially through prayer, Pope Francis said Monday in his morning homily, continuing with his call for prayer for peace in the world, according to Vatican Radio.
Pope Francis returned yet again to the theme of the endless mercy of God in his Sunday Angelus address. After six months, it's fair to say this theme rests at the heart of his pontificate.
In his very first Angelus March 17 at the Vatican's parish church of St. Anne's, he spoke of mercy: "For me, and I say this humbly, the strongest message of the Lord is mercy," he told the parishioners. On that day, he said God never stops forgiving, but people often stop going to God for forgiveness, adding that one should never stop asking for forgiveness as it is always given.
“There is no such thing as innocent gossip,” Pope Francis tells us in his homily today.
Analysis: Pope Francis' openness to the world beyond the Vatican walls may be dividing the faithful, but it's not a new move.
Francis Chronicles: The media have reported every detail of the new popemobile, but the story of the car's donor has gone largely unnoticed.
NCR Today: Pope Francis hasn't named any monsignors since his election, but it's unclear if the ban on the honorific is temporary or permanent.
NCR Today: Six months into his papacy, eight in 10 U.S. Catholics have a favorable opinion of Pope Francis, according to a poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
What to do when you need 10,000 mooncakes and you need them fast? Might as well write to the pope.
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong is raising funds to purchase a mooncake for every prisoner in Hong Kong by Sept. 19, China's Mid-Autumn Festival. Mooncakes are traditionally eaten with loved ones while gazing at the harvest moon, and pieces of mooncake are placed out for loved ones who live far away or who have died. The mooncake signifies reunion, so offering mooncakes to prisoners is a touching gesture.