John Allen in Rome: During his first 10 days in office, the "Francis phenomenon" has given rise to three urban legends worth debunking, lest they take on a life of their own.
NCR Today: The two men prayed, dined and conversed together in the papal summer home.
Francis hope note via Tom Gallagher
Pope Francis reportedly shocked the owner of a Buenos Aires newspaper kiosk this week when he personally called to explain he would no longer need his morning paper delivered each day.
It’s not often on the Vatican beat that one has the opportunity to use a word such as “unprecedented,” but what we’ll see today truly qualifies: A pope traveling by helicopter to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to visit his still-living predecessor, who before long will be moving in just around the corner on Vatican grounds.
Pope Francis is the first pope to have been ordained a priest after Vatican II. He was ordained a Jesuit in 1969.
In a stark contrast to the words and actions of new Pope Francis, Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan and some 50 Catholic House Republicans joined fellow Republicans and passed a federal budget along party lines that will directly hurt the poor.
With the Supreme Court set to begin oral arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage, USA Today profiled six of the leading figures opposing its legalization.
Among them is San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, a central voice in the debate and chair of the U.S. bishops' conference subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
I don't have much to say about the latest debacle in Congress over gun legislation. I think Ron Fournier has said it all. Fournier also references an article by Mike Lupica in the New York Daily News that focuses on the destructiveness of assault weapons.
NCR Today: After a brief hiatus, Morning Briefing is back! Today: Friday in Lenten Scripture and prayers; the church in Latin America; priest shortage and more.
For those tempted to draw an overly sharp distinction between Pope Francis and his predecessor, the new pope offered a clear reminder Friday that he's cut from much the same cloth.