We say: In Francis, we see a great deal of discontinuity with Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II. And it is about time.
Commentary: In his recent apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis has touched a third rail in conservative American politics. So begins the backlash.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 13 candidates, including the "father of Puerto Rican public education" and the Canadian founder of a religious order dedicated to helping unwed mothers.
During a meeting Monday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed decrees recognizing that Rafael Cordero Molino and Mother Rosalie Cadron-Jette lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and are venerable.
"We have been implementing the [second Vatican] council only halfway," Pope Francis told Dutch bishops.
Pope Francis ordered the creation of a commission tasked with advising him on safeguarding children from abuse and working pastorally with abuse victims.
Archbishop Pietro Parolin said he knows Pope Francis intends to reform his office but not what those reforms might entail.
The group of eight cardinals studying curial reform are evaluating the work of each of the Vatican's offices "one by one," the Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.
"Their idea and their objective is not to make small changes ... but a consistent and in-depth revision," the Vatican spokesman said Tuesday.
Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.
Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and head west across the world's time zones.
Pope Francis will offer his blessing and support for the "One Human Family, Food For All" campaign in a five-minute video message being released on the eve of the global launch.
Commentary: Pope Francis' latest letter signals church reform is forging ahead, but headwinds in the Vatican curia may alter the course.