In a few short months, Pope Francis has upended the dynamic that favored church hard-liners and traditionalists, stressing social justice issues dear to progressives.
Q and A: Cardinal João Braz de Aviz in May called for of cooperation and equality between the Vatican and Catholic sisters.
When he's riding in the popemobile, Pope Francis uses his hands not just to bless people. He uses them to catch things.
NCR Today: Pope Francis "has a heartfelt and meditative style, like one who is in contact with mystery, a style that we Jesuits are used to," the head of the order said.
Pope Francis' order restricting the use of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass in communities of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate addresses problems within the religious order.
Pope Francis denounced consumerism as a poison that threatens true happiness, which comes from membership in the church.
The pope made his remarks Sunday before praying the Angelus with a noontime crowd in St. Peter's Square.
"The encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay," he said.
It's a good time to stand back and ask a few big-picture questions about Pope Francis' papacy and where it goes from here.
"There's a cloud over our head," a former LCWR president says of the group's upcoming annual meeting Aug. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.
Celebrating the feast of St. Ignatius with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis prayed he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord.
Jesus told his disciples never to be ashamed of following him, but Jesuits are taught to look upon the crucifix and "feel that very human and very noble sentiment which is shame for not measuring up," the pope said Wednesday during his homily at the Mass in Rome's Church of the Gesu, where St. Ignatius is buried.
An overemphasis on "personal well-being" and general indifference have eroded any sense of responsibility toward others, said a note from the Vatican announcing the theme.