John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis' support of the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador means beatification could come quickly.
In his first month in office, Pope Francis continually preached about God's love and mercy, but he also frequently mentioned the devil.
By his sheer "simplicity of life," Pope Francis has set a new tone for the Roman Curia, African Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told NCR April 10 in an interview in Washington.
NCR Today: Pope Francis criticized those who resist change and "wish to turn back the clock" and "to tame the Holy Spirit" 50 years after the council.
Finding safe and effective cures to disease and illness does not have to go against moral and ethical principles; that was the message of a three-day conference at the Vatican on adult stem-cell therapies.
"To address global suffering, one does not have to choose between faith and science. ... These two ideas fit together symbiotically," said Dr. Robin Smith, chairman and CEO of the for-profit NeoStem biopharmaceutical company and president of its nonprofit Stem for Life Foundation.
My first take on Pope Francis was that he is masterful in the use of symbols. More recently, I'm asking myself if his core strength is a simplicity and transparency so attuned with the Gospels they shine through him, preached almost without words.
Most NCR readers I've spoken with seem to take one of two approaches to this young pontificate, both encouraging, one more guarded.
At a reception last evening in New York City to celebrate the election of Pope Francis and Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, offered effusive praise for the new pope. Ki-Moon called Francis a “bridge builder” and invites the new pope to the United Nations.
German Cardinal Walter Kasper said Friday that Pope Francis has ushered in a new phase in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
Pope Francis has formed a group of eight cardinals from around the world to "advise him on the government of the universal church."
Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, the new second-in-command for the Vatican's religious congregation, is "personally modest, friendly and joyful," his predecessor said.