Pope Francis is the first pope to have been ordained a priest after Vatican II. He was ordained a Jesuit in 1969.
Pope Francis' style of diving toward the crowds means his protectors have to do a quick rewrite of strategy, sometimes on the spot.
All Things Catholic: Now that Pope Francis' papacy is under way, the focus will shift from style to substance. Can he deliver the reform cardinals believe they were voting for?
Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.
Counterintuitive, yes. But Pope Francis' focus outside the church, on the environment and poor, may be precisely what's required for a thorough inside makeover.
Rome, which was hit especially hard in the global recession, hopes a new pope will bring some new business to the hurting city.
Rome dispatch: Pope Francis opened his reign with a meditation on St. Joseph and the power and limits of the papacy.
Opinion: There is hope that the first Jesuit pope will focus more on the poor and will be more open to women in the church.
Imagine getting a call from Pope Francis asking for your advice concerning the most important issues facing the Catholic church and the world.
If he asked you what kind of pope the church and world need at this moment in history, what would you say to him?
Well, if our new Holy Father asked me that question, I would first suggest he deeply reflect on the challenge given to him by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals.
Rome dispatch: Pope Francis' first Sunday as pontiff stressed both mercy and a knack for personally engaging with an audience.