While in Assisi on Friday, Pope Francis spent time mingling with visitors, creating connections some of them never thought possible.
Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world last month when he gave a wide-ranging interview in which he declared that the church had become "obsessed" with a few moral issues and needed to find a "new balance."
Now a new poll indicates that American Catholics think he's right, and by a wide margin.
The survey, released Friday by Quinnipiac University shows that two in three (68 percent) adult Catholics questioned said they agreed with the pontiff's observation that the church has become too focused on issues such as homosexuality, abortion and contraception.
Perhaps the single public figure on the planet right now least in need of rehabilitation of his image is Pope Francis, who's got poll numbers in most places of which politicians and celebrities alike can only dream.
Nevertheless, rehabilitation is precisely what Italian journalist Nello Scavo delivers in his new book Bergoglio's List: The Untold Story of the People Saved by Francis during the Dictatorship, which was presented today at the headquarters of the Jesuit journal Civiltà Cattolica in Rome.
John Allen in Rome: A part of a recent interview with pope Francis wasn't reported exactly right, but that doesn't mean something mystical didn't happen.
We say: There are plenty of other stained-glass ceilings in this church that women could break if only Pope Francis would let them.
(NOTE: An update to this story appears below.)
While stressing the basic “trustworthiness” of a recent blockbuster interview with Pope Francis by Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, left room on Oct. 2 for the possibility of small imprecisions.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who was among the cardinals who elected Francis, today confirmed one such error – a point of fact, as it happens, with important implications for understanding the immediate reaction of Pope Francis to his election.
The German bishops have tabled a controversial new translation of the Mass that had been a bone of contention between them and the Vatican under previous papacies.
While the event was light on specifics, there was no shortage of Francis factors keeping the conversation lively among the panel of Catholic insiders.
Pope Francis criticized the global economic system Thursday, telling an international group celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris that the system is "inhuman."
John Allen in Rome: Days after the Vatican bank attempted to project a new image of transparency, another Vatican financial department faced fresh charges of corruption and shady practices.