A Roman Observer: Those clerics who are troubled by or pretend not to understand what Francis is "up to" were certainly not toasting the pope's Sunday homily.
In a beautiful homily by Pope Francis to the assembled cardinals and bishops, the need for reform was made clear once again.
"My hope is that he speaks very intensely on the family, that no matter where he goes everybody knows that he came here because of the international [meeting] on the family."
Speaking to cardinals Sunday, Francis again outlined for them a powerful vision of a church marked first by seeking out others and by welcoming them, no matter their situation in life.
Creating new cardinals, Pope Francis told them to be kind, not self-centered and never perpetrate injustice in the running of their dioceses.
The economy is a human creation, not a god, so humans have the responsibility to manage the economy in a way that benefits the most people, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis.
"The economy is not a god. We have to have the courage to put it in its place," the cardinal said Thursday at a presentation of the book Pope Francis: This Economy Kills by Italian journalists Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi.
The Catholic cardinals meeting with Pope Francis to discuss reform of the Vatican are continuing their conversations and are not expected to make any formal votes approving or disapproving changes to the church bureaucracy, the Vatican said Friday.
Speaking in a briefing with the press, spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi again indicated that the process to reform the Vatican bureaucracy may take longer than originally expected.
Pope Francis has criticized theories that consider people's gender identities to exist along a spectrum, saying they do not "recognize the order of creation."
Pope Benedict was keenly aware of his own waning strength while faced with such a demanding ministry, Archbishop Georg Ganswein told an Italian newspaper.
The pope began a meeting with some 150 cardinals to discuss reform of the Vatican bureaucracy by calling on them to speak boldly and to keep in mind the "salvation of souls."