"If you don't think like I do ... and you can't convince me to think like you do, that's OK. We can still be friends," he told the students.
Only Pope Francis knows for sure when he will proclaim Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII saints, though he has implied it likely will be in 2014.
Changes in administrations always trigger a game of musical chairs, and it’s well underway in the Vatican right now.
Q and A: "History became a primarily masculine enterprise," Cardinal João Braz de Aviz said. "For many reasons -- political, anthropological -- this mode also dominated religion."
Once he gets down to brass tacks, what kind of revolution will Francis lead? Four areas are likely to form the front lines.
Analysis: Pope Francis made only one trip to Brazil to mark World Youth Day. Existentially, however, the outing was actually more akin to four trips in one.
Q and A: The "central point" of dialogue between sisters and the Vatican must be upholding church doctrine, says Cardinal João Braz de Aviz.
A former official at the Vatican office responsible for reaching out to Catholic priests in schism with the church over the Second Vatican Council has been returned to the post, less than a year after being moved away.
Guido Pozzo, a curial official who was made an archbishop in the interim period, is once again the secretary for the pontifical commission "Ecclesia Dei."
The commission, a part of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is primarily responsible for reaching out to members of the Society of St. Pius X.
Less than a month after Pope Francis updated the Vatican's criminal code, Pope Francis issued new rules Thursday broadening Vatican City finance laws.
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.