Analysis: By evoking machismo, Francis not only takes a stance against social hierarchy; he also reminds us of his Latin American roots.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said Curia reform and how to improve the Vatican's image will take priority when the council of cardinals meets.
America magazine "inadvertently" omitted a sentence from the pope's comments about the role of women in the church, the magazine's editor-in-chief said.
Analysis: Pope Francis has received the council's teaching through his distinctive experiences as a Jesuit, a Latin American and, pre-eminently, as pastor.
Analysis: Great hopes have been placed in the eight cardinals who will arrive in Rome next week to advise the pope. What can we expect from these cardinals?
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to an examination of conscience about their response to such acts of anti-Christian persecution.
Analysis: "The top person can never be wrong." In that case, Pope Francis is infallible in his recent statements.
John Allen in Rome: Francis called for serious efforts to address poverty and for international cooperation to tackle problems that individual countries can't address on their own.
The Oct. 1-3 summit of eight cardinals from around the world, tapped by the pope to advise on reform, could be a turning point.
Support from Pope Francis, the representative of the ecclesiastical institution and tradition, means more than just comforting and encouraging words.