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.
A four-minute speech before the church’s cardinals a week before conclave led to the election of Pope Francis, according to a report.
Speaking in the Paul VI grand hall of the Vatican, the Argentine cardinal warned against focusing too much on matters close to home.
Rome dispatch: Pope Francis says he chose his name because St. Francis "was a man of peace, a man of poverty, a man who loved and protected creation."
Analysis: The only question about the election of our new pope is which is the greatest surprise: that he is a Jesuit, that he is Latin American, or that he is 76?
All Things Catholic: This conclave turned into a tribute to the most iconic saint in Catholic tradition. Here's how.
Rome dispatch: When Pope Francis met with his cardinals Friday, there were some slight alterations from the traditions of Pope Benedict XVI.
Opinion: The election of Pope Francis was an inspired choice who might be able to make some changes at the highest levels of church.
Rome dispatch: Cardinals who voted for Pope Francis in this week's conclave said they believe Francis is the right man for the job.