We say: For a community whose narrative is woven with symbols, those advanced by Pope Francis became more awe-inspiring as the days wore on.
Analysis: As Pope Francis basks in broad approval, some constituencies in the Catholic church are cautious or even angry at his election.
Pope Francis is the first pope to have been ordained a priest after Vatican II. He was ordained a Jesuit in 1969.
Pope Francis' style of diving toward the crowds means his protectors have to do a quick rewrite of strategy, sometimes on the spot.
All Things Catholic: Now that Pope Francis' papacy is under way, the focus will shift from style to substance. Can he deliver the reform cardinals believe they were voting for?
Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.
Counterintuitive, yes. But Pope Francis' focus outside the church, on the environment and poor, may be precisely what's required for a thorough inside makeover.
Rome, which was hit especially hard in the global recession, hopes a new pope will bring some new business to the hurting city.
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.