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.
On his second Italian trip outside Rome, Pope Francis today visited the island of Sardinia, reinforcing his image as a pope of the social gospel by stressing the importance of jobs and environmental protection.
"If there's to be authentic promotion of the person, work has to be guaranteed," the pope said, insisting that work and human dignity are closely intertwined.
A report on the Vatican Radio website this morning announces changes in the Roman Curia.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is putting together his own team.
About 100 church reform groups have teamed up to circulate a petition asking for an "effective voice" for the lay faithful in church decision-making.
Analysis: While reading the interview, I felt like I was in a Jesuit living room having a conversation with a brother. Let me share with you my first reactions.
One-on-one format worked well for Pope Francis, America editor Fr. Matt Malone says in describing events leading to publication of 12,000-word interview.
Pope Francis once again wades into hot-button issues, including abortion and women in the church, in a new interview with Jesuit publications around the world.