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.
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.