What does it mean for a pope today if he bravely takes the name of Francis? The concerns of the 13th-century saint must be taken seriously.
In somewhat muted tones, some are asking if Pope Francis will be like Pope John XXIII, a beloved figure among many for his decision to open the Second Vatican Council.
Rome dispatch: Pope Francis' first Sunday as pontiff stressed both mercy and a knack for personally engaging with an audience.
How did Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio get to 77 votes so quickly? Here's some insider knowledge the cardinals have provided.
Pope Francis has been busy since his election, and he has used his activity to further the image of a warm, simple pastor.
The Roman Catholic church has its first Latin American pope: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, now to be known as Pope Francis.
NCR Today: The pope didn't mince words in responding to the agenda of the latest G8 meetings, which began Monday.
How inclusive is the Catholic church?
This debate has been going on for centuries. We are all the children of God, the inclusivists maintain. Jesus set an inclusive example; his message was inclusive. He died so all can be saved, the inclusivists say.
NCR Today: The reports in the air today are based on leaked notes from a meeting with Francis, so we don't actually know what the pope said.
John L. Allen Jr.: Pope Francis tends to speak off the cuff, giving highly personal reflections that are open to different interpretations.