The book, which touches on Francis' thoughts on atheism, abortion, fundamentalism and same-sex marriage, will be available in North America beginning April 30.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – In some ways, Federico Wals had a curious job for the last six years as the spokesperson and media coordinator for Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, a prelate who rarely gave interviews and who was famous for preferring to let his deeds do his talking.
While some corners have praised the pope for his simple gestures, reformers question whether he will address issues that have cost the church "a generation of Catholics."
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Would Pope Francis shut down the Vatican Bank? A former aide says he wouldn't be surprised if it happens.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – When torrential rains and flooding hit Argentina yesterday, leaving more than 50 people dead and thousands homeless, the “Solidarity Network” founded by a veterinarian, social entrepreneur and Catholic layman named Juan Carr sprang into action.
On Wednesday, the movement positioned a large red truck in downtown Buenos Aires to collect food, clothes and other supplies for the flood victims, with a hand-painted banner reading: “You are not alone … the entire country embraces you!”
Q & A: The new pope's own sister was pulling for another cardinal? John Allen found out that and more in his interview with Maria Elena Bergoglio.
Vatican City -- "Women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord," Pope Francis says.
Buenos Aires, Argentina – For all those curious as to whether Pope Francis can deliver the reform of the Roman Curia that was so much in the air during the pre-conclave period, the right person to ask would probably be someone who knows the Vatican from the inside out, and who also watched then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio work in Argentina.
Pope Francis has expressed an affinity for Pope John XXIII, calling the late pope's secretary on the phone Monday and saying "I see him with the eyes of my heart," according to the Vatican's semi-official newspaper.
Francis, according to a report Tuesday in L'Osservatore Romano, called John XXIII's former secretary at the late pope's summer home to personally thank the secretary for a letter he had sent to Francis suggesting an official celebration of the 50th anniversary this June of John's 1963 death.
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the election of the first-ever pope from Latin America is causing a mini-Catholic boom in his home country, but however predictable, signs of a “Francis effect” in Argentina seem almost ubiquitous.
Among other indications of ferment, local Catholics say there’s probably never been a better attended series of Holy Week celebrations in the history of Argentine Catholicism than what transpired in late March 2013.