In the cases of then-Cardinal Bergolgio's involvement in the Dirty War and clergy sex abuse, the reporting has included liberal use of such terms as "cloudy" and "murky."
Pope Francis, the first man from the Americas to be elected leader of the Catholic church, reportedly supports the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, a Salvadoran prelate whose killing in 1980 is widely regarded throughout Latin America as an act of martyrdom.
Francis, the London Catholic weekly The Tablet reported Monday, indicated his support for Romero's sainthood while speaking to the wife of the Salvadoran president during a meeting with Vatican ambassadors Friday.
The simplicity dotting the first days of Pope Francis' tenure gave some Catholics cause for concern, specifically among those who celebrate the traditional Latin Mass.
Commentary: Much of the scandals surrounding the Curia are management problems that can be dealt with using "best practices" of business and government.
John Allen in Rome: Francis led the Palm Sunday liturgy Sunday, marking the opening of the Holy Week observances of the Catholic church.
John Allen in Rome: During his first 10 days in office, the "Francis phenomenon" has given rise to three urban legends worth debunking, lest they take on a life of their own.
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 celebrated Mass Friday morning for the Vatican's gardeners and house cleaners, apparently after walking into the celebration unexpectedly and joining the group by quietly sitting among the congregation.
Grace on the Margins: Recent reports call into question Pope Francis' relations with evangelicals and raise the question of future work between Catholics and evangelicals.