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.
Pope Francis' style of diving toward the crowds means his protectors have to do a quick rewrite of strategy, sometimes on the spot.
All Things Catholic: Now that Pope Francis' papacy is under way, the focus will shift from style to substance. Can he deliver the reform cardinals believe they were voting for?
For those tempted to draw an overly sharp distinction between Pope Francis and his predecessor, the new pope offered a clear reminder Friday that he's cut from much the same cloth.
Young Voices: It's refreshing to hear the new pope speak Spanish, a language currently and historically ridiculed and eliminated in schools across the United States.
John Allen in Rome: Catholics can't wait to see what Francis does as pope, but the sense of expectation is intense in Syria.
Counterintuitive, yes. But Pope Francis' focus outside the church, on the environment and poor, may be precisely what's required for a thorough inside makeover.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Pope Francis confirmed he would be in Rio de Janeiro in July for World Youth Day and, she said, he also told her he intended to visit Brazil's National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope and Rousseff spent 15 minutes speaking alone Wednesday before the dozen members of her delegation joined them.