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.
On Saturday, I was on a panel on Chicago public radio. My subject was Pope Francis, and though I had little time, I tried to present him in a very positive light: a man who lived in his own home; cooked his own dinner; took the bus to work; embraced the poor, not just in words but in his presence among them; and made social justice a major theme of his episcopacy. I was in high spirits about this new leader, who seemed in so many ways to resemble our founder.
John Allen in Rome: When looking into Pope Francis' background, it's easy to get caught up in what he said about same-sex marriage. But be wary.
Review: It was six years in the making, but "In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan" is a great story of Francis' peacemaking during the Crusades.