John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to an examination of conscience about their response to such acts of anti-Christian persecution.
John Allen in Rome: Francis called for serious efforts to address poverty and for international cooperation to tackle problems that individual countries can't address on their own.
John Allen in Rome: Pope Benedict XVI, who has stayed largely out of the limelight since he stepped down, made the front page of an Italian newspaper.
On his second Italian trip outside Rome, Pope Francis today visited the island of Sardinia, reinforcing his image as a pope of the social gospel by stressing the importance of jobs and environmental protection.
"If there's to be authentic promotion of the person, work has to be guaranteed," the pope said, insisting that work and human dignity are closely intertwined.
Speaking at an assistance center for foreign refugees in Italy, Pope Francis called on wealthy societies and the Catholic Church to do more to help and defend the rights of the needy.
"Charity that leaves a poor person just the way he is does not suffice," the pope said Sept. 10 at the Rome headquarters of Jesuit Refugee Service. "True mercy, that which God gives us and teaches us, asks for justice, asks that the poor person find the way to be poor no more."
Once he gets down to brass tacks, what kind of revolution will Francis lead? Four areas are likely to form the front lines.
Q and A: "History became a primarily masculine enterprise," Cardinal João Braz de Aviz said. "For many reasons -- political, anthropological -- this mode also dominated religion."
Q and A: The "central point" of dialogue between sisters and the Vatican must be upholding church doctrine, says Cardinal João Braz de Aviz.
Q and A: Cardinal João Braz de Aviz in May called for of cooperation and equality between the Vatican and Catholic sisters.
It's a good time to stand back and ask a few big-picture questions about Pope Francis' papacy and where it goes from here.