Francis has sketched a beguiling vision of a more merciful and compassionate church, but pulling it off will require finding bishops to match.
Perhaps the single public figure on the planet right now least in need of rehabilitation of his image is Pope Francis, who's got poll numbers in most places of which politicians and celebrities alike can only dream.
Nevertheless, rehabilitation is precisely what Italian journalist Nello Scavo delivers in his new book Bergoglio's List: The Untold Story of the People Saved by Francis during the Dictatorship, which was presented today at the headquarters of the Jesuit journal Civiltà Cattolica in Rome.
John Allen in Rome: A part of a recent interview with pope Francis wasn't reported exactly right, but that doesn't mean something mystical didn't happen.
(NOTE: An update to this story appears below.)
While stressing the basic “trustworthiness” of a recent blockbuster interview with Pope Francis by Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, left room on Oct. 2 for the possibility of small imprecisions.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who was among the cardinals who elected Francis, today confirmed one such error – a point of fact, as it happens, with important implications for understanding the immediate reaction of Pope Francis to his election.
Q and A: Franciscan Fr. Michael Perry said Pope Francis should keep in mind the message of St. Francis and the Gospels.
John Allen in Rome: Days after the Vatican bank attempted to project a new image of transparency, another Vatican financial department faced fresh charges of corruption and shady practices.
John Allen in Rome: Although Pope Francis has earned a reputation for taking on tough questions, so far he's been quiet on child sexual abuse scandals.
The international political system stood "one step from the abyss" over a potential U.S. attack in Syria, Enrico Letta said Sunday.
John Allen in Rome: Steamy magazine exposés are rarely good news for the people or institutions featured in them. That's probably especially true for the Vatican bank.
Pope Francis met with the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and issued a call for a "compact rejection of this type of armament."