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.
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."
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: 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.
Celebrating the feast of St. Ignatius with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis prayed he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord.
Jesus told his disciples never to be ashamed of following him, but Jesuits are taught to look upon the crucifix and "feel that very human and very noble sentiment which is shame for not measuring up," the pope said Wednesday during his homily at the Mass in Rome's Church of the Gesu, where St. Ignatius is buried.
All Things Catholic: Every papal trip is a journey into the unknown, and Pope Francis faces some real risks on his first overseas trip to Brazil.
John Allen in Rome: The report says the cleric Pope Francis chose to reform the Vatican bank led a double life while in Uruguay, including visiting gay bars.