Professing that the church is "catholic" means accepting its teachings, accepting the gifts it offers to help one grow in holiness and accepting the fact that it is composed of different people with different gifts and opinions, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis' recent warning against overemphasizing moral teachings against abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception means that U.S. bishops should emulate his positive approach to evangelization, not shift the priorities of their public policy agenda, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
Pope Francis, like Islam's Sufi mystic theologians and poets, "is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion," said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland.
Mohamad Bashar Arafat, a Syrian who has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was visiting the Vatican and speaking to groups in Rome in early October as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See as part of the U.S. State Department's international speakers program.
Pope Francis criticized the global economic system Thursday, telling an international group celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris that the system is "inhuman."
Pope Francis' first meeting with eight cardinals advising him on reforming the church saw the group take up a wide range of themes.
Analysis: Whether it's because he carries his own bags or cold-calls troubled Catholics, it's hard to tell. But much of the world's media has fallen for the new pope.
The bank made the report available as part of a series of reforms started by Pope Benedict XVI and pushed forward this year by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has formalized the structure of the group of cardinals advising him on church reform, organizing them as a council asked to give advice but not make decisions.
Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints together on April 27, the Vatican announced this morning.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is putting together his own team.