Analysis: Pope Francis' longstanding identity as a Jesuit priest is an all-encompassing personal and professional definition that shapes almost everything he does.
Pope Francis, 77, seems to be doing quite well, despite maintaining a nonstop pace of liturgies, meetings, public appearances and hours of prayer.
Changes in technology have fundamentally altered the human quest for spirituality and require Catholics to reevaluate how they approach society.
Priests, brothers and sisters in Catholic religious orders around the globe should "wake up the world" by being "real witnesses" to a countercultural way of life that relies on generosity and self-forgetfulness, Pope Francis told a meeting of superiors general of religious orders in November.
Those religious, the pope added, should also not be afraid of making mistakes or even committing sins.
We say: From the start, the pope has been slowly dismantling that portion of the clerical culture that has led to destructive secrecy, corruption and lack of accountability.
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All Things Catholic: There is a growing migration of priests and religious from the "global south" to the north. What can the church do about it?
Grace on the Margins: In the eyes of the new generation, treating same-sex couples with mercy will not be enough to constitute what they see as justice.
Analysis: Pope Francis is generating the kind of Internet buzz brand managers dream of. But is he a victim of his own good press?
Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro wrote that both papal " 'detractors' as well as those who exalt him" twist Pope Francis' words for their own gain.