Noted author James Carroll has written a comprehensive article in The New Yorker on the Francis papacy. I would strongly recommend the article as required reading for those who closely follow the workings of the church. Carroll covers both the life of Francis prior to his elevation to the papacy as well as his activities during his first months as pope.
Pope Francis so far has been mostly mum on the topic of abortion, choosing instead to center the issue around the bigger picture of social 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?
NCR Today: A great friend to NCR, Thomas Patrick Melady served as U.S. ambassador to Burundi, Uganda and the Vatican.
Analysis: Next month, Pope Francis will create at least 14 new cardinals. Where will they come from? Latin America? The Curia?
All Things Catholic: Catholicism has been in the news many times since Pope Francis' election. But there are other major Vatican stories the media didn't mention.
By comparison, during the year following the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005, more than 4 million people attended papal events.
From a pair of popes to gay marriage to terrorism, Rudin summarizes what he thinks are the top 10 religion stories from 2013.
After the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a series of innovations by Pope Francis, it is hard to imagine 2014 could be nearly as eventful.
All Things Catholic: At this time of year, the Vatican usually gets calmer and everyone is basically on hiatus. Not so with this pope.