Several presenters at a theological conference found a shift in emphasis between Pope Francis and his two immediate predecessors.
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Pope Francis met Monday with members of the Green family, the billionaires whose company, Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obama's contraception mandate to the Supreme Court.
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Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis
God is not stingy with his love and mercy; he is generous and forgiving, patiently waiting for his children who have sinned to come home, Pope Francis said.
God is the father described in the parable of the prodigal son, "a father who always waits for us, who always forgives us and who celebrates when we return," the pope said in his homily Friday during an early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Opinion: Francis can earn little credibility about his devotion to the poor if he does not first embrace those whose lives have been impoverished by his church.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
NCR Today: Francis and Obama have a great deal in common, but beyond their policy alignments, their greatest asset is that they understand the importance of symbols.
When Pope Francis visits the Holy Land in May, he will follow the pattern he set last year in Brazil by meeting with the leaders of the three nations he will visit as well as with the less fortunate.
But the trip also will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, and it is for that reason the theme of the trip is: "So that they may be one."