A poll shows that Pope Francis is immensely popular, but that popularity hasn't brought more people to Mass or the sacraments.
Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis has said many things in his first year as pope that have sparked discussion and controversy. We've compiled some of his most memorable quotes.
This date in history: March 13, 2013. The College of Cardinals elects Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the next pope. Bergoglio takes the name Francis, thus beginning a historic year for the papacy.
At the one-year mark of Pope Francis' election, the answer depends on whether you are an old-timer or a relative newcomer.
Analysis: Pope Francis has spent the first year of his pontificate pursuing two projects: revitalizing evangelization efforts and reforming the church's central administration.
As some high school teachers may know, it can be a challenge to get a room full of rowdy teenage boys to learn, much less be interested in, the required class curriculum.
But a 28-year-old Pope Francis survived and succeeded when he taught literature at the Jesuit-run School of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Fe, Argentina, according to a former student.
Jorge Milia, today an Argentine writer, reveals in a lengthy interview then-Fr. Jorge Bergoglio's approach to education and teaching methods, which also shed light on his pastoral style as pope.
Analysis: At the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis kept saying he had authority not to dominate the people but to serve them.
NCR Today: A U.S.-based group that operates a clergy sex abuse database has accused Pope Francis of remaining silent on clergy sex abuse during his time in Argentina.
Sixty years ago, the kind of lively Gospel Christianity Pope Francis talks about today was flourishing in the U.S. and 25 other countries. It was achieved through the so-called "movements" -- the Young Christian Workers (YCW), the Young Christian Students (YCS) and the Christian Family Movement (CFM). Small groups from parishes or schools were gathering regularly to examine various problems of life in their own areas, like poverty, politics, racism or culture. They would then discuss how a particular issue relates to Gospel values.
Analysis: Pope Francis' longstanding identity as a Jesuit priest is an all-encompassing personal and professional definition that shapes almost everything he does.