The Francis Chronicles: It seems that Pope Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the strip, picks up on that cue.
Grace on the Margins: Church leaders are convinced they know the truth about the realities of LGBT people; LGBT people can only claim to have an opinion.
The series of discussions have now begun a more "concrete" phase with "putting ink on paper" in the form of a draft for the introduction to a new constitution.
"Doctrine and pastoral practice cannot be contradictory. One cannot maintain the indissolubility of marriage by allowing the 'remarried' to receive Communion."
Tuck the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ's love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
In the past year, many have noticed a "Francis effect" taking place around the world as throngs of disaffected Catholics have given the church a second look. Yet we may rightly wonder whether this is actually a double effect -- for not only are lay Catholics returning to the pews, but some clergy are feeling empowered to reach toward the ambiguous margins of modern belief.
The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015 will serve as a forum for debating issues on the agenda for the world Synod of Bishops the following month.
Opinion: Young Catholics are increasingly turned off by the attitudes of some American bishops, including the opposition to civil gay marriage and refusal to consider female priests.
Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See said the pope could be a target for the Islamic State, but the Vatican says Francis faces no specific threat.