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?
Pope Francis has abolished the practice of rewarding priests under the age of 65 with the title of "monsignor." Wonderful! I wholeheartedly support any and all attempts to level the hierarchical structure that encourages both careerism and clericalism in our church.
Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro wrote that both papal " 'detractors' as well as those who exalt him" twist Pope Francis' words for their own gain.
Analysis: Next month, Pope Francis will create at least 14 new cardinals. Where will they come from? Latin America? The Curia?
John L. Allen Jr.: At least eight papal storylines worth noting emerged between Jan. 1 and Jan. 6, typically a dead period in the Vatican.
Pope Francis brought an undeniably new attitude to the church in 2013. His pastoral approach and focus on the poor is genuine and significant. As we enter 2014, however, the questions become: How much substantive change can we expect? What will it look like?
There are a few areas where Pope Francis has already made clear change will occur: There is an expectation of greater transparency and a reform of the operation of the Vatican bank.
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.
Steve Mullin is a layman like only a few hundred others in the American church.