Analysis: The cardinals didn't just elect the man but a program, one that found expression in the document produced by the Latin American bishops in Aparecida, Brazil, in May 2007.
Allowing priests to celebrate Mass in the language of the local congregation rather than in Latin allowed the faithful to understand and be encouraged by the word of God, Pope Francis said.
"You cannot turn back. We have to always go forward, always forward and who goes back is making a mistake," he told parishioners after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first time a pope celebrated Mass in the vernacular following the Second Vatican Council.
Appreciation: These two priests were astonishingly gifted leaders who transformed the wider American church from the perch of their beloved Notre Dame.
Appreciation: Holy Cross Fr. Ted Hesburgh was as close to a saint as anyone I have ever known.
At the People's Climate March in New York in September, Veterans for Peace board member Margaret Stevens introduced the new Veterans for Peace vision: Peace at Home, Peace Abroad.
A Roman Observer: How you interpret Humanae Vitae is essential to understanding what Pope Francis "really meant" in his recent remarks on having children. He said so himself.
We say: Humanae Vitae has been a serious impediment to Catholic authority. It has created a disabling chasm between the hierarchy and the faithful.
Analysis: As Francis often does, he is shifting the focus from the "rules" to the principle behind the rules.
NCR Today: The climate crisis especially calls us all to look at contraception through a new lens.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis has shown how revolutionary he can be by upsetting the unwritten rules that guided clerical careerists.