Thursday marks the 100th day since the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. This is a special edition of Morning Briefing examining Francis' first 100 days.
Francis at 100 days: 'the world's parish priest'  by John L. Allen Jr.
Opinion: How the 'Francis effect' could rescue the church  by John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life
Preparing for the Pope by Marie Arana , a journalist and biographer of Simon Bolívar
Francis and the perils of an improv pope  by John L. Allen Jr.
Historians ask: Is Francis a John XXIII?  by Joshua J. McElwee
The paradox of Pope Francis  by Hans Kung
Canada -- A Pope with a plan? Francis's first 100 days.  Recent asides reveal a Jesuitical strategy and hint at Vatican reform, by David Perlich, CBC News Vatican analyst
Canada -- For Catholics, it’s a brave new world.  Editorial from The Catholic Register, Canada's Catholic news source
Switzerland -- Things are happening behind the scenes  by Olivier Pauchard, swissinfo.ch
Vatican City -- Pope Francis after 100 days: A contrast to Benedict  Eric J. Lyman, USA TODAY
Pope's first 100 days suggest he is serious about reforms  Andres Oppenheimer, Latin America correspondent for The Miami Herald
Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Welby offer courageous examples  by Peter Donohue
Ireland -- Francis has changed the face of the papacy in his first 100 days  by Michael Kelly, editor of The Irish Catholic
7 surprising things Pope Francis has done in his first 100 days from Mother Nature Network
100 Days of Francis: Observations and predictions  by John Carr in America magazine
Francis: 'Reality understood best at outskirts'  by Thomas C. Fox
See all of NCR's papal coverage at Pope Francis 
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