Analysis: Pope Francis celebrates the anniversary of his papacy each year on the day the church celebrates St. Joseph's feast day. What connects the two men?
In a wide-ranging interview he gave Friday for the second anniversary of his election, Pope Francis touched on a variety of topics, from his concern about bad homilies to his upcoming U.S. visit to his one real wish: to go out for a pizza without being recognized.
But leading most of the news coverage were his remarks suggesting that he expects his papacy to be short, perhaps lasting no more than another year or two.
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.
A new survey shows in stark relief that what some are calling the Great Decline of religion in America continues: Since 2012, the U.S. has about 7.5 million more Americans who are no longer active in religion.
Last week, the 2014 General Social Survey was released. The GSS is the gold standard for sociological surveys. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this multimillion-dollar study gives us the most accurate data on American society -- including religion.
Analysis: Not so long ago, we expected our presidents to adhere to some faith, but few were obsessed with parsing out his views on specific doctrines.
Analysis: With most diocesan priest pension plans significantly underfunded, questions over where the money comes from to support priests may point to a major crisis in the making.
Will the Obama administration go a step further and acquiesce to Republican demands, which some say amount to an attempt to rewrite and erase history?
Analysis: The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year and there is little doubt which way it's leaning.
Analysis: As Francis often does, he is shifting the focus from the "rules" to the principle behind the rules.
Analysis: When you consider the list of the 17 people who died in Paris, you realize it reflects French diversity. But that appears to be the point.