After the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a series of innovations by Pope Francis, it is hard to imagine 2014 could be nearly as eventful.
This week’s court decision that freed a senior cleric in Philadelphia who had been jailed for shielding an abusive priest was a symbolic setback for victims’ advocates.
Analysis: Pope Francis has made progress in reforming the Vatican, but many challenges still remain. Cardinal Raymond Burke is a case in point.
Analysis: Those who call for a living wage say recent protests should have received more attention because that right is included in Catholic social teaching.
Analysis: Evangelii Gaudium, released by the Vatican Tuesday, is a vision statement about the kind of community Francis wants Catholicism to be.
Analysis: After drawing a line in the sand on health care, a growing number of bishops are pushing back, arguing that hard-line rhetoric puts them in an untenable position.
Analysis: Whether it's because he carries his own bags or cold-calls troubled Catholics, it's hard to tell. But much of the world's media has fallen for the new pope.
Analysis: St. Ignatius of Loyola's spiritual fingerprints are evident in Pope Francis' spirituality and leadership style.
Analysis: By evoking machismo, Francis not only takes a stance against social hierarchy; he also reminds us of his Latin American roots.
Analysis: Pope Francis has received the council's teaching through his distinctive experiences as a Jesuit, a Latin American and, pre-eminently, as pastor.