The church faces three temptations, according to Pope Francis: the temptation to turn the Gospel message into an ideology; the temptation to run the church like a business; and the temptation of clericalism. In an address July 28 to the episcopal council of CELAM, the Latin American conference of bishops, Pope Francis laid out these temptations and how the church should respond to them.
Analysis: Pope Francis made only one trip to Brazil to mark World Youth Day. Existentially, however, the outing was actually more akin to four trips in one.
Analysis: Two of Pope Francis' addresses in Brazil gave clues about where he wants to lead the church and the bishops.
Members of Congress left a host of urgent issues unresolved: immigration reform, the farm bill, and the "grand bargain" of a budget.
The State Department's report leaves out a list of countries actively suppressing religious freedom, or not doing enough to protect it.
Analysis: Abortion opponents thought the case could reshape the abortion debate. Yet the prayers for an impact from the Gosnell conviction may go unanswered.
Analysis: No miracle is required for Oscar Romero's canonization because he was martyred, something Pope John Paul II personally affirmed.
Analysis: The addition of Kim Daniels, who is a leader of the conservative media lobby Catholic Voices USA, seems aimed at revamping the hierarchy's communications strategy.
Analysis: One man's word put four men in prison. But stories conflict, and there's no real evidence to support his claims.
Reports this week that the late Pope John Paul II may be on the verge of sainthood after a second miracle was credited to his intercession aren't a huge surprise: When he died eight years ago, crowds were already clamoring for his canonization, and Pope Benedict XVI quickly waived the usual five-year waiting period to get the process rolling.