ROME -- Through the guidelines put forward in the recently released "Amoris Laetitia" document, Pope Francis is moving his church to be less "uniformized" by Rome alone and to become more pastorally plural and creative on the ground. In a nutshell, this means a less Roman and more Catholic Church. Catholicism, of course, originally meant "universal."
MEXICO CITY -- While the Pope cannot and will not be a deus ex machina, nor the answer to Mexico's myriad problems, his visit will surely give hope and inspiration to millions. If he does speak out, it will serve to shine a powerful light on the violence, pervasive corruption, social inequality and injustice in my country.
ROME -- Rumors of a plan to meet the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and of a deal with Beijing to name Catholic bishops in China signal Vatican maneuvers on the eastern front.
ROME -- Reform of the Vatican, outreach to divorced couples, the jubilee and several trips overseas are on the schedule as Pope Francis' pontificate enters its fourth year.
Francis' Friends May Be Numbered in the Vatican -- And the 'Vatileaks' Scandal Is a Testament to That
ROME -- "Vatileaks 2" is the latest scandal to emerge from the Vatican. How many real friends Pope Francis has there today looks harder to count than ever.
Francis calls himself "a sinner." Others call him "a radical."
Pope Francis has switched the focus of the Catholic Church away from a high-profile fight against abortion and gay marriage and onto a mission to serve the poor and extend mercy to all. He is far more concerned with issues related to money than to sex.
It was no coincidence.
In the conclave, Pope Francis touched on the early church fathers' sense of the mysterium lunae. The mystery of the moon is that it has no light of its own; it only reflects the light of the sun. He said the church should not mistake itself for the sun. It has instead the mystery of the moon. It must remember that it only shines by reflecting the light of the divine.