The Pope is engaged in a struggle to bring the Church into the modern age, and American conservatives are fighting him every step of the way, writes Elizabeth Bruening in The New Republic.
In just two years, Francis has changed the face of Catholicism by radically reimagining how it presents itself to the world, presenting a different style of being Pope and a new set of priorities for the Church, writes Thomas Reese..
Nowhere are the hopes raised by Pope Francis over the past two years felt more keenly than among women, often the driving force behind local Church communities. But they say that their voices remain marginalised, reports The New York Times in Crux.
The New Covenant was sealed when Christ died for our sins, as John 3:14-21 tells us in tomorrow's Gospel reading.
The reforms that Francis launched with vigour and near-evangelistic zeal are showing signs of a sophomore slump, bogged down in ponderous consultations and more infighting, writes David Gibson.
The second anniversary of the election of Pope Francis has brought some enduring images of his Papacy so far in the stories we have found for our special CathNews Perspectives editions, which conclude today.
Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at a Rome prison and wash the feet of male and female inmates, reports the Catholic News Service.
A comic book which narrated the life of St John XXIII has been re-issued 50 years after its initial release, reports The Catholic Herald.
As tensions between India and Sri Lanka over fishing waters show little signs of abating, a Lent festival does much to sooth relations, reports Ucanews.
Every now and then a story comes along that perfectly captures a couple of aspects of the Vatican’s internal culture, points that often aren’t well understood, but that are essential to grasping what makes the place tick, writes John Allen in Crux.
In an effort to fight hunger, the Church is making more than 1200 hectares of Church-owned land available for commercial farming in drought-stricken East Africa, reports the Religion News Service.
Leaders of the US bishops' conference have invited people to pray for "those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere," reports the Catholic News Service.
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, played an important role at the Family Synod of October, 2014. Here he reflected on the event for Kairos.
On the Left wing of the Church, activists such as Sister Teresa Forcades have welcomed Francis's rhetoric but wonder about substance, reported Al Jazeera early last year.
In an October, 2014 interview with Spanish weekly Vida Nueva, America's tradition-loving Cardinal Raymond Burke likened the Church under Francis to a "ship without a rudder," reported Crux.
In the lead-up to last year's Family Synod, five members of the College of Cardinals, including Australia's George Pell, jointly-authored a book defending Church doctrine regarding divorced-and-remarried Catholics.
In January, 2014, Cardinal Rodriguez, an influential aide to Pope Francis, urged the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to be more flexible about reforms being discussed in the Church under Francis.
In late 2013, The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Muller, published an article insisting on the indissolubility of marriage and rejecting calls for divorcees to take Communion.
The German Cardinal and theologian, Walter Kasper, had long been an odd man out in the Vatican power structure, but his Gospel of Mercy approach to theology appeals to Pope Francis, writes Dave Gibson.