Pope Francis

Pope Francis

BY Trent Gilliss April 26, 2016

We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince's life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.

BY Paul Elie April 18, 2016

Pope Francis had an extraordinary week issuing a seminal document on love and family, travelling to a refugee "hot zone," and meeting Bernie Sanders in Rome. The common thread: the pope's willingness to accompany people where they're at and walk alongside humanity, whether it be a Syrian refugee or a U.S. presidential candidate.

BY Megan Sweas March 24, 2016

Pope Francis' move to open the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual to women earlier this year was big news, but it wasn't all that innovative. A groundswell of laypeople called to the work of washing feet every day — in parishes, hospitals, and high schools — are reinvigorating ritual.

BY Andrew Revkin March 20, 2016

Coverage of climate change frequently sounds the alarm, summoning our worries and fears to call us to action. After 30 years of climate reporting, Andrew Revkin isn't worried anymore. A memoir of climate change that places the human condition in the foreground.

BY Sharon Salzberg October 19, 2015

On finding herself amidst a buzzing group of Pope Francis's admirers, Sharon Salzberg marvels at their elation at simply being in his presence — and reflects on what they can teach us about being open to receiving spiritual goodness.

BY Trent Gilliss March 15, 2014

On the first anniversary of Pope Francis' election, James Martin explains how the pope's ministry has been shaped by his Jesuit identity — including the three degrees of humility.

BY Peter J. Michaels March 12, 2014

A lapsed Catholic takes heart in Pope Francis' words as he considers his role as a journalist and a media consumer.

BY Martin E. Marty February 07, 2014

Can something positive appear on a popular TV comedy show? An analysis of the "edgy Catholic Sunday School teacher and TV host as a catechist who can teach other catechists much."

BY Charles C. Camosy September 21, 2013

Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered "liberal" simply because he doesn't fit into "conservative" categories.

BY March 16, 2013

In this week's capsule: preparing to interview poet Marie Howe, reflections from a Benedictine monastery in the Midwest, and some illumination from Pema Chodron.