Pope Francis

Artist, Activist, Martyr

Bolivia's gift to Francis of a hammer-and-sickle crucifix implied its artist was a secret Marxist. I was disconcerted: This was not at all the Luis Espinal I knew.

Celebrating Humility

Francis sat before the Special Olympics athletes as though among heroes. Instead of us being there as his “audience,” he became the audience for athletes to address.

Letter from Rome

Various Vatican officials are frustrated with the awkward translations of Francis's remarks. “Some of them make the pope sound stupid, and he's anything but."

Letter from Rome

Who sits with Francis in the papal plane; How Benedict contrasts with history's other pope emeritus; Why one Italian mayor is mad the pope won't take a vacation.

The Next Step

'Laudato si’' develops a notion of solidarity within and between generations, not only with fellow human beings but with the whole earth and all its creatures.
Msgr. Dario Viganò

Letter from Rome

As Francis plans to overhaul the Holy See's media management, a bishop-psychotherapist is assigned to help remove "playboy priests" from an infamous Italian diocese.

'Everything Is Connected'

For Francis, climate change is part of a larger ecological crisis -- that itself is part of a larger ethical failure involving how we treat the poor and the unborn.

Letter from Rome

Synod officials released an "underwhelming" working document for October's assembly while Italian Catholics gathered to protest gay marriage and gender theory.

Global Warning

Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si’ advocates nothing less than a cultural revolution. In refreshingly readable prose, the pontiff calls on people of...

The Pope, the Saint, and the Climate

Any who claim Francis is ignoring the Catholic past and inventing radical new doctrines has to reckon with the care he takes in paying homage to his predecessors.

Letter from Rome

Can Cardinal Pell – or any Catholic – simply ignore the new encyclical or the parts they don’t like? Many have done so before, not least concerning Humanae Vitae.

Catholicism & the Environment

Suggested reading from Commonweal—articles, editorials, and blog posts—in light of Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, 'Laudato Si'.'
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Book Reviews

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

God's Bankers

April 16, 2015 | 2 comments

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 5 comments

Share & Share Alike

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment