• ‘Asian Francis’ elected to lead pope’s ‘Solidarity Army’

    • May 14, 2015

    ROME — A Filipino cardinal dubbed the “Asian Francis” for his similarities in outlook and personality to the pontiff has been elected the new global leader for the charitable outreach of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, known as “Chito,” was elected president of Caritas Internationalis on Thursday. Based

  • Cardinal O’Malley presses Vatican on bishop accountability

    • Apr 15, 2015

    ROME — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston made a pitch to Pope Francis and his team of cardinal advisors Wednesday on the need to hold bishops who fail to report sexual abuse accountable. O’Malley’s talk came three days after two survivors of clerical sexual abuse met with him to

  • Pope’s advisers start to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy

    • Sep 17, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. The so-called C9, a papally appointed group of nine cardinal members, held its sixth meeting Sept 15-17 with Pope Francis

  • Hard questions we’re not asking Pope Francis

    • Sep 2, 2014

    Pope Francis is an undeniably attractive figure whose concern for people at society’s margins can be awesome to behold. As a result, it’s almost impossible sometimes not to go soft on the man. To take a recent example: While in South Korea in mid-August, the pontiff made a point of