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Following Francis

In Francis' Vatican, the Homeless Get VIP Treatment

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house."

Why Pope Francis Is so Focused on Asia

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- The future of the Catholic Church in Asia cannot omit China, where Christians (including Protestants) are estimated to be as many as 100 million people. Some predict that, by 2030, China could even become the first Christian country in the world.

Holy Ghostwriters: Behind the Pope's Tweets and Encyclicals

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Francis is now busy with something more magisterial, more doctrinal: a new encyclical. The last one, released in July 2013, was taken from one already much prepared by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. This time, it will be fully his own and deal with "human ecology."

Pope Francis: Moving the Church Forward on the Modern Family, One Step at a Time

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Even though he is the mighty "sovereign pontiff," he also knows he cannot just simply impose touchy pastoral shifts overnight without harming the Church's unity. As a former archbishop coming from "the end of the world," the Argentinian pope does not want Rome to solely decide.

Pope Francis: A 'Homebody' Out in the World Who Has Never Been to the United States

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis' best asset is his lasting popularity outside his own Church. His limits are his own physical capacity. He told reporters he gave himself "two or three years" before death. He does not rule out retirement before then.