The latest issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday, has an extensive look at the Vatican under Pope Francis. From the article’s preview:
In less than a year since his papacy began, Pope Francis has done much to separate himself from past popes and establish himself as a people’s pope. Francis chose not to reside in the papal palace, but to stay in the Vatican guest house, freeing himself of the insulation of Vatican clergymen. He opts to ride around town in a Ford Focus instead of a chauffeured limo. He pays his own hotel bills and keeps his agenda. And, while Binelli was in Italy, he told a congregation in the piazza that was weathering a storm that he wished he could come down to be with them. “He seems to really mean it,” Mark Binelli reported.
A Vatican insider commented on the way Francis has opted for privacy and independence in a way his predecessors haven’t. “John Paul II and Benedict both had an inner circle so this is very disconcerting to the people on the inside,” he told Rolling Stone. “Does Francis have a war room? No, probably not. But who is he talking to back there? No one really knows.”
“The Times They Are A-Changin,’” reads the cover.