The article describes the Pope from his own words, his main assistant's and some of his colleagues words, too.
I'm just going to underline that he is actually a new, relevant and different representant of his religion. According to the text, he has changed some people from the Vatican, for the Pope has had too many representatives and his power was not executed directly. This was the 20th Century most critized Vatican problem, among many others (child abuse worldwide, money irregularities, liberal theologists banned and hundreds more.) Some news about him washing jailed prisoners' foot, living and eating everyday in common and public Vatican places (like St. Marta's House) are true. He doesn't like richness and feels better among a group of friends while having lunch between middle-class or among any others from the Holy Country.
This doesn't mean that he is all day long outside, like he used to do in Argentina. On the contrary, he thinks what he is going to do next, what consequences can derive from every action, but, at the same time, he is an emotional sensible man.
Though old Cathecism rules do not seem to be very transformed, some orthodox methods are on their way of extinction.
He won't move rules about same-sex unions, but he won't criticize them. At the same time, he will make some little attacks on homophobia: He asks himself and all the Catholics: 'Who am I to judge a gay relationship?' It happens the same with others controversial old rules, like with divorced couples which were not clear if they coulf have the Holy Communion --when they divorce wasn't completely nulled--. His attitude is open toward this.
Next October, there will be a meeting about family and old schemes regarding that theme. Nothing is going to change, but homophobia is going to go away from there, together with some old-fashioned behaviours, like most of his sensational sentences have invited to, for ever. He has written some important letters, he holds reasons (together with other archbishops) and a brilliant past for this: he's not a radical and he understands what is suffering, what are our everyday problems in this century and that 'old hells' doesn't work anymore. The main argument is to situate the man in the center again, so other controversial and bored/ill words; ideas will become old-fashioned, giving space to new and needed agoras for nowadays, actual problems.
From my point of view, Francis I, the Pope, is a very intelligent man of dialogue, comunication, and abilities for understanding other peoples' sufferings or success, so, as an important good-man, he will have to take lots of time to avoid fanatisms of any way or kind.
As a Pope, some people would say, 'he should be more readical', but he is also the representative of the Vatican, so 'let it be.' Changes, if they are written and taken into account, will be trascendental, no matter when but how.
Dark sides from the Vatican City remain in its place: The former Inquisition's Head Minister is the same one, the one which Ratzinger named before he left all. Though ultra-coservatives are against any change, there are still hundreds of reforms this Pope will have to face.
Here, in Spain, ultra-conservatives have demonstrated no happiness with the new Head of the Church. Whilst he keeps trying to be moderate and to demonstrate tolerance and peace, many bishops and branches keep preaching to the devil (that is, power and money, no matter what the Pope says) like an opposite line regarding the one they followed with Benedictus XVI (remember the visits he made to Spain, in alliance with bishops, politicians and many other figures.) Now, there are some cases of non-obedience for his comandments relating many aspects, though press doesn't give importance to it as it should: there are some cases of not allowed exorcisms -which were not directly relationed with the church, but with some preachers-, and some others about pederastia here and all over the world. The former is a hard matter the Sumus Pontificus is dealing with.
If Francisco I wins this battle, there will be new hopes not only for the Church itself, but for other religions, people, non-believers and communities around the world for a common-place of peace, dialogue tolerance, and renovation in the Christian communities derived from the Catholic big cisma.