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  • Pope Francis' official Coat of Arms

    03/18/2013 8:15:50 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 26 replies
    Monday, March 18, 2013 Pope Francis' official Coat of ArmsBy Brian Kopp From the Vatican website announcement (via Google translate, bold added): ...Pope Francis has decided to keep his coat front, chosen from his episcopal consecration and characterized by a linear simplicity.The blue shield is surmounted by symbols of papal dignity, the same as those taken by his predecessor Benedict XVI (miter placed between crossed keys of gold and silver, bound by a red cord). At the top, stands the emblem of the order of origin of the Pope, the Society of Jesus, a radiant sun and flamboyant loaded from...
  • Is Pope Francis a Liturgical Liberal?

    03/18/2013 3:31:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    >There have been some rumblings amongst traditionalist Catholics that Pope Francis is going to turn out to be a liturgical liberal. Apparently a few extremists are worried that Pope Benedict’s encouragement of the Latin Mass and his bringing back some of the older styles of clerical dress and papal customs are going to be thrown out in favor of happy clappy masses, clowns, balloons and big puppets.Everyone should stop and take a deep breath and get a sense of priorities. I am myself, on the more traditionalist side of the liturgy wars. I dislike anodyne, sentimental church music, a game...
  • Is Pope Francis Liberal or Conservative?

    03/18/2013 7:09:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2013 | Selwyn Duke
    With the election of Pope Francis, there has been an almost "catholic" attempt to determine if he is liberal or conservative. CBS claims he is a "staunch conservative" based on the fact that, as correspondent Allen Pizzey put it, he "opposes abortion, supports celibacy, and called gay adoption discrimination against children," not to mention his opposition to faux marriage. Tingle Central's Chris Matthews said that the new pontiff is economically "progressive," which, if we were to be informed by actual statistics, should mean he wouldn't give one red cent to anybody. But none of these analysts will peg the pope...
  • Pope Francis & the poor

    03/18/2013 6:59:55 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom ^ | 3/18/2013 | Scott Walter
    ... Houselander concludes that the usual “efforts at reform” in the Church are useless. “There are only two weapons against the worldly spirit which has possessed so many Catholics for so long,” and they are “Contemplation and visible, voluntary Poverty.” How prophetic, given that Rome now has a Pope Emeritus devoted to the former and a new Pope devoted to the latter. Pope Benedict voluntarily gave away his power to devote himself to a cloistered life of contemplation. And Pope Francis famously said after his election, “How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor.”
  • Pope Francis Warns Against "Demonic Worldliness"

    03/18/2013 3:16:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies ^ | March 18, 2013 | Staff
    ( -- When he said Mass for the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, newly elected Pope Francis I warned these princes of the church against professing what he called “the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.”
  • Is Pope Francis a fraud? (That didn't take long)

    03/17/2013 9:59:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Salon ^ | March 16, 2013 | Andrew O'Hehir
    It’s easy — maybe too easy — for people with progressive political views to dismiss the Roman Catholic Church as a vile anachronism, a nightmarish patriarchy of aging pedophiles, woman-haters, homophobes and/or closet cases that can offer nothing of value to the contemporary world. When it comes to the church hierarchy, and especially the Roman Curia, the corrupt and labyrinthine Vatican bureaucracy that makes the Soviet-era Kremlin look like a model of transparency, that point of view seems more than justified. But the church is not just the hierarchy, and as the spectacle of the last several days has demonstrated,...
  • Did the Medieval Catholic Church Have a Female Pope?

    03/17/2013 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The election of Pope Francis as the 266th bishop of Rome held many milestones. Francis is the first Latin American pope in history and the first non-European pontiff in about 1,200 years. However, some have claimed that a Medieval pope might have reached a milestone considered impossible given the standards and rules of Vatican City for ordained clergy. Legend has it that in the ninth century the Roman Catholic Church was ruled briefly by a "Pope Joan," who disguised herself as a man, rising through the ranks of the male-dominated hierarchy. Many have hailed the legend as true, with two...
  • Fatima Shrine recalls Pope Francis' sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of Fatima

    03/17/2013 3:36:06 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 1 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 3/17/13 | Brian Kopp
    Sunday, March 17, 2013 Fatima Shrine recalls Pope Francis' sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of FatimaBy Brian Kopp For the record, here is a Google translation of yesterday's email (in Portuguese) of the Fatima Shrine's announcement regarding Cardinal Bergoglio's 1998 sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of Fatima:  From: Press Room | Fatima Shrine  Date: March 16, 2013 10:42:06 AM PDT To: Subject: Buenos Aires, 1998: Fatima Shrine recalls the reception of Pope Francisco to Image Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima  26/2013, of March 16, 2013 - 17:30 Buenos Aires, 1998 - "Benvinda the house, Mother!"  Fatima Shrine recalls...
  • Pope Francis takes over Vatican's top secret dossiers (Fr. Georg tasked with guiding Bergoglio)

    03/17/2013 1:32:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    La Stampa ^ | March 17, 2013
    Fr. Georg has the task of guiding Bergoglio in his journey through the Vatican's secrets (vatican insider) A discreet and unexpected presence on the eve of the Papal election, Fr. Georg has been constantly by Francis’ side during his first public appearances: from his visit to Saint Mary Major to pray, to the meeting with journalists in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The role of Archbishop Gänswein at the beginning of this Pontificate goes beyond that of Prefect of the Pontifical Household; indeed, his sentimental involvement is evident and says a lot about his personality. It also brings to...
  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's "Letter On the Year of Faith" (Crossing Threshold of Faith)

    03/17/2013 1:41:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 15, 2013 | CWR Staff
    Left: The Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Right: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., who was elected Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, in a 2005 photo. (CNS photo/Enrique Marcarian, Reuters) Editor's note: The following Letter On the Year of Faith was presented by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., now Pope Francis, on October 1, 2012, the Feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. It is published with the express permission of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. LETTER ON THE YEAR OF FAITH:TO THE PRIESTS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS...
  • Former SSPX seminarian constant companion of Pope Francis

    03/17/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 19 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 3/17/13 | Brian Kopp
    Sunday, March 17, 2013 Former SSPX seminarian constant companion of Pope FrancisBy Brian Kopp Some traditionalist bloggers seem to want to suggest that Pope Francis' closest friends and confidantes are of the progressive persuasion, but his right hand man at present is a former SSPX seminarian ... Georg Gänswein, despite his athletic and youthful appearance, is extremely conservative. But he has been careful to tone down his “traditionalist” side. Shortly after the election of Benedict XVI in 2005, all references to the papal secretary’s life prior to his new-found fame disappeared from the internet. Only later did any personal information...
  • Pelosi to Reporters: ‘Get Excited’ About New Pope

    03/17/2013 7:12:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 14, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters present at her weekly Capitol Hill news conference to “get excited” about newly elected Pope Francis. While discussing with Capitol Hill reporters on Thursday her experience watching the selection of the new pope, Pelosi said: “Isn’t it exciting? I think so. Get excited. This is big, this is big.” Earlier in the press briefing, Pelosi said she was happy to hear Pope Francis chose his name based on Saint Francis of Assisi, for whom Pelosi’s home city of San Francisco is named. …
  • A great story of Jorge Bergoglio and a poor widow who wanted her children baptized

    03/17/2013 2:46:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 17, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A revealing anecdote from an interview in 2009 with the man who would become Pope Francis: Just a few days ago I baptized seven children of a woman on her own, a poor widow, who works as a maid and she had had them from two different men. I met her last year at the Feast of San Cayetano. SheÂ’d said: Father, IÂ’m in mortal sin, I have seven children and IÂ’ve never had them baptized. It had happened because she had no money to bring the godparents from a distance, or to pay for the party, because she always...

    03/17/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    southern Orders ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Allan J. McDonald
    SOUTHERN ORDERS: BOMBSHELL, THE HOLY FATHER GIVES HOLY COMMUNION TO THE DEACONS BY WAY OF INTINCTION AS THEY KNEEL BEFORE HIM AT THE PARISH CHURCH OF SAINT ANNA'S AND THEN DOES NOT DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION TO THE LAITY NOR ANY OF THE BISHOPS, THE TWO DEACONS DISTRIBUTE ONLY THE HOSTS TO THE LAITY AS THEY KNEEL TO RECEIVE!!!!!!! I am watching a live feed from the Mass within the Vatican at Santa Anna parish. The altar is dressed in the free standing altar is dressed in the Benedictine fashion as it was in the Sistine Chapel. The Holy Father is...
  • Liberals will soon turn on Pope Francis

    03/17/2013 11:37:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    We are still a bare few days into the pontificate of Pope Francis. I have therefore declined to gush out lots of entries here, burbling my every half-formed notion about what is going to happen. I have also avoided surfing from site to site, news agency to news agency, to sift the wonky grindings of those who want to be in-the-know.Today, however, I went to see what the National Schismatic Reporter had to say. John Allen is a well-informed, hard-working analyst, of course, and well-worth consulting, while the rest of the writers over there are good for a laugh.With amused...
  • State Dept.: If Request Were Made for International Monitoring of Papal Election....

    03/17/2013 8:21:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/17/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Friday that if a request were to "come forward" that the papal election be monitored by an international organization called the Organization for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the U.S. government “would take it very seriously.” Nuland made the remark only after she did some “digging” on the issue because Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee had questioned her at Thursday's briefing about whether the administration believed the papal election had met international standards. At both Thursday’s and Friday’s briefings there was more than a little jocularity in the way Nuland handled Lee’s...
  • Weigel thinks Pope Francis embodies Church's future

    03/17/2013 5:48:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | March 16, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Francis meets with the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013. Credit: CTV. Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the Church to thrive in the modern cultural context. “I think Pope Francis embodies the Church's turn into the Evangelical Catholicism of the future in a profound way,” Weigel told CNA on March 15, just two days into the new papacy. “If he can reform the Curia and turn it into...
  • Pope wades into crowd before 1st window appearance

    03/17/2013 7:05:34 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 3.17 | d'emilio
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy. He also spoke only in Italian - beginning with "buon giorno" (Good day) and ending with "buon pranzo" (Have a good lunch) - instead of greeting the faithful in several languages as his last few predecessors had done. His comments and humor delighted a crowd of more than 150,000 in St. Peter's Square, drawing cheers and laughter. But Francis did tweet in English and other languages, saying:...
  • South Africa cardinal says pedophilia not a crime

    03/17/2013 7:44:11 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2013 | David Dolan and Jason Webb
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC pedophilia is an illness and not a crime. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that pedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a criminal condition, it's an illness," he said. Napier said he knew of at least two priests who became pedophiles after they were abused as children. "Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who...
  • Pope Francis Speaks of God’s Mercy at First Sunday Angelus

    03/17/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/17/13 | Madeleine Teahan
    Pope Francis made the power of God’s mercy his central message this morning as he celebrated Mass at Sant’Anna church in Vatican City and delivered his first Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter’s Square. During his homily at the local church, Pope Francis said: “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message. “If we are like the Pharisee before the altar, who said: ‘Thank you, Lord, for not making me like all the other men, and especially not like that fellow at the door, like that publican’… well, then we do not know the heart of the Lord, and we...
  • Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Crowd of 300,000

    03/17/2013 10:02:44 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 17, 2013
    Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Crowd of 300,000 VATICAN CITY, March 17, 2013 Before an astounding crowd of some 300,000 in and around St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis today delivered his first angelus as pontiff, urging the faithful to be merciful and forgiving. Hours earlier, the humility and spontaneity of the 76-year-old Argentine was on display when he greeted onlookers near the edge of Vatican City. As the pope was entering a mass in St. Anna Parish, he decided to stop and greet a crowd of people awaiting his arrival. Walking up to the crowd, Francis shook hands,...
  • Will 'transgender rights' drive Catholics out of public schools?

    03/17/2013 8:43:07 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 40 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 03/16/2013 | Mary Hasson
    The Massachusetts Board of Education recently issued formal “guidance” to the state’s public schools, telling them how to implement new laws protecting against gender identity discrimination. The Board of Education insists that schools must not only provide equal access to educational activities programs but also proactively “create a culture” that would make gender-nonconforming and transgender kids “feel safe, supported, and fully included.” The result? Transgender children must be allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex, if they so choose. Teachers will “work with” other students who object to the invasion of privacy, helping them over...
  • Letter #49: Black Shoes (Curia Officials Reappointed ... But ... only temporarily!)

    03/17/2013 10:10:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 16, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    March 16, 2013, Saturday — Black Shoes“First of all I would say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and Our Lady protect him.” –Pope Francis, asking all to pray for Emeritus Pope Benedict, during his first public words after his election on March 13, 2013It is now official. Pope Francis, 76, will go to Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles outside of Rome, to meet Emeritus Pope Benedict, 85, on March 23, next Saturday, one week from today. It will be their first meeting since Benedict renounced...
  • Opening Wartime Archives? (Pope Francis will open Pope Pius XII - Shoah - WWII-era archives)

    03/17/2013 9:43:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Jewish Week ^ | 03/14/13 | Stewart Ain and Steve Lipman
    The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the ChurchÂ’s actions during World War II. Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis and is the first Jesuit ever to be chosen pope, has publicly called for the opening of the Vatican archives to learn the true role Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. There have been allegations that Pope Pius XII, who is on track to be canonized by the...
  • Pope Francis Warns Catholic Cardinals Against ‘Demonic Worldliness’

    03/16/2013 10:26:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 2013 | ( Staff)
    When he said Mass for the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, newly elected Pope Francis I warned these princes of the church against professing what he called “the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.” “Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil,” Francis said, quoting Leon Bloy, a French writer who died in 1917, and who converted from agnosticism to Catholicism. “When we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord,”...
  • Pope Francis' first moves hint at break with past

    03/16/2013 2:08:29 PM PDT · by cothrige · 58 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 March 2013 | David Willey
    The first 48 hours of the pontificate of Pope Francis have given the world a foretaste of what it is going to be like to have a Jesuit priest for the first time in history as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholic believers. Minutes after the election result was declared in the Sistine Chapel, a Vatican official called the Master of Ceremonies offered to the new Pope the traditional papal red cape trimmed with ermine that his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI gladly wore on ceremonial occasions. "No thank you, Monsignore," Pope Francis is reported to have replied. "You...
  • A Pope of Contradictions

    03/16/2013 11:44:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | March 15, 2013 | Todd Aglialoro
    The Catholic Answers staff was gathered in the small office library, lights dimmed, EWTN feed from St. Peter’s Square projected onto the blank wall. We did our best to break up the nervous wait with jokes and chatter, and with last-minute predictions and side bets. Then, finally, the balcony curtains opened and we all cheered as Cardinal Tauran stepped out to confirm what the smoke and bells had already announced: We had a pope.Then a hush. We strained through our meager Latin to catch the name, but when it came—Bergoglio—the silence persisted. Who? That wasn’t one of the names...
  • A Pope for All Christians

    03/16/2013 11:03:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/13/13 | Timothy C. Morgan
    Why believers of all stripes should care about the new head of the Catholic Church.When the new pope is consecrated, he will inherit a troubled global church. Internal scandal and unaddressed external problems pose great risks to the vitality of Catholicism. But the consequences of success or failure are huge for the church universal, the world's 2.1 billion Christians of every denomination. This is more than a butterfly effect. Rome is not Las Vegas—what happens in Rome will not stay within the borders of Vatican City. One consequence of globalization is that the walls that have long divided Catholics from...
  • Quotes from Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, on 7 Moral Issues

    03/16/2013 9:54:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | March 14, 2012
    Listers, habemus papam Franciscum. The world was stunned and the pundits proved wrong as the Argentinian Jesuit walked out on the Loggia of St. Peter’s. In a soft but strong voice, Pope Francis gave his first words as the Vicar of Christ: Brothers and sisters good evening.You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are. I thank you for the welcome that has come from the diocesan community of Rome.First of all...
  • South African cardinal says paedophilia is 'not a criminal condition'

    03/16/2013 12:59:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 61 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/16/2013
    A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not "a criminal condition". The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, said that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody "who chooses to do something like that". Cardinal Napier, who was among the 115 cardinals in the conclave at the Vatican that elected Pope Francis earlier this week, called paedophilia a "psychological disorder". He said: "What do you do with disorders? You have got to try and...
  • Pope to journalists: 'I love you so much and I thank you for everything'

    03/16/2013 9:28:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | March 16, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Francis speaks to 5,000 journalists at Paul VI Hall. Credit: Estefania Aguirre Vatican City, Mar 16, 2013 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands of journalists today he loved them and thanked them for their recent work. “I love you so much and I thank you for all that you have done,” Pope Francis told over 5,000 journalists today at Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. “We aren’t called to communicate about ourselves, but on this trinity of truth, goodness and beauty,” he told the journalists at 11:00 a.m. local time. The newly elected Pope from...
  • Oh, we are in deep, deep trouble

    03/16/2013 7:33:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 182 replies ^ | 03/16/2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    Posted by Ann Barnhardt - March 16, AD 2013 8:08 PM MST Here is the full video of Pope Francis' first Mass in the Sistine Chapel. The consecration of the Host happens at 51:47. The consecration of the Chalice happens at 52:32. I cannot believe I am about to type these words. The Pope DID NOT GENUFLECT after either consecration. He did a weird bow thing, but didn't feel the need to bend his knee to God Almighty, physically present in his hands upon the altar. HE. DID. NOT. GENUFLECT. This is absolutely stunning. And unprecedented. Oh yeah, we're in...
  • The Pope's chalice: silver-made, austere and featuring Our Lady of Luján

    03/16/2013 3:32:16 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Pablo Jiménez
    Sitting in his workshop in San Telmo, pencil in hand, goldsmith Juan Carlos Pallarols drafts one of his most meaningful works of art: a chalice that will be delivered to “Pope Jorge” on behalf of all Argentines. Pallarols knows that this is not just another piece amongst his many other works that have earned him the reputation of being one of the best goldsmiths in the world. This is special. “It’s a particular gift, it’s for a friend, for a good man, but this is not just a gift coming from me. It comes from the Argentine population,” he said,...
  • Pope explains name, urges 'church for the poor'

    03/16/2013 6:51:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The focus of Pope Francis' papacy began to emerge Saturday as he offered some intimate insights into the conclave that elected him pontiff, describing how he was immediately inspired to name himself after St. Francis of Assisi because he wants to see a church that is "for the poor." His comments provided further evidence that this first Latin American papacy would be one that looks beyond the confines of the church itself to the most disadvantaged, named for a 13th-century friar who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and simplicity and...
  • Evangelist Luis Palau: New Pope Francis a Friend of Evangelicals

    03/16/2013 11:18:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Evangelist Luis Palau, who knows and has prayed together with Pope Francis on several occasions, called the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics a friend of evangelicals who is respectful of all sides of Christianity. "I exploded," Palau told, of his reaction after his son, Kevin Palau, president of the Luis Palau Association, shared the news that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope this week. "I just couldn't believe it. In the last election, he was in the running but he told me he felt led by God to remove himself from the...
  • Report that pope to exile (Cardinal Bernard) Law 'totally false,' Vatican says

    03/16/2013 10:56:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    National Catholic Observer Online ^ | March 16, 2013 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Rome Reports that Pope Francis has ordered Cardinal Bernard Law to stay away from the Basilica of St. Mary Major and is about to ship him off to a monastery are “completely and totally false,” according to a Vatican spokesperson.During a press briefing on Thursday about Pope Francis’ visit to St. Mary Major, one of the four pontifical basilicas in Rome, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said that Law had briefly greeted Francis and then exited the scene.The Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, however, reported that Francis had told Law to stop appearing in public at the basilica, where he retired...
  • Consolation for Boston Catholics? (Pope immediately bans Cardinal Law from St. Mary Major)

    03/16/2013 10:15:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    RNS ^ | March 15, 2013
    Cardinal Bernard Law in 2008. Boston Catholics (myself included) were rooting for Cardinal Sean O’Malley to ascend to the throne of St. Peter this week. That didn’t pan out, as we all know, but maybe Catholics there received something of a consolation prize.The British tabloid The Daily Mail writes that Italian media is reporting that Boston’s disgraced former archbishop, Cardinal Bernard Law, 82, is being banished from his cushy residence by Pope Francis: But first days are all about making a good impression – even when you’re the Pope.So when the appearance of a disgraced cardinal threatened to cast a...
  • Pope Francis explains name, calls for church 'for the poor'

    03/16/2013 10:44:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/16/2013 | Laura Smith-Spark and Hada Messia
    Rome (CNN) -- The new pope gave an insight into his choice of the name Francis in an audience with journalists Saturday -- and said how he wished for a church that was both poor and "for the poor." His words came in his first meeting with the media since he became the only Jesuit and first Latin American to be chosen as leader of the Roman Catholic Church three days ago. Francis, who before he became pope was known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, said a fellow cardinal from Brazil had told him "don't forget the poor" as the votes...
  • Pro-Abortion “Catholic” Nancy Pelosi to Attend Pope Francis Inaugural

    03/16/2013 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LN ^ | Steven Ertelt
    One of the least Catholic and most pro-abortion members of Congress, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has been added to the official U.S. delegation to attend the installation of newly-elected Pope Francis. Pelosi will join pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden to attend the Inauguration Mass celebrating the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis, which will take place on March 19. The news comes as newwly-elected Pope Francis used his second-ever blessing as the head of the Catholic Church to bless a pregnant mother and her unborn child. Pope Francis, who as been hailed by pro-life advocates once called abortion a...
  • Predictable Pope-Smearing Ensues

    03/16/2013 12:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | March 15, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    I am not a Catholic, but I find the concerted efforts to smear various Popes to be disgusting and contemptible.  In the case of Pope Francis, according to the Vatican, anti-clerical left-wing outlets are trying to accuse him -- without any evidence -- of wrongdoing during the reign of a military junta from 1976-1983.   Left-wingers in the United States responded predictably, with Michael Moore tweeting out a picture later revealed as a hoax, purportedly of Pope Francis offering communion to an Argentine dictator (to his credit, Moore issued a correction).It should be obvious that the attacks have nothing to...
  • Al Azhar seeks closer ties with new Pope

    03/16/2013 3:35:42 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | March 15, 2013 | Bradley Hope and Hugh Naylor
    CAIRO, JERUSALEM // Al Azhar, the 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islam learning, yesterday said it wanted "better relations" with the Vatican after years of acrimony. On Wednesday an Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergogli, was elected to succeed Benedict XVI. He chose the name Francis. Benedict's eight-year tenure was marked by scandals and controversies, including turbulent relations with the Muslim world. "We are hoping for better relations with the Vatican after the election of the new pope," said Mahmud Azab, an adviser to Ahmed Al Tayyeb, grand imam of Al Azhar. The departing pope angered Muslim leaders in 2006 when, in...
  • Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople to Attend Papal Installation Mass

    03/16/2013 3:46:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | March 15, 2013
    Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew in 2006 at the Patriarch's residence in Instanbul Tuesday will be a landmark day in the history of Christianity and ecumenical relations: the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople will attend Pope Francis' installation Mass. As if that wasn't enough, three other Orthodox bishops are coming with him! I cannot stress enough what a hugely significant moment this is in Christian history! It is the first time that such a thing has happened since the Great Western Schism in 1054. This is almost impossible to believe!!! Here's the report that is rocking...
  • Paedophilia is an Illness NOT a Crime, says Cardinal Just Days after Papal Conclave

    03/16/2013 7:44:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Dialy Mail (U.K.) ^ | 16 March 2013 | Anna Edwards
    (Cardinal Napier, third from left) Paedophilia is an illness NOT a crime, says cardinal just days after papal conclave • Claimed people abused as youngsters who then become paedophiles 'not criminally responsible' • Says paedophilia 'is an illness, not a criminal condition' • Says those people do not deserve to be punished because they are damaged • Pope Francis said that he wants a 'church for the poor' A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not 'a criminal condition'. The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio...
  • What's in a Name? A Lot When a Pope Chooses it

    03/16/2013 12:53:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | March 16, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    Habemus Papam! We have a pope! That was the word, or rather the words, from St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday, and it wasn't just a worldwide church that had awaited the news, but the world itself. And the news was good, as in the Good News. For suddenly the air in Rome and far beyond seemed filled with a hope that was almost palpable. Habemus Papam! Even as the white smoke was still drifting, spirits were lifting. And then the name that the new pope had chosen for himself was announced: Francis. As in Francis of Assisi, saint and exemplar....
  • Much Hope in Pope

    03/16/2013 12:42:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 16, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    Rome -- "May God forgive you." That's Cardinal Timothy Dolan's translation of a joke that Pope Francis told the College of Cardinals a day after being elected the 267th pontiff. Having watched the prayerful mien of some of the cardinals going into the papal conclave that would elect Argentinean Jorge Mario Bergoglio pope, I have reason to believe that God had something to do with Papa Francisco, as the Romans call their bishop. Others, of course, see it otherwise. "I don't think he's what we need right now in the Catholic Church," Madeline Cuomo, the sister of New York...
  • Letter #48: Old Age (Papal Apartments opened, Pope visits local hospital)

    03/16/2013 6:39:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 16, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Like good wine that improves with age, let us give the youth the wisdom of our lives.” –Pope Francis, on old age, speaking to the assembled cardinals of the Church on March 15, 2013, two days after his election to the throne of PeterPope Francis gave a remarkable reflection today on old age. But before getting to that, first two remarkable videos, courtesy of Rome Reports:1. Pope Francis receives the keys of the papal apartment On Thursday evening, March 14 — 24 hours ago — Pope Francis received the keys to the papal apartments. So the apartments are open again.Cardinal...
  • Jesuit doorman surprised by Pope's phone call

    03/16/2013 6:14:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | March 15, 2013
    Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- He thought it was a joke. The young doorman at the Jesuit motherhouse in Rome never expected to receive a phone call from Pope Francis. The Holy Father had to patiently and kindly convince the doorman who he was in order to speak with the Father General of the Jesuits to thank him for a letter the Pontiff received upon his election. According to Father Claudio Barriga, SJ, who recounted the incident in an email to fellow Jesuits around the world, the unexpected phone call from Pope came around 10:15 a.m. Rome...
  • Vivat Papa

    03/16/2013 5:35:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 15, 2013 | Rich Galen
    In the Monday, April 4, 2005 Mullings I wrote: I am not certain why I feel as strongly as I do about the passing of Pope John Paul II. I am not Catholic. I am not even Christian. I felt the same way watching the coverage of the Conclave in the Vatican to choose a man to replace Pope Benedict I. I'm not sure why I was so taken by the process and so eager to see who would be chosen. I have proven over the past four or five months that my understanding of American politics is a little...
  • Pope Francis on mass media and name

    03/16/2013 5:22:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 3/16/2013
    (Vatican Radio) Addressing the media as “dear friends”, Pope Francis spoke of how the role of mass media continues to grow and how it is indispensible for telling the stories of contemporary society. The Pope thanked the media for the service they have rendered over these past days, jokingly remarking on how hard the media has been working. He spoke about the complexity of recounting historical events like the election of a pope and of how important it is to present such an event in the light of Faith. “The Church” – he said – “does not respond to an...
  • Who is Pope Francis? A compilation from many news reports.

    03/15/2013 8:42:46 PM PDT · by dangus · 5 replies
    I compiled this for a friend to pass on to her family, comprised of mostly fallen-away Catholics. She implored me to share it so others could pass it on. Pope Francis is both an Italian, and from Latin America. He combines the intellectual training of the Jesuits with the soul of a Franciscan. As archbishop of Argentina's most important diocese, he could have lived in a mansion on the cathedral's grounds; instead, he lived in a flat in an apartment building miles away, sharing his home with an elderly, crippled Jesuit. He rode the busses and subways to work, dressing...