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Congressional Delegates Praise Pope’s Loving Example (2802)

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., led a group of representatives to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass.

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Rep. Chris Smith

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress who traveled to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis praised the new Pope as a spiritual leader who presents the fullness of Church teaching in love.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said that it is “really an honor” to both “symbolically and tangibly represent the House of Representatives” at the Pope’s installation Mass on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

Smith led a bipartisan delegation representing the U.S. Congress to the Vatican. Members of the delegation attended the inaugural Mass at St. Peter’s Square, which commemorated the Pope’s entrance into the papacy.

The delegation was assembled by Speaker of the House John Boehner,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Renewal Not Reform, 12-Step ‘Pride Elimination’ Plan and Much More! (5095)

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03/19/2013 Comment

Renewal Not Reform. Follow the link by Fr. James Bradley to read more.

Renewal Not Reform by Fr. James Bradley of the Catholic Herald website - Big Pulpit

Twelve-Step “Pride Elimination” Plan – Donald DeMarco PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Five Reasons I Love Pope Francis – Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

Father Ho Lung and the Missionaries of the Poor – Joseph Pearce, Truth and Charity Forum

Top Ten Reasons Why President Obama is Not Satan – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

We Have Betrayed Iraqi Christians Twice – Mardean Isaac, Catholic Herald

Is Faith Objective or Subjective? – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Historians Criticize History Channel’s “The Bible” – John Fea, First Things/First Thoughts

I Am Thinking about Those Red...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Million-Man Mass (8338)

That’s how many people might attend the Holy Father’s March 19 inauguration, along with delegations from 132 countries.

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Pope Francis' Papal Shield

VATICAN CITY — Delegations from 132 countries have confirmed their presence at what promises to be a very well-attended and momentous inaugural Mass for Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square tomorrow.

Rome authorities are preparing for up to a million people to attend the official start of Pope Francis’ pontificate, although, being a weekday, it’s unlikely numbers will be that high.

Seated on the Holy Father’s right, in front of the facade of the basilica, will be 250 cardinals, bishops and archbishops and — for the first time in over 1,000 years at a Mass of this kind — the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

On the Pope’s left will be heads of state and ministers, including six...READ MORE

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Holy Father’s Election: Surprise Within Continuity (3459)


03/18/2013 Comments (3)


Like many, I was somewhat surprised when Pope Francis was elected.

Based on information that had leaked out about the 2005 conclave, I knew that he was a strong candidate back then, apparently amassing the second-highest number of votes. (Cardinal Ratzinger, obviously, got the most.)

Some were discussing him as a possible pope this time; yet, after Pope Benedict’s resignation on age-related grounds, I didn’t expect the election of Cardinal Bergoglio — who, at age 76, is just two years younger than Pope Benedict was when he was elected.

We’re all obviously still getting to know him, but what can we say about Pope Francis thus far? How does he compare to his recent predecessors?



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Pope Francis Will Shake Up More Than Vatican Schedules (5761)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Changes to important Vatican positions can be expected after the Holy Father settles in to his new office.

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– Wikipedia/Tenan

VATICAN CITY — All Vatican officials will continue in their positions “until otherwise provided,” while Pope Francis takes time for “reflection, prayer and dialogue before making any definitive appointments,” but one can expect changes to happen.

Usually, when a new pope begins his ministry, he confirms all the heads of the congregations and pontifical councils, who lost their posts at the beginning of the sede vacante period. He also reconfirms the five-year terms for the secretaries of the Vatican departments who took over the management of the offices while there was no pope.

When he issued the normal confirmation on March 16, Pope Francis only offered a two-sentence statement, and...READ MORE

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Greek Patriarch to Attend Papal Inaugural Mass for First Time Since 1054 (12428)

The move reflects Patriarch Bartholomew I’s hope that Pope Francis will continue reconciliation efforts begun by his predecessors.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

– Wikipedia/Pvasiliadis

VATICAN CITY — Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, arrived in Rome this afternoon to attend Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass tomorrow. It will be the first time the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church has attended such an event since the Great Schism of 1054.

Patriarch Bartholomew, 73, spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox faithful worldwide, has said he is attending the Mass to underscore the importance he attaches to “friendly ties” between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. He also said his participation reflects his expectations that Pope Francis will advance rapprochement efforts that began decades ago.        

“It is a gesture to underline relations which...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: 30 Photos and Memes to Love and Share; Yes, Hell is Real and Much More! (3957)

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Pope Francis: 30 Photos and Memes to Love and Share. Follow the link via Saint Peter’s List to read more.

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Yes, Hell is Real – Matthew Olson, Answering Protestants

The Two Shall Become One Flesh – Joel Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Counting the Cost of Condemnation – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (DC)

Little Miracles – Foxfier, The American Catholic

Real Love and Blogs – Super Trad Mum, Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Between Sunday Masses. . . – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

List: 88 Saints Named Francis! – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Everything You Want to Know about Pope Francis - Big Pulpit

Washington Post Finding it Difficult to Smear Church – David F. Pierre Jr., The...READ MORE

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Dominican Sisters Witness Through 'American Bible Challenge' (5827)

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based women religious will appear March 21 on the Game Show Network.

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The sisters competing on the Bible-trivia show.

– Grace Hill Media

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Three religious sisters are participating in a unique evangelization effort by competing on a Bible-trivia game show in hopes of supporting their community.

“This isn’t something we would normally do, but when the opportunity arose, Mother (Assumpta Long) discerned that it would be good not only for the benefit of our community, but also for the New Evangelization,” said Sister Maria Suso of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist on March 15.

Team Sisters of Mary will be featured on the March 21 season premiere of The American Bible Challenge, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, on the Game Show Network.

Facing off against Team Preachin’ Divas,...READ MORE

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