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Pope Francis Will Shake Up More Than Vatican Schedules (5865)

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

03/18/2013 Comments (4)

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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 (12581)

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

03/18/2013 Comments (7)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

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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! (3971)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/18/2013 Comment

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

Pope Francis: 30 Photos and Memes to Love and Share via Saint Peter’s List - Big Pulpit

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' (5897)

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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U.S. Church Applauds Francis’ Election (4241)

He’s seen as a humble Pope who will advance the New Evangelization, inspire Latino Catholics and govern effectively, while continuing to show his compassion and care for the poor.

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A girl waves an American flag as she reacts before newly elected Pope Francis appeared on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013.

– Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images News

ST. LOUIS — After his election initially left many observers stunned and momentarily silent, Pope Francis is being greeted by U.S. Church leaders with a wave of enthusiastic response.

Across the board, from the episcopate to the laity, reaction to the choice of a man whom Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus called “highly intelligent” and “a good shepherd” has been largely positive, with many hailing him as someone who will advance the New Evangelization, inspire Latino Catholics, hold to the doctrinal pattern of his predecessors and be an efficient administrator, all while walking in humility and acting out of deep compassion and care for the poor.

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The Early Signs Are Clear, Pope Francis is a Reformer; Developing a Deep Prayer Life and Much More! (3801)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/18/2013 Comment

The Early Signs Are Clear, Pope Francis is a Reformer. Follow the link by Phil Lawler of the Catholic Culture website.

The Early Signs Are Clear, Pope Francis is a Reformer by Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News - Big Pulpit

Developing a Deep Prayer Life – Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Tears of Joy for God’s Servant – Daniel Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Ten South American Saints Every Catholic Should Know – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

A Theology of Oz the Great and Powerful: A Movie Review – Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

The {Catholic} Homeschooling Socialization Myth – RaisingSaints, Catholic Sistas

Bad History: Was the Persecution of Christians a Myth? – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

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Pope Francis’ Humor and Simple Words Wins Hearts in First Angelus (7018)

The Holy Father spoke about God's love and mercy.

03/17/2013 Comments (6)

Pope France addressing the crowd March 17 during his first Angelus prayer


VATICAN CITY — The new Pope’s spontaneity was revealed again today when he cracked two jokes after his first Angelus prayer.

On a more serious note, he asked people to never tire of asking God for forgiveness.

“Don’t forget this: The Lord never gets tired of forgiving; it is we who get tired of asking forgiveness,” said Pope Francis March 17 in St. Peter’s Square.

“Let us not hear words of contempt or condone, but only words of love and mercy that invite us to conversion,” he told the crowd.

The new Pope said that the face of God is like that of a merciful father who always has patience and is always willing to forgive us.

“Have you thought about how much patience he has with...READ MORE

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St. Patrick’s Is Open (6557)

‘America’s Parish Church’ Is Big Apple’s Faith Haven

03/17/2013 Comments (10)
Courtesy of the Archdiocese of New York

St. Patrick's Cathedral

– Courtesy of the Archdiocese of New York

On Christmas Day 2012, fiction writer Ann Hood took to The New York Times to describe her desperate search in Providence, R.I., for a church to pray inside.

While she was raised Catholic, she hasn’t practiced her faith in decades. Suddenly, however, when she felt the desire to pray, she had nowhere to go.

It wasn’t until the next day, when she was in New York — after seven failed attempts at visiting churches in Providence — that she finally found the place that she’d been looking for.

"As I turned to walk to the subway, a sign caught my eye: ST. PATRICK’S IS OPEN," she wrote. "I read it again. ST. PATRICK’S IS OPEN. Although I quickly realized the sign was there because of all the...READ MORE

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