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Francis, Our Shepherd (7554)


03/16/2013 Comments (10)

When Pope Francis appeared before the vast, cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, and a television and Internet audience watching from around the world, his presence marked the joyful culmination of an anxious pilgrimage for Catholics eager for a Vicar of Christ.

For many weeks, Masses were celebrated and Rosaries prayed, imploring God for a new shepherd after Benedict’s resignation.

As he looked out into the crowd, Pope Francis seemed to understand that our fears would be quieted by his presence. The humble Church leader from Argentina would be the “rock” for the faithful across the world.

“As you know, cardinals were picking a bishop for Rome. It seems like my brother cardinals...READ MORE

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The Shining Faces of the Saints, Eight Frequently Asked Questions for a Daily Examen and Much More! (4137)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Shining Faces of the Saints, East and West. Click on the link by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog to read more.

The Shining Faces of the Saints, East and West – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Eight Frequently Asked Questions for a Daily Examen – Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Latest in Breaking News from the Vatican - Big Pulpit

Where To Start the Quest – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Five Questions Catholics are Asked and How To Respond – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

The Stumbling Block of Mary – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Error Begets Error – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

L. M. S.-Sponsored High Mass at Westminster Cathedral – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

More Latin Stuff. . . – Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

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Habemus @Pontifex: Social Media Greets Its Pope (5740)

Tweets about the papal election reached 15 billion views — more than twice the world’s total population.

03/15/2013 Comments (5)

VATICAN CITY — Twitter: Meet Pope Francis, the new @Pontifex of the Catholic Church.

Francis is a pope of many firsts — first Jesuit pope, first pope from the Americas, and now first pope elected in the age of Vatican social media. While Francis has no papal Facebook, he took to Twitter to make it official: “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM!”

Wednesday’s papal election marked the first time that the world used social media to follow a papal election. According to the social-media analytics firm Topsy, tweets about the Pope reached 15 billion views — more than twice the world’s total population.

Sister Anne Flanagan, U.S. blogger and social-media expert for the Daughters of St. Paul, said...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Argentinians to Help Poor Instead of Coming to Rome (4917)

Pope Francis’ election has sparked a spiritual vitality for the Church in Argentina.

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World Youth Day Pilgrims from Argentina

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told the apostolic nuncio to Argentina to ask his countrymen not to travel to Italy for the ceremony that will begin his pontificate. 
“Tell the bishops and the faithful to make an offering and an act of solidarity to the poor with the money instead,” said the Vatican’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. 
Father Lombardi spoke March 15 with the nuncio, Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, who confirmed that Pope Francis had telephoned him on the night of his election. 
“But those who know him find this very normal, since it is his style,” said Father Lombardi at the Vatican’s media center.
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Pope Francis and the Wisdom of Years (5298)


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Pope Francis meets with cardinals March in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace.


VATICAN CITY — The cardinals, emerging from a quick conclave, after having elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires less than 24 hours after the first ballot, were surprised that the waiting world was so surprised, including well-informed journalists who did not predict that outcome.

But the cardinals knew one thing that the world outside did not know, namely that the new Pope’s age, 76, was not considered a disqualifying factor.

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, who chose to be called Francis in honor of the founder of the Franciscans, fit the profile that emerged from the cardinals’ meetings the week before the conclave.

He was a successful diocesan bishop not...READ MORE

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Mass for Chavez in Rome ‘an Act of Christian Love’ (2675)

Cardinal Jorge Urosa commended the soul of President Chavez to God and prayed for peace and unity for the Venezuelan people.

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The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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ROME — A Venezuelan priest who concelebrated a Mass in Rome for the repose of the soul of President Hugo Chavez said the Mass was a gesture of love for God and forgiveness in Christ.
“Although there were differences between the government and the Church in Venezuela, the cardinal is showing that Jesus Christ is Father to all,” Father Ramon Fajardo told CNA.

“The Church loves, forgives and embraces everyone,” he said.

Father Fajardo, a parish priest on an island off the coast of Rome, concelebrated a Mass with Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas, Venezuela. The Mass took place at Santa Maria dei Monti, Cardinal Urosa’s titular church.

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Former Vatican Diplomat Sees Wisdom of Holy Spirit in Pope’s Election (2834)

Former ambassador said Pope Francis was well regarded among his brother cardinals.

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Ambassador Jim Nicholson.

DENVER — Despite “seeming anomalies” in the election of Pope Francis, a former ambassador to the Vatican said that seeing the event through the eyes of faith can give us a glimpse into the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

“I have confidence in the College of Cardinals and the Holy Spirit,” said Jim Nicholson, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2001-2005.

“They know very well what the Church needs today,” he told CNA.

On March 13, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the cardinals as the new Pope, taking the name Francis.

The Holy Father made his first public appearance from the balcony of St. Peter’s on the evening of March 13, greeting the crowds...READ MORE

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Orphans No More! (5999)

COMMENTARY: This remarkable succession of popes in modern history is a cause for hope.

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With the surprise election of Pope Francis, following the stunning and completely unexpected abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, our prayers have been answered.

The Church,  the family of God to whom Jesus promised he would always be present through a representative, beginning with St. Peter, who would lovingly rule the children of his flock — guiding them to holiness, teaching them and at times correcting them — is rejoicing.

Catholics affectionately call this representative Papa or Pope because we love and trust him to guide us in this life and show us the way to the heavenly Father. That is why we rejoice madly when that white fumata appears — no matter who the particular man is. In...READ MORE

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