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U.S. Church Applauds Francis’ Election (4286)

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.

03/18/2013 Comments (3)
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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.

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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! (3849)

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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

We Do Not Know What Happens to Unbaptized Infants,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Humor and Simple Words Wins Hearts in First Angelus (7097)

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 (6809)

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

03/17/2013 Comments (10)
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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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Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis’ Election: ‘A Huge Benefit for the Church’ (6837)

The Philadelphia archbishop recalls his 1997 meeting with the future Pope, while both were attending the Synod for America in Rome.

03/16/2013 Comments (1)

 Archbishop Charles Chaput met the man who was introduced to the world March 13 as Pope Francis while both were attending the Synod for America in Rome in 1997. The archbishop of Philadelphia talks here with the Register about his initial impressions of the man who would become pope and what he expects from his papacy.


At the time you met the man we now know as Pope Francis, did you see anything in him that would suggest he could be a future pope? Could you share other impressions of him from that meeting?

I was struck by how keenly he listened to the synod’s speakers and how well he understood the issues facing the Church in both North and South America. But, mainly, I remember...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Speaks to 5,000 Journalists at Paul VI Hall (6108)

The Holy Father praised the good work of journalism and encouraged reporters to share truth, beauty and goodness.

03/16/2013 Comments (6)

VATICAN CITY — 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 more than 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 11am local time.

The newly elected Pope from Argentina spoke to them and their families on the third day of his pontificate.

“Your work needs study, sensibility, experience, like all other professions, but needs to also give special attention to truth, goodness and beauty,” said the Pope.


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Francis, Our Shepherd (7796)


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! (4164)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/16/2013 Comment

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

Bishop Robert Vasa’s...READ MORE

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