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Pope Tells Argentinians to Help Poor Instead of Coming to Rome (5152)

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.
“I don’t think he forbade it, he just said it wasn’t...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and the Wisdom of Years (5594)


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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’ (2875)

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.

During the Mass, Cardinal Urosa, who was in Rome to...READ MORE

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Former Vatican Diplomat Sees Wisdom of Holy Spirit in Pope’s Election (3070)

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! (6280)

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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SDG Reviews 'Oz the Great and Powerful' (9695)

The big-budget prequel to The Wizard of Oz is a visual delight … but the magic stops there.

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In the current flurry of big-budget fairy-tale epic films, Oz the Great and Powerful is something of an outlier. Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the Huntsman were all darkly subversive films with distinctly grown-up sensibilities. Oz the Great and Powerful, is brightly colorful, sincere and meant for children. That doesn’t make it good, exactly, but at least it’s basically the right kind of movie, which is saying something these days, alas.

In contrast to the lurid, Gothic palette of Burton’s Alice and the "Hollywood Medieval Grunge" of Red Riding Hood and Snow White, not to mention gritty spectacles from Robin Hood to John Carter, Oz is a rare recent Hollywood epic...READ MORE

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On Castel Stroll, Paparazzi Snap Papa Ratzi; Fasting With Repentance and Much More! (4699)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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On Castel Stroll, Paparazzi Snap Papa Ratzi. Follow the link by Rocco Palmo of the Whispers in the Loggia blog to read more.

On Castel Stroll, Paparazzi Snap Papa Ratzi by Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia blog - Big Pulpit

Fasting With Repentance – Phillip Rolfes, The Master Beadsman

God Can’t Save Me From the Lion’s Den – Emm. Joseph, Catholic Stand

Where There is No Cross, There is No Christian – Monkrock

Cartoon: Pope Tart – Jason Bach, Truth & Charity

O Nata Lux – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Newman on Veneration of Sacred Images – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

I Was Pro-Choice and Then I Had an Abortion – Abby Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Cardinal Alencherry: “Pope Gave Sufficient Hints on Resignation” – TNIE

Absent Cardinals are Not Late – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Cardinals: ‘I Hope God Forgives You’ (9888)

Cardinal Dolan recounts how the new Holy Father joked with cardinals over dinner.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks March 13 at the North American College in Rome.

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ROME — The newly elected Pope Francis joked with cardinals over dinner, telling them he hopes God forgives them for having chosen him.

“When the secretary of state toasted to him, he toasted back to us and said, ‘I hope God forgives you,’” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York recalled at the Pontifical North American College.

“He has already won our hearts, and we had a very fraternal meal at the Domus Santa Marta, where we have been staying,” said the cardinal during a 11pm March 13 press conference.

“Pope Francis also told us … ‘I’m going to sleep well, and something tells me you will, too.’ And we will, knowing that the Church is in good hands,” said the New York cardinal, who...READ MORE

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