Pope Francis seen as humble man who can unite, rebuild Church

Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2013 / 05:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American Catholic scholars and commentators praised Pope Francis as a spiritual leader for our times, with the ability to unify and renew the Catholic Church.“As a man who can both preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ boldly and confidently, yet exhibit humility, he looks like he’s got the design for the time and situation that we’re in,” said Catholic intellectual Robert P. George, who is the McCormick Professor … [Read more...]

Mass for Chavez in Rome described as act of Christian love

Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 … [Read more...]

Youthful Denver rally cheers on Pope Francis

Denver, Colo., Mar 14, 2013 / 03:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the election of Pope Francis, a crowd of enthusiastic young Catholics gathered in Denver Wednesday afternoon to show their support with prayers and lively chants. “We have a Pope...his name is Francis,” chanted the crowd of around 100 people. “He rides the bus ... he's one of us,” they said, referring to Pope Francis' reputation for taking public transportation as a cardinal.The songs and … [Read more...]

Without Christ crucified, Church a ‘pitiful’ organization, Pope says

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2013 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The day after he was elected, Pope Francis emphasized that every believer – including bishops, cardinals and Popes – must proclaim Jesus crucified to be true Christians.“We can build so many things but if we don’t confess Jesus Christ, then something is wrong. We will become a pitiful NGO, but not the Church, spouse of Christ,” Pope Francis said in his March 14 homily.“He who doesn't pray to God … [Read more...]

Argentine president, bishops congratulate Pope Francis

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 14, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Within hours of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires being elected as Pope Francis, political and religious leaders from his home country sent their prayers and warm wishes to the new Holy Father.Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sent a message of congratulations via Twitter to the new Pope, saying, “As he assumes the leadership and direction of the Church, we wish him a fruitful pastoral … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ personality begins to change routines

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2013 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the first press briefing of Pope Francis' pontificate, a more detailed picture of the new Church’s leader and some things he will do differently began to emerge. “The spontaneity that we saw at work last night and then again this morning indicates a new style of doing things,” said Father Thomas Rosica, the English-language assistant for the Vatican press office, at a March 14 media gathering. The first sign … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to cardinals: ‘I hope God forgives you’

Vatican City, Mar 14, 2013 / 07:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 M. Dolan recalled at the Pontifical North American College last night. “He has already won our hearts, and we had a very fraternal meal at the Domus Santa Marta … [Read more...]