Pope Francis hailed by international leaders

Washington D.C., Mar 15, 2013 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- International leaders greeted the election of Pope Francis with joy, noting his commitment to defending Catholic values and caring for the poor.“I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has taken the name Pope Francis on his assumption of the papacy, and to all Catholics across the world on this momentous occasion,” said United Nations Secretary General Ban … [Read more...]

YouTube video celebrates Pope Francis

Denver, Colo., Mar 15, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A YouTube video produced by the grassroots political organization Catholic Vote is celebrating the election of Pope Francis to “give glory to God and His Church,” the website's founder has said.“Pope Francis embodies what we must be for the world – humble servants of the great gift of Faith manifested in a profound relationship with Jesus Christ,” Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, told CNA March … [Read more...]

Nobel prize winner says Pope not connected to Argentine dictatorship

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 15, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- In response to accusations against Pope Francis, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights defender said the new Pontiff has no ties to the dictatorship that Argentina endured from 1976 - 1983.Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980, is known for his sympathy for the left in Latin America and for his defense of Marxist Liberation Theology and the Castro regime.During Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in March … [Read more...]

Pope tells Argentinians to help poor instead of coming to Rome

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2013 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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.   Fr. Lombardi spoke March 15 with the nuncio, Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis could renew Catholicism in Americas, says Knights’ chief

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as Pope John Paul II influenced many in Poland, the rise of an Argentinian to the papacy is set to dramatically change the lives of many Christians, according to head of the Knights of Columbus."I think it offers the same kind of a potential for a great renewal of Catholicism and Christianity all throughout the Western Hemisphere," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said March 15.Just two days ago, the 76-year-old head of the … [Read more...]

Jesuit doorman surprised by Pope’s phone call

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- He thought it was a joke. The young doorman at the Jesuit motherhouse in Rome never expected to receive a phone call from Pope Francis.The Holy Father had to patiently and kindly convince the doorman who he was in order to speak with the Father General of the Jesuits to thank him for a letter the Pontiff received upon his election.According to Father Claudio Barriga, SJ, who recounted the incident in an email to fellow … [Read more...]

Pope tells cardinals: discover new ways to evangelize

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2013 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis urged the College of Cardinals to courageously persevere in finding new ways to evangelize. “We have the certainty that the Holy Spirit gives his Church, with his powerful breath, the courage to persevere and to search for new ways to evangelize,” Pope Francis said on March 15 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall. He met with cardinals, including the elderly ones who did not participate in his election at … [Read more...]