Pope media frenzy shows Church’s relevance, author notes

Orlando, Fla., Mar 15, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The unprecedented level of media devoted to the election of Pope Francis is a clear indicator of the importance of the Church today, a Catholic author and blogger reflected. “The main thing that struck me is what I'd call the paradox of irrelevancy,” Brandon Vogt told CNA March 14, “which is the world saying the Church is irrelevant but then turning its attention to the Church.” In the weeks leading up to … [Read more...]

Jesuits, Franciscans joyfully embrace new Pope

Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of Jesus and Franciscans reacted with gratitude to the election of Pope Francis, who is both the first Jesuit Pope and the first pontiff named after the Franciscans' founder St. Francis of Assisi. “I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope,” Father Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, … [Read more...]

Former Vatican diplomat sees wisdom of Holy Spirit in Pope’s election

Denver, Colo., Mar 15, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 … [Read more...]