Pope keeps motto of mercy from Buenos Aires

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis decided this morning that he would keep both the motto and coat of arms that he used during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The motto has “a particular meaning in life and spiritual journey of the Pope,” a March 18 statement from the Vatican press office says. “In fact, on the feast of St. Matthew in 1953, the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio experienced at the age of 17-years-old, in a very special … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will shake up more than Vatican schedules

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2013 / 04:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- All the Vatican officials will continue in their positions “until otherwise provided” while Pope Francis takes time for “reflection, prayer and dialogue before making any definitive appointments,” but one can expect changes to happen.   Usually, when a new Pope begins his ministry, he confirms all the heads of the congregations and pontifical councils, who lost their posts at the beginning of the sede vacante … [Read more...]

Pope Francis cracks two jokes in first Angelus, winning more hearts

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2013 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The new Pope's spontaneity was revealed again today when he cracked two jokes after his very first Angelus prayer in front of thousands.On a more serious note, he asked people to never get tired of asking God for forgiveness.“Don't forget this, the Lord never gets tired of forgiving, it is we that get tired of asking forgiveness,” said Pope Francis today at Saint Peter's Square.“Let us … [Read more...]

Wikileaks shows US Vatican embassy profiled Pope Francis in 2005

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Leaked U.S. State Department cables published by Wikileaks show that the U.S. Vatican Embassy saw the future Pope Francis as a contender for the papacy in the 2005 conclave, reporting him to be a “wise pastor” who could appeal to allies of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Six cables mention Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires who became Pope Francis on March 13. One of the unclassified cables, dated April 18, 2005, … [Read more...]

Pope to journalists: ‘I love you so much and I thank you for everything’

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2013 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- 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 over 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 11:00 a.m. local time.The newly … [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 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...]