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...]

Pope spends half hour asking Mary for protection

Rome, Italy, Mar 14, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made a private visit to Saint Mary Major Basilica this morning and prayed for half an hour at the Altar of the Virgin Mary.In keeping with his humble demeanor, Pope Francis entered the basilica at around 8:00 a.m. through a side door, accompanied by Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Father Leonardo Sapienza, the top two officials from the Papal Household.The night before, when he was introduced to the hundreds of the … [Read more...]

New Pope lived simple life in Argentina

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 03:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis lives very simply, brings a pastoral approach to his ministry, and is a man of prayer, according to the Vatican’s press office director. Father Thomas Rosica, the English-language assistant for the Vatican press office, told journalists at a hastily arranged March 13 press briefing that he talked to Pope Francis this past Sunday. “Sunday night we were out for a walk and he pulled me over. He took me by the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to have busy schedule in coming days

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 02:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced Pope Francis' schedule for the coming days, which will begin with Mass on Thursday, March 14 in the Sistine Chapel together with the cardinals at 5 p.m. It is expected that Pope Francis will pay a private visit to Santa Maria Maggiore the same day, asking for the Blessed Virgin's protection and intercession during his pontificate. On March 15 at 11 a.m. he will officially welcome and address the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the world” to find the new Bishop of Rome. “Brothers and Sisters, good evening. You know that the charge of the conclave was to give a bishop of Rome. “It would seem that my brothers went to the end of the world to choose him,” he said March 13 from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. The … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has become the next Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis. Pope Francis greeted the crowds of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square shortly after 8:00 p.m. local time, after spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Pauline Chapel. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is a Jesuit and is 76. He is the first … [Read more...]

White smoke from Vatican chimney, new Pope to be announced

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 12:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney on March 13 indicated that the College of Cardinals had chosen a new Pope. The identity of the new Holy Father will be revealed shortly, and he will greet the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square from the balcony of the basilica. The smoke, which was seen rising from the chimney at 7:06 p.m. local time, was accompanied by the ringing of bells at St. Peter’s … [Read more...]