St. Oscar Romero?

Some think his chances have just improved.  From CNS: Salvadoran clergy are hopeful that the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, murdered while celebrating Mass March 24, 1980, during El Salvador’s civil war, will move forward under the church’s first Latin American pope. “We are in the best of circumstances. The time is ripe for a [Read More...]

“It’s the pope on line 1…”

Get used to it.  More than a few people might be hearing that in the months to come, according to Rocco: Things will remain eventful… and as further evidence of how much Pope Francis is jamming into the shredder of Vatican protocol, the Catholic world might want to start getting used to a six-word phrase bound to [Read More...]

The pope as CEO: a leading management consultant on Pope Francis’ leadership style

An alert reader sent this my way: it’s an e-mail from Patrick Lencioni, who runs The Table Group, a management consulting firm: The Papacy is a singular, unique position, one that can’t really be compared to any other leadership role. Still, the events last week surrounding the election of Pope Francis brought to mind three [Read More...]

As seminarian, Jorge Bergoglio struggled with celibacy

From an interview the new pope gave last year: When I was a seminarian, I was dazzled by a girl I met at an uncle’s wedding. I was surprised by her beauty, her intellectual brilliance… and, well, I was bowled over for quite a while. I kept thinking and thinking about her. When I returned [Read More...]

Pope greets Jesuit superior general: “He insisted I treat him like any other Jesuit”

A statement from Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicholas, following yesterday’s meeting with his fellow Jesuit, Pope Francis: “At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis, I went to the Santa Marta House, which had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave, at 5:30 p.m. He was at the entrance and received me [Read More...]

Beautiful video: the moment the pope stopped the popemobile

This morning, in the middle of the biggest day of his life, he got out to bless a disabled man in St. Peter’s Square.  Watch below. [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ homily at inauguration Mass: “Let us be protectors of creation”

The full text of today’s homily, from the Vatican: Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, [Read More...]

Mass appeal: some details of tomorrow’s papal inauguration—UPDATED

A few choice nuggets:  Regarding the beginning of the ceremony, the Pope, once having entered the Basilica, will head to the Confession (St. Peter’s tomb under the high altar) while trumpets will announce the “Tu es Petrus”. The Pope will venerate the tomb of St. Peter, together with the Patriarchs and Major Archbishops of the [Read More...]

Letting go: the challenging lessons of Benedict and Francis

As we watch the historic papacy of Francis begin to unfold, and read about his choices and habits and preferences, it occurs to me that all of this, just like the resignation of his predecessor, amounts to a teachable moment.  Francis is showing us something vital and necessary, if only we are willing to see. [Read More...]

Archbishop Celli on the media and the new pope

From the Vatican:  The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, spoke words of greeting to Pope Francis in the name of the more than 5 thousand media professionals gathered for a special audience with communicators on Saturday morning in the Paul VI Hall: “Once again the media have played [Read More...]