“Francis cannot be captured by political categories. He transcends them.”

Robert Moynihan has his take on Pope Francis’ important remarks to the diplomatic corps today: What Francis said today was critical, and should be read carefully by all who want to understand “where he is coming from.” So far, the “pundits” — and really, all of us — have been “circling” Pope Francis, like the [Read More...]

Pope Francis, typical Catholic

You know the type: always has to take his favorite seat, preferably near the back… Caption: -SS. Francesco-Santa Messa presso la Cappella della Domus Sanctae Marthae 22-03-2013 - (Copyright L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO – Servizio Fotografico – photo@ossrom.va) L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO.   The story behind the picture is here.  And you can see more pictures at Frank Weathers’ joint.  [Read more...]

Where will Pope Francis live? “Let’s wait and see”

John Thavis has some possibilities:  Rumors are swirling inside and outside the Vatican about where Pope Francis intends to take up residence. The initial expectation was that he would move into the formal papal apartment on the top floor of the Apostolic Palace, the building where popes have lived for centuries. But Pope Francis appears [Read More...]

“There is no peace without truth!”

Pope Francis this morning addressed diplomats from nearly 200 countries—and John Allen notes a theme that is strikingly similar to his predecessor’s: For those tempted to draw an overly sharp distinction between Pope Francis and his predecessor, the new pope offered a clear reminder today that he may have a different style than Benedict XVI, [Read More...]

Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Iraq

Details:  As Saint Francis travelled to the East where he met Sultan Malik al-Kamil, so we hope Pope Francis “may come to Iraq to confirm us our faith and give our small community in the land of Abraham courage and hope,” said His Beatitude Mar Louis Raphael I Sako during an audience with the pontiff [Read More...]

Is the pope still a Jesuit?

A deacon reader wrote to ask me that question.  He said: A priest I know said that once a priest becomes a bishop (let alone pope), he ceases being a member of his religious order (thus for example, O’Malley and Chaput are no longer Capuchin Franciscans), especially since he no longer has a vow of [Read More...]

Vestment alert: Bergoglio in fiddleback

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Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at juvenile prison—UPDATED

Our surprising new pope continues to surprise. From Vatican Radio:  It was announced by the Holy See Press Office on Thursday that Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the juvenile prison ‘Casal del Marmo’ in Rome, the same facility visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The Mass [Read More...]

Report: Francis and Bartholomew may travel to Holy Land together

Details: The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI, the pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. During their private meeting, Bartholomew and Francis explored possible paths towards unity, including theological dialogue, environmental [Read More...]

Bergoglio’s ministry of mercy: “He was the only Catholic cleric to visit Podestá in the hospital…”

It concerns  Jerónimo José Podestá, an Argentine bishop who left the priesthood to marry. One person remembers this striking detail: [Bergoglio]  has been classed as a conservative. But a different picture has been painted by one of Bergoglio’s friends, a radical feminist and Catholic called Clelia Luro, who is about as far to the left [Read More...]