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...]

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...]

Pope Francis will wear a “used” ring—UPDATE

From the CNS Twitter feed: the ring is not one made specially for this occasion.  It belonged to Archbishop Macchi, secretary to Paul VI, and it is made of gold-plated silver.  (Unclear at this point if the ring is, in fact, the one worn by Pope Paul VI…) More details of the installation Mass to [Read More...]

Pope Francis sends out first tweet: “Pray for me”

It isn’t every day that you encounter these kinds of stats on Twitter: 1 TWEET. 1,991,949 FOLLOWERS. But here you go: the first tweet of Pope Francis: Details: Pope Francis made his first foray into the world of Twitter, making his first tweet on Sunday. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was chosen last week [Read More...]

They haven’t elected a theologian; they’ve elected a pastor

That was my thought, at least, watching the remarkable and touching images of Pope Francis greeting the faithful after Mass today at St. Anne’s in Rome. What this resembled was not unlike something most parishes see on a Sunday — the celebrant greeting his flock after Mass, before everyone heads to the church hall for [Read More...]

Did Benedict suspect Bergoglio would be the next pope?

Given the widespread reports that the current pope was a runner-up in the last conclave, you have to wonder if Pope Benedict sensed that perhaps Cardinal Bergoglio’s time was at hand. It certainly casts the following tidbit from Rocco in a new light. Here’s a post from last month, about one of Benedict’s final appearances: [Read More...]

Pope Francis preaches mercy in Sunday homily

Details from Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis is celebrating Sunday Mass in the parish church of Vatican City, dedicated to St. Anne, the mother of Our Lady. The choir intoned the Attende, Domine! at the entrance, and the readings were those of the fifth Sunday of Lent: from the prophet, Isaiah; Psalm 126 – the Lord [Read More...]

Young Pope Francis turned to God after snub from childhood sweetheart

You can’t make this stuff up:  Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the man this week elected as the first Latin American pope, reportedly turned to religion after he was spurned by his childhood sweetheart when they were both just 12 years old. According to 76-year-old Amalia Damonte, Pope Francis once declared “If I can’t marry you, I’ll [Read More...]

Historic: for first time since schism, Ecumenical Patriarch will attend pope’s installation Mass

This is a pretty big deal, folks:  The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I will attend Pope Francis’s inaugural Mass. The Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office informed AsiaNews about the decision, noting that this is the first time such an event occurs since the Catholic-Orthodox split in 1054, an important sign for Christian unity. The ecumenical patriarch will [Read More...]