The Leadership Style of Pope Francis


This week I’ve been slowly, deliberately reading Chris Lowney’s most excellent new book, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads  (Loyola Press, 2013). Lowney, author of the best-selling book Heroic Leadership, is eminently qualified to assess our dynamic new Pope’s leadership style.  As a former Jesuit seminarian, he understands St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises and their emphasis upon humility and service.   As a businessman who has served as a managing director for J. P. Morgan on thre … [Read more...]

Pro-Life License Plates in the Nation’s Capital!

License plate - Choose Life

Here it is, finally:  a “Choose Life” license plate approved for use in the District of Columbia.On Wednesday, October 24, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles notified the Children First Foundation, which had submitted the new plate design for approval last summer, that the pro-life license plate was now available for purchase.Custom license plates have been popular, and have proven to be a win-win.  The state keeps half of the added revenue; and the approved charity—such as a univers … [Read more...]

As New U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Begins His Duties: A Sneak Peek Inside His Rome Embassy

In the office, the desk of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

Last week, on October 21, new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth Hackett presented his credentials to Pope Francis and went right to work.  Ambassador Hackett, who had served for 18 years as president of Catholic Relief Services, has launched a  blog in which he plans to share stories during his tenure in Rome.In his first blog entry, Ambassador Hackett highlights the areas of concern which the U.S. and the Vatican share. The United States and the Holy See have converging global i … [Read more...]