Pope Francis, Not Pope Francis I

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Per the Vatican’s News Facebook presence: There had also been initial speculation regarding “for which St. Francis?” Pope Francis took his name. Also from the Vatican News Facebook page we learn: The 265th Successor of Peter (and 266th Pope) has taken the name Francis after Saint Francis who was born in Assisi, an Umbrian hilltop [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on Pope Francis and the Conclave

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Take a few moments this morning and enjoy this video of Cardinal Dolan’s press conference yesterday, unpacking the Conclave and sharing his impressions of Pope Francis. In this Reuters article, I love Cardinal Dolan’s summation: “There is a sense of relief in all of us because we now have a good new shepherd,” Dolan said. [Read More...]

Habemus Papam: Fantastic Firsthand Footage from Seminarians in Rome “Brothers in Black”

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I have loved the Brothers in Black for quite some time, but now I’m even more enamored after sharing today’s excitement with them via this firsthand video of the smoke, the waiting, the prayer, the announcement and the great joy of welcoming Pope Francis. Enjoy — and share! This video needs to go viral! [Read more...]

@Pontifex – Pope Francis’ Vatican Team Tweets

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Although I find it unlikely that our new Pope Francis immediately rounded up his iPhone and tweeted personally, I was happy today to see a quick tweet from the official @Pontifex account: It’s terrific to know that the Vatican’s embracing of social media in the New Evangelization will continue. During these busy days ahead, it’s [Read More...]

Pope Francis – First Pontiff from the Americas — A Jesuit Holy Father

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The smoke has cleared and we were just introduced to our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Cardinal┬áBergolio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a 77 year old Jesuit, has just been introduced to the crowd. Prior to giving his first blessing, Pope Francis prayed together with the crowds in St. Peter’s Square (and virtually around the world) [Read More...]


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