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Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Pope Francis brings in Rome’s poor for Holy Thursday

Italy’s news agency AGI is reporting that the Holy Father has ensured that 3000 of Rome’s poor will be present at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper which he will celebrate in the evening of Holy Thursday, which is March 28th this year. Caritas of the Diocese of Rome has been given the tickets to [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Biography: the life of Pope Francis

Our new Pope, Francis, was born on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He is 76 years old, and while an Argentinian by birth, his surname betrays his Italian roots. His father was a railway worker who immigrated to Argentina from Italy, and Bergoglio is one of five children. After earning [...]

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Pope Francis and the ‘dirty’ media tactics of the New York Times

Carson Holloway makes some astute observations in his recent Catholic Vote post. He exposes one example of “the unfairness, dishonesty, ignorance, and irrationality at work” already in the media’s coverage of Pope Francis. Unable to claim that the new Pontiff is disinterested in the poor, certain segments of the media have attempted to smear his [...]

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What is a Papal inaugural Mass?

What’s the deal with Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass tomorrow? He’s already the Pope – canon law tells us that the Roman Pontiff “obtains full and supreme power in the Church” as soon as he accepts his election and is a bishop, which Cardinal Bergoglio did and already was. So his inaugural Mass, being held tomorrow [...]

Pope Francis meets with the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013. Credit: CTV.

The Pope’s agenda

Despite Pope Francis’ immense popularity with the masses, some Catholic pundits have expressed angst and irritation over not knowing clearly where Pope Francis is going. He hasn’t yet been officially inaugurated as Pope, but already some are clamoring to know what his agenda is, how he is going to handle this or that, (with “this [...]

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A Pope who quotes Bloy

Very few Catholics today are familiar with the writings of French convert Léon Bloy. Among other things, it is very likely that the term “politically incorrect” was coined in reference to him. During his first homily, Pope Francis quoted Bloy: “When one does not confess Jesus Christ, I am reminded of the expression of Léon [...]

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Chuck Norris and the Pope

It seems like all my conversations over the past 24 hours have revolved around this mysterious new Pope of ours. “Apparently he cooks his own meals.” “Did you hear he actually used to take the bus to work; even when he was a cardinal?” “Wait…he only has one lung?!” I’d be lying if I said [...]

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The profound minimalism of Francis

I cannot say that Pope Francis is my friend; but I am honored to say I know him well. I first met him many years ago in Buenos Aires in 1993, less than a year after his predecessor, Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, rescued him from the ecclesiastic exile he was confined to by his congregation, the [...]

Conclave bird: ruining lives

Let me introduce you to the most persistent bird in the history of the world. Definitely does NOT help that he is white. A co-worker commented: “Well, it’s probably toasty warm…”

Life on Hold

We have plans to spend the next however many days it takes (1 more, by my official bracket position) making twice daily pilgrimages to St. Peter’s Square to smoke watch with a couple thousand of our best friends. Today’s itinerary has been completely designed around trips to the Square at noon and at 7:30, in [...]

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