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The “Bergoglio comeback” and insights from Vatican-watchers into what we can expect from Pope Francis
By Michael Severance
Certainly, last Wednesday was not the first time many faithful had personally witnessed the exciting Habemus Papam! pronounced from St. Peter’s loggia.
folks, just like me, were right there in St. Peter’s Square only eight
years ago when a shy Benedict appeared before a spill-over crowd. Still
others, now graying and with grandchildren, were there on John Paul I’s
or John Paul II’s first day nearly 35 years
ago. We now have the first Jesuit pope. And the first
pope named Francis. He is the first non-European pope since Gregory III,
an eighth-century Syrian. And we now have the very first pope from the
Americas. Read “A Week of Firsts”
A Jesuit reflects on the new pontificate and the problem of poverty
By James V. Schall, SJ
day following the election of the archbishop of Buenos Aires to the
papacy, I must have received fifty e-mails
friends and family asking if I knew the man or had any comment on him.
What struck me was how little we knew about him. If he has a paper trail
(the previous three popes had extensive ones), it is yet to reach us,
though I did read the following comment from a statement in Buenos Aires
a couple of years ago: “We hope legislators, heads of state, and health
professionals, conscious of the dignity of human life and the
rootedness of the family in our peoples, will defend and protect it from
the abominable crimes of abortion and euthanasia, that is their
responsibility.” I presume Ignatius Press is busily translating and
preparing what we do have for English publication. What we do have are
actions taken and gestures made while he was Jesuit provincial and a
bishop in Argentina. He rides the bus, leads a simple life, and loves
Don't be surprised that the honeymoon lasted just a few hours.
By Michael Coren
Catholic Church looks neither right nor left but up. In other words,
the Church is not a vehicle for conservatism or liberalism, capitalism
or socialism, but a vehicle for Catholicism. Anyone who thinks and
believes otherwise has surely misunderstood the teaching and purpose of
the institution left us by Christ Jesus. I say this because within hours
of Pope Francis taking to the balcony in Rome, commentators were trying
to shape the man in their
own image. It’s an outrageous, but inevitable, thing to do. Pope
Francis the friend of the poor, Pope Francis the defender of marriage;
Pope Francis the Jesuit, Pope Francis the orthodox cleric; Pope Francis
the critic of unbridled globalization, Pope Francis the fighter for the
The real answer is that he’s not some of these, but all of these.
An exclusive English translation of Cardinal Bergoglio's October 2012 letter marking the start of the Year of Faith The
following Letter On the Year of Faith was presented by Cardinal Jorge
Mario Bergoglio, S.J., now Pope Francis, on October 1, 2012, the Feast
of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, to the Catholics of the Archdiocese
of Buenos Aires. This exclusive English translation is published with
the express permission of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires.
The newly elected pontiff demonstrates how Catholicism is both consistently compelling and often very unpredictable.
By Carl E. Olson
many people, including many Catholics, the Catholic Church is too
old-fashioned, staid, and boring, supposedly failing to be "relevant"
and "with the times." And yet, the ancient traditions and venerable
institutions of the Church—especially the papacy—continue to fascinate
and even transfix the world at large. And today's events in Rome
demonstrate this fact, showing that Catholicism, far from being dull and
predictable, is both consistently compelling and often very
Pope Francis is Exhibit A through Z. First, the
unpredictable. Although the Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio
was reportedly a runner-up in the 2005 papal
election, he wasn't on most short lists for this conclave, largely
because he is 76 years old, just two years younger than was Cardinal
Ratzinger eight years ago. While the possibility of a pope from the
Americas seemed more likely than ever before, the names mentioned were
mostly from North America, especially Cardinals Dolan and O'Malley.