What Are We To Make Of The New Pope?
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What Are We To Make Of The New Pope?

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, as pope is an absolutely stunning selection that flies right smack into the faces of preservationists who are more interested in preserving an ossified status quo than robustly and credibly proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. His election announces to the Church and world the truly dynamic character that lies...

March 14, 2013June 10, 2015by
Pope’s First Full Day on the Job
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Pope’s First Full Day on the Job

Earlier this morning, POPE FRANCIS made an unexpected visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major and prayed before the famous Madonna. Tonight he and the cardinals will celebrate Holy Mass together. In addition to Spanish and Italian, he also is reported as being fluent in German, English, and French. Hailing for Argentina, he undoubtedly...

March 14, 2013June 10, 2015by
Meaning of Francis
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Meaning of Francis

It seems as though all the commentators have assumed the new papal name of FRANCIS is taken from Saint Francis of Assisi (d.1226). Saint Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556) – the founder of the Society of Jesus which more popularly is known by their nickname “The Jesuits” – had a dear friend and colleague SAINT...

March 14, 2013June 10, 2015by
First Impressions of the New Pope
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First Impressions of the New Pope

The election of the new pope – Jorge Mario Bergoglio, formerly the Cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) – brought the peoples of the world together for a grand moment in time.  The scene was utterly spectacular and so far beyond something we could make happen ourselves. The genuine connectedness among all peoples was...

March 14, 2013June 10, 2015by
Pope Francis
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Pope Francis

POPE FRANCIS’ BLESSING TO THE CITY [OF ROME] AND THE WORLD: Brothers and sisters, good evening! You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop.  It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one… but here we are… I thank you...

March 14, 2013March 14, 2013by
It’s Faith That Makes The Daily Difference
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It’s Faith That Makes The Daily Difference

Many Christian believers struggle to find a lively faith that is integrated into their daily living – e.g. at work, during study, in relationships, while at leisure. As a result, God becomes more of a hobby for which there may be a little time and interest on Sunday morning. Resist temptations for personal acts of...

March 13, 2013June 10, 2015by
Persevering Patienty
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Persevering Patienty

God’s action in our daily living requires sincere desire on our part to overcome our faults and failings. We must want God to be God while wanting ourselves to live differently; that is, to be less beholden to certain impulses and proclivities that fail to bring forth the best version of our our self. Just...

March 12, 2013June 10, 2015by
Papal Conclave Begins Today
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Papal Conclave Begins Today

The Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff is being prayed right now – 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica/5:00 a.m. EST. Later today – 4:30 p.m. in Rome/11:30 a.m. EST – the 115 cardinal-electors will make their way in solemn procession to the Sistine Chapel to begin the proceedings for their electing a new...

March 12, 2013June 10, 2015by