Signs line a wall in Rome welcoming Pope Frances. RNS photo by David Gibson

Pope Francis signals new course for the papacy

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ahead of his formal installation on Tuesday, Pope Francis is continuing to send clear signals that he intends to lead a papacy markedly different from his predecessor’s reign — and perhaps different from that of any other pope in modern times.

POPE FAIL: Habemus Scola!

The Italian bishops conference sent out a press release congratulating Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola on becoming pope — only Scola didn’t win, as expected. Mamma mia!

Newly elected Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday (March 13) in Vatican City. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Bergoglio: A pope of paradox for a church in transition

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where the troubled church is headed chose on Wednesday (March 13) the first member of the influential Jesuit order to be the next pope. Yet they also chose a humble man who lives simply and took the name Francis (also a first) that evokes the founder of another great religious order.