Pope Francis reveals romantic crush during seminary days
(RNS) Pope Francis was once “dazzled” by a young woman he met as a seminarian and even considered abandoning his vocation, he reveals in a newly uncovered interview.
At inaugural Mass, Pope Francis calls for defending environment, poor
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ installation Mass was striking for its repeated references to environmental protection, highlighting what is likely to be a central theme of his papacy and setting up the 76-year-old pope as a leading activist against climate change.
New pope means new business for recession-weary Rome
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just minutes after Pope Francis finished introducing himself to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square on March 13, a woman perusing the shelves of a tourist shop just outside the squared asked the storekeeper, “When will you have souvenirs of the new pope?”
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.
Vatican defends Pope Francis’ actions during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican swiftly rejected accusations that Pope Francis sided with the brutal Argentinian government in the 1970s when he was a Jesuit leader.
Pope Francis tells cardinals not to cede to ‘pessimism’
ROME (RNS) Addressing the entire College of Cardinals, Pope Francis noted that “maybe half of us are in old age, which I consider to be the seat of wisdom.”
Pope Francis has a model for Muslim engagement in St. Francis of Assisi
Just as many Catholics have connected Pope Francis’ humility and austere lifestyle with that of St. Francis of Assisi, those seeking clues on the new pontiff’s approach to Christian-Muslim relations see another example in his iconic namesake.
Pope Francis’ first day hints at a change in papal style
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Not only is he the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to serve as pope, but Pope Francis seems bent on shaking the ritualized world of Vatican traditions and taboos.
Pope Francis has a long to-do list, and it starts with the Curia
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Naming yourself after St. Francis of Assisi is one thing. Running the Vatican is another. And taming the Vatican bureaucracy is likely to be one of Pope Francis’ most difficult assignments.
Argentina’s Pope Francis heralds a new era for Latin America
(RNS) Pope Francis’ roots in Argentina give a boost to the morale and image of a continent that is coming into its own and overcoming many negative stereotypes.
Non-Catholics greet Pope Francis with guarded optimism
(RNS) Leaders of other faiths appeared to embrace the selection of Pope Francis, but also used the opportunity to lay out their own hopes for the new pontiff.