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Pope Francis began his term as the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church by urging the cardinals who elected him to take up the cross and avoid the worldliness of the devil.
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VATICAN CITY – The night of his election, Pope Francis phoned the Vatican ambassador in Argentina and asked him to tell the country's bishops and faithful not to feel obliged to come to Rome for his installation, said the Vatican spokesman.
Pope Francis is "a Jesuit's Jesuit" who understands the importance of St. Francis of Assisi in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, said the Jesuits' secretary for the promotion of the faith.
OTTAWA – As the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis' Ignatian spirituality can help him discern God's will and reveal the Gospel in a new way, says Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, a fellow Jesuit.
A sand sculpture of the newly-elected Pope Francis.
Catholics must not cease talking about God in promoting a culture of life because without God, the foundation for human dignity is eroded, warns Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine.
The worldwide outpouring of joy-filled tears over the election of Pope Francis should be a sign to all that the pope is much more than the CEO of the world's largest organization. He is our spiritual father, the Holy Father. We did not know this man, yet from the first moment he received the warmest embrace of the Catholic faithful. We yearn for his fatherhood.
How do we lift our darkest, most depressed, most lonely moments up to God? How can we pray when we are most deeply alone, helpless and our whole world seems to be collapsing?
There is a saying that I really appreciate, "Let your life speak." It originally came from the Quakers but it applies to all of us.
One of my former English literature professors used to say that you can tell a society's hangups by its swear words. If this is true, I leave it to the readers' imagination to consider where our own societal discomforts may lie.