Friday, March 15, 2013

This Week's Headlines


As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like. I'll serve up more next Friday...

Understandably, I have devoted this week's entire headline round-up to the biggest news of the wekk...

HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM!!

LONG LIVE POPE FRANCIS! - [A round-up of reactions to Pope Francis' election - including a video of his first address to the crowds gathered at St. Peter's]



Without Christ crucified, Church a 'pitiful' organization, Pope says - "Pope Francis made his remarks at the Mass to close the conclave on Thursday evening in the Sistine Chapel with all of the cardinal electors present."
Pope Francis to cardinals: 'I hope God forgives you' - "The newly elected Pope Francis joked with cardinals over dinner telling them he hopes God forgives them for having chosen him."

Pope Francis Offers His Second Blessing to Pregnant Mom, Unborn Baby - [Includes video of Pope Francis on his first outing. Near the end of the short video is the blessing.]

Pope Francis' first 24 hours: Doing it his way - "In his first 24 hours in office, Pope Francis has already given indications that he may not be intimidated by those words, as he creates his own style of being pope."





Pope who? Learning more about the man who is Pope Francis

Ten Facts about Pope Francis

The First American Pope - Commentary from George Weigel: "The swift election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as bishop of Rome is replete with good news — and not a little irony."

Argentina will be celebrating in the days ahead - "No one here was prepared for his election..."

The First Pope Named Francis - "A name that reflects his humble life. Having become archbishop of Buenos Aires 1998, he left empty the sumptuous episcopal residence next to the cathedral. He went to live in an apartment a short distance away, together with another elderly bishop. In the evening he was the one who saw to the cooking. He rarely rode in cars, getting around by bus in the cassock of an ordinary priest."

The Case for Francis - "There is much that we will be able to learn from Pope Francis if we have the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the heart to accept him.  At the end of the day, it was a marvelous moment for the Church. "

A man of firsts, Pope Francis is remarkably humble and conservative - "His humility is already becoming legendary. Even when he was to be presented for the first time, he declined the use of a platform that would have elevated him above the other cardinals, instead preferring to remain at the same height as they. 'I'll stay down here,' he is reported to have said."

Pope Francis, a conservitive man of contrasts - "...it is hoped that Pope Francis brings a measure of reform and refreshment to a Church that need now more than in decades past, to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit."

Pope Francis I: a humble man from the New World whose first challenge is to end the scandals - "I know this is a downbeat response to what, for Catholics, is a joyful and hopeful event. But savage reform to the curia is required so that Pope Francis can (should he wish) take advantage of the successful Benedictine reforms..."

Pope Francis and the Humility of Orthodoxy - "He is the 'insider' outsider, or perhaps the 'outsider' insider. He upholds Church teaching without apology, and he is already being viewed as a 'pope of the people.'"

Scola betrayed by the Italians from the very first vote - "Scola's path to the Holy Throne was blocked by the confluence of two alliances and of two distinctly different evaluation systems: the non-European one (South America in particular), on the one hand, planned on bringing the papacy out of the old continent for the first time. On the other hand, there was the Curia group led by the nemesis-allegiance of Bertone and Sodano, who are inexorably hostile to Scola."

Traditionalists and Pope Francis: Can We Take a Deep Breath and Please Calm Down? - "Within minutes of His Holiness' appearance on the loggia, some trads began an online campaign claiming that he was a persecutor of orthodox priests in Argentina." [Of course there are some areas of concern: Habemus Problems, PF1. But this piece says it well: "...forgive me for not combing the Internet for evidence of all the faults and missteps of Cardinal Bergoglio.  At this moment, I feel obligated before God to add my humble prayers to those of all the loyal sons and daughters of the Holy Father throughout the whole world for him."

Who’s the important one? - [An interesting piece by Fr. Z, first relating his own personal encounters with Pope Francis before his election, and second analyzing the new Pope's views on Baptism and how closely it matches Benedict's view. See also, Fr. Z's experience at the moment of Pope's Francis' election: How I received our new Pope.]

Papamoon! - "I, for one, am going to bask in the joy  and excitement of getting to know our new pope.  We've got plenty of time ahead of us, and if these first days are any indication, he is going to keep us on our toes."

It's a Great Day to Be Catholic - "To behold what happened in the Vatican today is to behold the fruits of Christ's promise that he would establish one Church, and that he would never abandon it."

And here are a few tidbits about the Conclave itself: Conclave Begins with 'Extra Omnes' [video]The Traditions and History Behind the “White Smoke Over the Vatican”Who is In the Sistine Chapel?

A couple of great pictures below of Pope Francis. The day after his election he took the bus with the other Cardinals rather than ride in a limo. Awesome...





Oh...wait...I need to pay my bill at the hotel:


See also, this nice write-up.

Check out this video of Pope Francis as he greets some of the Cardinals. Just watching this short clip (there is no audio of voices - just a musical track) you get a sense of Pope Francis' personality simply from his body language. He seems very warm and personable.

But perhaps the best image for capturing the spirit of our new pontiff is this...



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