A new book reveals that if elected in the conclave of 2005, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would have called himself after “Good Pope” John, who ushered the Catholic Church into the modern world in the 1960s. Instead, he was elected in 2013 and became the first Pope Francis.
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(RNS) Any day now, Pope Francis is expected to make his first appointments to the College of Cardinals, the select group of about 120 scarlet-clad senior churchmen whose main duty is to advise the pope while he reigns – and gather in the Sistine Chapel when he dies or resigns to name his successor. Will one of the 14 or so picks be the next pope?
The onetime Dominican theologian who was booted from the church — by the man who would become Pope Benedict XVI — says Francis represents a chance for real change in the church. But in a new book he also challenges the new pontiff to act on his better instincts. Not that Fox will be rejoining Rome anytime soon, as he says in this Q&A…
On Saturday, the one month anniversary of his election, Pope Francis unveiled the team of cardinals he will use to implement an overhaul of the scandal-plagued Roman Curia, This is pretty speedy action for any administration, and constitutes warp speed for the Vatican. Serious business?
As everyone waits for white smoke – while under umbrellas in the chill of a wet Roman March – thoughts turn to many, many other things…Such as rumors that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a relentless jokester, would take the name Hilarius II if elected.
No, he’s no Eustace Tilley. But it’s an honor. Sort of. No? Discuss.
The latest speculation is that Benedict’s resignation was prompted by the discovery of a gay “mafia” inside the Vatican. Not likely. Here’s why. Paging Captain Renault…
Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., is known as a Catholic culture warrior to many but he is also a Rome-trained canon lawyer. In a memo that Pia de Solenni passes along, with his nihil obstat, Paprocki gives his opinion on a number of interesting issues stemming from Pope Benedict XVI’s unusual resignation — one of […]
Apparently not in New Zealand, where the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a four-and-a-half story billboard depicting Pope Benedict XVI blessing the marriage of a male couple “is unlikely to cause widespread offence.” The billboard was put up in December in central Auckland and Wellington by an electric company, Powershop, to show support for […]