VATICAN CITY (RNS) As the votes in the conclave moved inexorably in his direction – as the tally was getting “a bit dangerous,” he recalled with a smile on Saturday – Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was comforted by his longtime friend, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who was sitting next to him in the Sistine Chapel.Read More »
(RNS) 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 the iconic namesake.Read More »
Many Catholics are praising the conclave's decision to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis.
Others aren't so sure.Read More »
On Wednesday evening Bishop Blase Cupich, of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, released a statement expressing his approval of the election of Pope Francis.
Below is the full text of Cupich's statement:Read More »
“He’s the first Jesuit. God bless the church, right?,” said the Rev. Frank Case, the university’s vice president for mission.
Jesuits are known for their commitment to higher education and helping the poor, but the legion of priests also has a reputation for bucking authority.Read More »
At noon on Thursday Bishop Blase Cupich will celebrate Mass to pray for Pope Francis, the newly elected pontiff, as well as the Catholic Church.Read More »