Pope

Bergoglio had good relations with Argentinian Jews Comments 0

Friday, March 15th, 2013

As an Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is said to have a good relationship with Argentinian Jews. Rabbi David Rosen, the director of interfaith affairs for the American Jewish Committee, said that the new pope is a “warm and sweet and modest man” known in Buenos Aires for doing his own cooking and personally answering his phone. Read more

Pope Francis’ first acts Comments 0

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Pope Francis began his first full day as leader of the Catholic Church praying at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said. His calendar for the next five days is: Thursday, 5am – Celebrates Mass with cardinals at Sistine Chapel Friday, 11pm – Meets with the full College of Cardinals, electors Read more

Italian bishops’ fete wrong pope Comments 0

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Italian bishops were quick to congratulate the new pope. Too quick: They got the wrong man. The Italian Bishops’ Conference Wednesday sent a congratulatory email to one of their own, Milan Cardinal Scola — tipped as a hot conclave favorite. They quickly corrected themselves and issued a new message to the real winner, Argentine Jorge Read more

Younger generation NZers, working with marginalised, excited by election of Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Some of the staff of Challenge 2000, a youth development agency, are excited by the election of Pope Francis because he is a man who has a proven track record of serving the poor and working for social transformation. “At a time where the world is struggling with many issues it is heartening to hear of the example Read more

Cardinals elect a humble man with social justice outreach as pope Comments 1

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

A conclave which began with no clear front-runner has come to a unexpected and surprisingly quick conclusion, Cardinals electing Jeorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope. He has taken the name Francis. Archbishop Bergoglio is a man who gave up his official house for a small apartment, he cooks his own meals, and travels to work by Read more

Wellington Catholics up-beat about Pope Francis election Comments 1

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Wellington Catholics say the surprise selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina as new pope is a sign of new ideas being brought into the troubled church establishment. The news was broken to Wellington’s Catholics during morning mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. A messenger entered the chapel and handed a piece of paper with Cardinal Read more

New Zealand bishops welcome election of Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Election of new Pope brings great joy for NZ Catholic Church New Zealand Catholic Bishops awoke this morning to the message ‘Habemus Papem’ we have a Pope and the presentation of newly elected Pope Francis with joy, and excitement. “We’ve been prayerfully watching the Conclave and awaiting an announcement of a new Pope with hope Read more

“Good evening”: Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Good evening! You know that the duty of the conclave was to provide Rome with a bishop. It looks as if my brothers the cardinals went to fetch him from the end of the world! I’d like to thank you for your welcome. The people of Rome: thank you! I’d like to pray for Benedict Read more

Smoke signals Vatican style Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The famous smoke from a chimney to indicate whether cardinals locked away in the Sistine Chapel have elected a pope is not created just by burning used ballots, the Vatican said Tuesday. “We use smoke flares,” Paolo Sagretti, who was in charge of setting up the chapel for the election conclave, told AFP. The ancient Read more

Listen: Spotify music playlist for the Conclave Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Those tuning in to follow the conclave convening today in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new Pope may also want to tune in to this Spotify music playlist created in honor of the secret meeting. The music streaming service teamed up with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Liturgy to compile a lineup in Read more