Posts Tagged ‘Francis effect’

Photo oppurtunity with Pope Francis cutout big drawcard at Rotary festival

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The people of St. Mary of Gostyn Parish in Downers Grove, Ill., a part of the Joliet diocese, found out about the Francis effect via the impact of a paper photographic cutout that was a hit at a local Rotary outdoor festival June 23-26. At the town event, scores lined up to take photos with Read more

Subtle Francis effect seen in one US seminary

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

A US expert in seminary education is noting a subtle “Francis effect” emerging in her classroom. Franciscan Sr Katarina Schuth told the National Catholic Reporter she sees a subtle shift in her classroom in St Paul Seminary in Minnesota. In recently assigned reflection papers, three of her first-year students wrote about priestly ministry and the poor. Read more

How we know a Francis effect on Catholicism is real

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Austin Ivereigh - Why now

No one doubts Pope Francis’ pulling power, whether in St Peter’s Square or on Instagram. But the fact that people want to see and hear Francis doesn’t tell you much about the impact he is having on them, or on the wider Church. To assess the success of a pope, you have to first identify Read more

Cardinal Dew interview: the Francis effect

Friday, April 10th, 2015

On Easter Sunday Cardinal John Dew was interviewed by Wallace Chapman on New Zealand’s National radio. He talked to Chapman about being called to the priesthood, the church’s work for social justice, the meaning of Easter in the modern world, and the hope placed in the Pope. “Easter is a wonderful opportunity for us to Read more

Pope Francis cannot be the Saviour of the Church

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Within the last year, the Catholic Church has garnered a bounty of something it hasn’t seen in decades: positive attention. The man responsible for the change in the Church’s public reputation is Pope Francis, a candid Jesuit who seems a world away from his traditionalist predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. His effect on the Church seems Read more

‘Francis effect’ inspires boom in sales of papal merchandise

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Retailers in Britain and America are reporting a boom in sales of Pope Francis T-shirts on the back of the so-called “Francis effect”. Sales of hooded tops and T-shirts supporting the papacy have shot up by about 20 per cent since the election of the new Holy Father, according to one firm. Catholics With Attitude, Read more