Papal Anniversary

A Pope of Surprises: Presenting the Faith in the 21st Century

Pope Francis' simple pectoral cross, not of gold Whatever the truth of Pope Francis’ statement that God is a God of surprises, Francis has certainly been the Pope of surprises. And admittedly not all the Church has received these surprises with appreciation. But there is no question that Francis has raised the profile of [...]

Pope Francis and the Orthodox

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople embrace during a prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, November 29 (CNS photo/Paul Haring) This humble Bishop of Rome, who says we can learn “the meaning of episcopal collegiality” from the Orthodox, has been “the right Pope at the right time” [...]

Little Patience for “Law”

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008 at a church in a poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNS photo/Enrique Garcia Medina, Reuters) Francis has consistently characterized the law and lawyers as “pharisaical,” but societies — and [...]