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March 14, 2013

If you're like me, one of the first things you did after hearing the news of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio being elected pope was start scouring the internet for any of his writings in English.

Below is his Lentern letter for this year: 

And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. (Joel 2:13)

Little by little we become accustomed to...

March 14, 2013

In 2005, I was in a colleague's office when another colleague came running down the hall, breathlessly announcing, "There's white smoke!" I ran for a radio in my office, but an announcement came over the intercom. "We're gathering in the conference room!" Table and chairs were shoved aside, people stood or sat on the floor, all eyes were glued to a tiny TV set that had very poor reception. 

When "Josephum" was announced as the new pope's first name, I sucked in my breath. At the word...

March 14, 2013

Like most of you, I knew nothing of Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio until yesterday. Yet shortly after learning the name of the man we now call Pope Francis, I found myself in an arm wrestle with Patrick Coffin over whether his last name was pronounced “Bear-GO-lee-yo” (as the Italians would say) or (Bear-GO-glee-oh), as Patrick insisted South Americans would say.

Now, just what a Canadian like Patrick knows about the Latin American pronunciation of a first-generation Italian surname is...

March 14, 2013

If anyone says to you, "I told you so!" with regard to the election of Pope Francis, he needs to go to confession. I don't think anyone saw this one coming. Yes, the word is then-Cardinal Bergoglio finished second in the running in the last conclave (2005), but that did not seem to give anyone prescience when it came to the outcome of this conclave. Because of his age alone (76) the general consensus was he was a long-shot at best.

Looking back now in the distant past of, oh, a little...

March 13, 2013

From Vatican News Service:

Brothers and sisters good evening. 

You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome.

It seems that my brother Cardinals have come almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are. I thank you for the welcome that has come from the diocesan community of Rome.

First of all I would say a prayer pray for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI..

Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and...