Thursday, March 14, 2013

Welcome, and blessings, Pope Francis!

It was with great joy that the crowd in St. Peter's Square erupted when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named Pope Francis (no 'I').
Our Sunday Visitor was blessed to have our publisher, Greg Erlandson, in Rome, as well as our associate publisher, Msgr. Owen Campion.
OSV senior correspondent, Dr. Matthew Bunson, was stateside, doing interviews for Redeemer Radio, and being interviewed by media outlets from around the world, as well as beginning to write a new book about Pope Francis.
Here's a roundup of news from Our Sunday Visitor:

Greg Erlandson: A pope who is bishop

A few quick observations about Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He is a man marked by great humility. He asked for our prayers, and he led us in prayer. He asked for our blessing even as he blessed us.

He never once used the word "pope," but referred to himself as Bishop of Rome, and he called his predecessor "Bishop Emeritus of Rome." This may have great ecumenical implications, but it also suggests that he is modeling behavior for the leaders of the Catholic Church as well. Read more.

Matthew Bunson: First pope of the New World

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, as successor to Pope Benedict XVI brings to an end the extraordinary events in the life of the modern Church that began Feb. 11 with Pope Benedict’s resignation. The selection of the College of Cardinals was as remarkable and unexpected as the decision by Pope Benedict to step down. Read more.

Greg Erlandson: Our Franciscan Jesuit pope

Let us go back to that remarkable moment March 13 when Pope Francis was introduced to us on the balcony of St Peter's. In a moment when nothing can really be scripted, when the soul is in shock at what has transpired: going from one of 115 to the Supreme Pontiff and Vicar of Christ.

And at this moment, we saw some remarkable hints and intimations of what is to come.... He never used the word "pope." Instead, he described himself (and his predecessor) as "bishop of Rome." Read more.

Matthew Bunson: Rooftops and relevance

There were more than 6,000 accredited journalists in Rome to cover the conclave that led to the election of Pope Francis on March 13. All of the rooftops of the buildings surrounding St. Peter's Basilica were rented by the leading international news networks, which jockeyed for the best angles of the Piazza and the loggia of St. Peter's to cover the emergence of Pope Francis and his introduction to the globe. Read more.

Russell Shaw: Dear Holy Father

I imagine you’re hearing from quite a few people these days, so I’ll be brief. I write for two reasons. First, to promise prayers as you take up that most awesome of offices — Vicar of Christ — and then to tell you about the present crisis of the Church in the United States. I don’t expect you to solve our problems — that’s something we American Catholics must do — but I do look to you for guidance and support. Read more.

Editorial: Do not be afraid

The timing of Holy Week this year couldn’t be better.
With the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the subsequent conclave and the election of Pope Francis, Holy Week is the perfect opportunity to prayerfully consider what it means to be a Church in transition. After all, what better example of transition do Catholics have than the three sacred days of the Easter Triduum?  Read more.

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