- Pope calls Argentine kiosk owner to cancel paper delivery Catholic News Agency. 03/21/13:
Around 1:30 p.m. local time on March 18, Daniel Del Regno, the kiosk owner’s son, answered the phone and heard a voice say, “Hi Daniel, it’s Cardinal Jorge.”
He thought that maybe a friend who knew that the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires bought the newspaper from them every day was pulling a prank on him.
“Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome,” the Pope insisted.
- Pope Francis has chosen the youth at Casal del Marmo Detention Centre for the traditional washing of the feet on Holy Thursday L'Osservatore Romano 03/22/13:
“As Archbishop of Buenos Aires — the communiqué reads — Cardinal Bergoglio used to celebrate” The Mass In Cena Domini “in a prison, hospital or hospice for the poor or marginalized”. With the choice to go to a prison for juvenile delinquency, Pope Francis has thus decided to continue this course and to maintain the simplicity whereby he has always lived. . . .[HT: Amy Welborn - a history of the relationship between past bishops of Rome and the incarcerated and a description of their encounters].
Benedict XVI and John Paul II, too, visited the detention centre. Pope Benedict celebrated Mass there on 18 March 2007, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, in the chapel of the “Merciful Father”. Pope John Paul went there for a visit during the afternoon of 6 January 1980, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, accompanied by his Secretary of State, Cardinal Casaroli, who was particularly involved in the pastoral care of the youth who were held in the Casal del Marmo, where he was known simply as Fr Agostino.
- "Believe it or not, it was a trouble-free Conclave", Domenico Agasso Jr. (La Stampa) interviews Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who speaks of the election of Pope Francis:
"Contrary to what many of you journalists think and speculated upon, no: it was a serene Conclave, always, in every moment. The categories and opposing parties that you all 'assign' to the Government of the Church do not really belong to us".
- Pope Francis in no hurry to move into papal apartment, by John Thavis. 'When the new pope took a tour of the 10-room papal apartment a few days ago, he was said to have remarked, “Three hundred people could live here.' As a cardinal in Buenos Aires, he chose to live in a small apartment instead of the archbishop’s mansion."
- The favorite books and spiritual readings of the Pope From today's edition of Argentine daily La Nación. 03/21/13.
- There Is Not Just One Way To Be Pope. DarwinCatholic 03/21/13.
- Pope, Bishops, Curia. The Reforms That Are Coming, by Sandro Magister. Chiesa A "council of the crown" around the pope, with cardinals from the five continents. A drastic trimming of offices. A shakeup for the IOR. Novelties and unknowns of the pontificate of Francis.
- In the Vatican, the Pope of Chaos, by Rocco Palmo (Whispers in the Loggia 03/18/13.