- Francis 'unblocks' Romero beatification, official says, by John Allen Jr. National Catholic Reporter 04/22/13. A Vatican official responsible for the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador announced Sunday that the cause has been "unblocked" by Pope Francis, suggesting that beatification of the assassinated prelate could come swiftly.
- Pope: No room for ‘climbers' or ‘commercial religion' in Kingdom of God. The Gospel of the Good Shepherd in which Jesus describes Himself as "the gate for the sheep" was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily Monday morning. Vatican Radio has the text of the Pope's homily 04/22/13:
Pope Francis continued, noting that Jesus is not only the gate, he is also the way, the path to follow on our journey. He said there are many paths that we can follow, some perhaps more advantageous than others in getting ahead, but they are “misleading, they are not real: they are false. The only path is Jesus ":
"Some of you may say: 'Father, you're a fundamentalist!'. No, simply put, this is what Jesus said : 'I am the gate', 'I am the path’ [He] gives life to us. Simple. It is a beautiful gate, a gate of love, it is a gate that does not deceive, it is not false. It always tells the truth. But with tenderness and love. However, we still have […] the source of original sin within us, is not it so? We still desire to possess the key to interpreting everything, the key and the power to find our own path, whatever it is, to find our own gate, whatever it is. "
"Sometimes - the Pope said - we are tempted to be too much our own bosses and not humble children and servants of the Lord":
"And this is the temptation to look for other gates or other windows to enter the Kingdom of God. We can only enter by the gate whose name is Jesus. We can only enter by that gate which leads to a path and that path is called Jesus and brings to a life whose name is Jesus. All those who do something else - says the Lord – who try to enter through the window, are 'thieves and robbers'. He is simple, the Lord. His words are not complex: He is simple”. The Pope concluded by inviting all those present to ask for "the grace to always knock on that gate":
- Pope ordains 10 new priests, "build the house of God, which is the Church, with word and deed" AsiaNews.it. 04/21/13:
"By word and example build up the house of God, which is the Church": This was Pope Francis' mandate this morning to 10 new priests for the Diocese of Rome whom he ordained in St Peter's Basilica. The Pope asked these priests to witness and be faithful to the mission entrusted them: "remember then that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries!".
- Pope Shares Sorrow for Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Sends Message of Encouragement to Argentinian Association Vatican Radio 04/18/13:
The Bishop of Rome thus responded to the letter that Hebe de Bonafini sent to him this past 21 March, gladdened by Cardinal Bergoglio's commitment in the “slums” of Buenos Aires and asking him to join with “all those in this unjust world who are fighting for an end to poverty.”The Pope, writes Msgr. Camilleri, expresses his gratitude for the letter and responds to “your kindness, asking God for the strength for the fight, in the ministry that he has just accepted, for the eradication of poverty in the world, so that the suffering of so many who are in need might cease. His Holiness appreciates and highly esteems those who are close to the most disadvantaged and who make the effort to assist them, understand them, and meet their aspirations. In his prayers, he also asks that those responsible for the common good be enlightened so that they might fight the scourge of poverty with effective, equable, and caring means.”
The letter concludes with the Pope's blessing “as a sign of hope and support, at the same time asking the favour that they pray for and have prayers said for him.”
- Pope: God is real, concrete person, not mysterious, intangible mist, by Carol Glatz. Catholic News Service. 04/18/13:
The Christian faith teaches that God is a real, concrete person, not some intangible essence or esoteric mist like "god-spray," Pope Francis said.
In his homily April 18 at an early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis said many people say they believe in God, but what kind of God do they believe in exactly?
- Pope Francis: A Jonah for our times?, by Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap. Crisis Magazine 04/22/13.
- Francis will be 'boon' to ecumenism, expert predicts, by John Allen, Jr. National Catholic Reporter 04/22/13. Interview with Capuchin Fr. William Henn of Rome’s Gregorian University, consulter to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
- Famed Roman SJ calls Francis 'profoundly Jesuit' pope, by John Allen Jr. National Catholic Reporter 04/20/13.
- Battle with the devil: Pope Francis frames the fight in Jesuit terms, by Cindy Wooden. Catholic News Service. 04/18/13:
In his first month in office, Pope Francis continually preached about God's love and mercy, but he also frequently mentioned the devil and that sly dog's glee when people take their eyes off of Jesus and focus only on what's going wrong around them.
In the book "On Heaven and Earth," originally published in Spanish in 2010, the then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, said, "I believe that the devil exists" and "his greatest achievement in these times has been to make us believe he doesn't exist."