- New pope slips out of Vatican for morning prayer visit, by Philip Pullella and Crispian Balmer. Reuters. 03/14/13.
- New Pope Fracis visits St. Mary Major, collects suitcases and pays bill at hotel News.VA 03/14/13.
- Francis' first day as Pope, by Alessandro Speciale. Francis prayed alone in the Basilica of St. Mary Major, after which he picked up his things from the house of the clergy where he had been residing before the Conclave. This afternoon he celebrates his first Mass as Pope. La Stampa "Vatican Insider" 03/14/13.
- New pope urges Church to return to its Gospel roots, by Crispian Balmer and Philip Pullella. Reuters. 03/14/13.
- Jesuits surprised that first of their brethren is elected pope, by Francis X. Rocca. Catholic News Service. 03/14/13.
- Pope Francis to Cardinals: ‘I Hope God Forgives You’ National Catholic Register 03/14/13.
- Pope Francis's missing lung should not be a problem, say doctors Associated Press. 03/14/13. Experts say new pope would be unable to do strenuous exercise, but should have enough energy for papal schedule.
- Traditionalists and Pope Francis: Can We Take a Deep Breath and Please Calm Down?, by Taylor Marshall. Canterbury Tales 03/14/13. "Way to go, trads! We have been working so hard under the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI to demonstrate that we are not an inbred subculture of angry, hateful, quasi-schismatic, Jansenistic, holier-than-the-Pope Catholics. ... And guess what. You just amplified that terrible reputation one hundredfold."
- Kevin Tierney makes the case for Pope Francis and(Guarded) Traditionalist Optimism and explains What we do and don't know about Pope Francis.
- Pope Francis and the Humility of Orthodoxy, by Carl Olson. Catholic World Report 03/14/13.The newly elected pontiff demonstrates how Catholicism is both consistently compelling and often very unpredictable.
- Pope Francis: Choosing a Jesuit as a reformer -- on many levels, by Francis X. Rocca. Catholic News Service. 03/14/13:
He is the world's first Jesuit pope, and the cardinal electors knew that the Jesuits are historically a missionary order, whose first generation in the 16th century not only carried the faith to non-Christian lands around the world, but marched in the front ranks of the Catholic Reformation, facing the challenge of Protestantism in Europe. That heritage may have been a factor in the choice of Pope Francis, at a moment when the church has placed a priority on the new evangelization -- the effort to revive the faith in increasingly secular societies.
- Is Jorge Bergoglio, The New Pope Francis, A Capitalist?, by Jerry Bowyer. Forbes 03/13/2013.
- "“Despite Calls for Change, Bears Continue to Shit in the Woods." Facebook post by John Zmirak, parroting the New York Times' brilliant observation that "He vigorously backs Vatican positions on abortion, gay marriage, the ordination of women and other leading issues of the day."
- The Pope Francis I know, by Margaret Hebblethwaite. The Guardian 03/14/13. His role in Argentina stirs controversy, but now Francis can start with a new name and a clean bill of moral health.