- On April 1st, Pope Francis prayed the Regina coeli with pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square on Monday. From Vatican Radio, the full text of the Pope's remarks before the traditional Eastertide prayer of Marian Devotion:
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter to you all! Thank you for coming today, in such large numbers, to share the joy of Easter, the central mystery of our faith. Let us pray that the power of the resurrection of Christ might reach everyone - especially those who suffer - and every place that is in need of trust and hope.
Christ has conquered evil fully and finally, but it is up to us, to people in every age, to embrace this victory in our lives and in the realities of history and society. For this reason it seems important to point out that today we ask God in the liturgy: “O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring, grant that your servants may hold fast in their lives to the Sacrament they have received in faith.” (Collect for Monday in the Octave of Easter). Indeed, the Baptism that makes us children of God, and the Eucharist that unites us to Christ, must become life. That is to say: they must be reflected in attitudes, behaviors, actions and choices. The grace contained in the Easter Sacraments is an enormous source of strength for renewal in personal and family life, as well as for social relations. Nevertheless, everything passes through the human heart: if I allow myself to be reached by the grace of the risen Christ, if I let that grace change for the better whatever is not good in me, [to change whatever] might do harm to me and to others, then I allow the victory of Christ to affirm itself in in my life, to broaden its beneficial action. This is the power of grace! Without grace we can do nothing – without grace we can do nothing! And with the grace of Baptism and Holy Communion, we can become an instrument of God's mercy – that beautiful mercy of God.
To express in our lives the sacrament we have received: behold, dear brothers and sisters, our daily work – and, I would say, our daily joy! The joy of being instruments of the grace of Christ, as branches of the vine which is Christ himself, inspired by the sustaining presence of His Spirit! We pray together, in the name of the dead and risen Lord, and through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, that the Paschal mystery might work deeply in us and in our time, in order that hatred give way to love, lies to the truth, revenge to forgiveness, sadness to joy.
- Pope Francis visits tomb of St Peter Vatican Radio. 04/02/13.
- Can't chant, can't speak English? Pope says it's because he's tone-deaf, by Carol Glatz. Catholic News Service. 04/02/13. After a musically proficient and polyglot Pope Benedict XVI, it came as a surprise to many that Pope Francis doesn't sing or chant at Mass or speak foreign languages in public.
- First Holy Week for Francis, by Sandro Magister. Powerful gestures. Simplified rituals. A week that has revealed the style of the new pope. But has also raised some questions that have gone unanswered. 04/02/13.
- Tracing the clues to Pope Francis' ecology, by Brian Roewe. National Catholic Reporter 04/02/13. "With little known of his writings and statements, if any, on the environment as Bergoglio, attention shifted toward what he has said and done as Francis."
- 'Francis effect' grips pope's home in Argentina, by John Allen, Jr. National Catholic Reporter 04/02/13. "It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the election of the first-ever pope from Latin America is causing a mini-Catholic boom in his home country, but however predictable, signs of a “Francis effect” in Argentina seem almost ubiquitous."
- CBS Cheers Pope Francis Against ‘Conservative Old Guard’ -- Paul Bremmer documents the liberal spin. Newsbusters 04/02/13:
The mainstream media are in love with Pope Francis, but it's not because of his conservative theology. It's because they see him as a potentially liberal pioneer for the Catholic Church. On Saturday’s CBS This Morning, the network ran a story that cheered on the pope in his supposed struggle against more traditional voices within the church.
- Pope renders U.S. professor speechless by hugging his disabled son MSN.com. 04/02/13.