Pope Francis http://wrkf.org en One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing http://wrkf.org/post/one-year-later-pope-all-keeps-catholics-guessing A year ago today, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world's most popular newsmakers.<p>Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, the Argentine-born pope's pastoral approach has given the Catholic Church a new glow — less judgmental, more merciful.<p>Like many others in the big Sunday crowd in St. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 23688 at http://wrkf.org One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing Benedict Dismisses Renewed Rumors About Why He Left The Papacy http://wrkf.org/post/benedict-dismisses-renewed-rumors-about-why-he-left-papacy Almost one year to the day since <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/28/173125276/on-benedicts-last-day-a-pledge-of-obedience-to-his-successor" target="_blank">Benedict XVI stepped down</a> as spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the former pope has issued his first public comment on recurring rumors in the Italian media that he didn't resign of his own will.<p>Such talk is "simply absurd," Benedict writes in a letter <a href="http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/benedetto-xvi-benedict-xvi-benedicto-xvi-32340/" target="_blank Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 23070 at http://wrkf.org Benedict Dismisses Renewed Rumors About Why He Left The Papacy Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World http://wrkf.org/post/pope-welcomes-new-cardinals-many-developing-world In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals.<p>Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world.<p>Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic Church will be governed.<p>The first pope from the developing world chose many of his new cardinals from the periphery of the globe. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:47:39 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 22944 at http://wrkf.org Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope' http://wrkf.org/post/roman-street-graffiti-celebrates-superpope First, he's <em>Time</em> magazine's "<a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope/?iid=poy-main-lead">Person of the Year</a>." Then, he's <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pope-francis-the-times-they-are-a-changin-20140128">Rolling Stone's cover story</a>: "The Times They Are A-Changin'" in the Roman Catholic Church.<p>Now, he's "SuperPope," the latest incarnation of Pope Francis, who has rapidly become one of the most popular leaders on the planet.<p>He made his debut recently, on a street named after the Roman comic playwright Plau Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 21904 at http://wrkf.org On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope' Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date http://wrkf.org/post/finding-common-interests-obama-and-pope-set-date President Obama plans to meet this spring with Pope Francis.<p>On Tuesday, a White House spokesman announced the president will visit the Vatican as part of European trip in March. The president is said to be looking forward to talking with the pope about their "shared commitment to fighting poverty" and income inequality.<p>The meeting will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter, but Obama has carefully followed the pope's progress since Francis took charge of the Roman Catholic Church 10 months ago. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:04:32 +0000 Scott Horsley 21542 at http://wrkf.org Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture' http://wrkf.org/post/pope-calls-abortion-evidence-throwaway-culture Pope Francis, criticized by some conservative Catholics as not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said Monday that the practice is "horrific" and evidence of "the throwaway culture."<p>In an annual speech known as the pontiff's "State of the World" address, Francis told diplomats and journalists gathered at the Holy See that it "is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day."<p>Hunger, he said, is a threat to world peace, noting that food, like human life, is being discarded as unnecessary.<p>"We cannot be indifferent to thos Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21218 at http://wrkf.org Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture' Pope Francis Shakes Up Important Congregation For Bishops http://wrkf.org/post/pope-francis-shakes-important-congregation-bishops Pope Francis continues to shake up the Vatican establishment. This time, in what observers are calling a major move, he reshuffled the membership of the Congregation for Bishops, one of the most important organizations in the Vatican.<p>In the biggest shakeup announced on Monday, Francis removed Cardinal Raymond L. Burke from the group and replaced him with another American, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C..<p>Burke is known as an outspoken critic of abortion and gay marriage. In fact, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edq69fJLnXo">in an interview with EWTN</a> on Dec. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 20194 at http://wrkf.org Pope Francis Shakes Up Important Congregation For Bishops Pope Francis Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says http://wrkf.org/post/pope-francis-person-year-time-says "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world's largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, <a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope">Pope Francis is <em>Time</em>'s 2013 Person of the Year</a>."<p>The magazine adds that:<p><blockquote><p>"What makes this pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:19:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19922 at http://wrkf.org Pope Francis Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many http://wrkf.org/post/pope-slams-disposable-culture-marginalizes-many Around the world today, the powerful "feed upon the powerless" and too many people are treated as "consumer goods to be used and then discarded," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=174237289" target="_blank">Pope Francis</a> writes in his first major paper since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic church last May.<p>Echoing his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/16/184546859/pope-francis-denounces-cult-of-money" target="_blank">earlier denunciation of the "cult of money,"</a> the pope goes on at length in <a href="http://www.vatican.va/holy_f Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:16:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19297 at http://wrkf.org Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity http://wrkf.org/post/church-built-tradition-pope-likes-spontaneity In the seven months since he was elected, Pope Francis has shaken up the Catholic world and beyond with off-the-cuff homilies, phone calls to ordinary folk and unscripted interviews. His Twitter followers now exceed 10 million. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:42:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 18264 at http://wrkf.org In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity