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It’s pretty cheeky to offer reading suggestions to a new pope, especially a Jesuit one. Pretty much by definition, Jesuits read deeply and well.
Still, on the off chance that, in his busy pre-papal life, Pope Francis never got around to reading this book on the papacy by Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn of San Francisco, I think it would be a useful addition to his reading list.
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Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.
For Catholics, the days leading to Easter are a time of renewal. In choosing the name of Francis as his first act, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina sends the world a powerful message that the new pope will be a man...Read more »
Whatever else may be riding on the outcome of this conclave, the important gains in Catholic-Jewish relations that the past two popes achieved—brilliantly and theatrically in the case of John Paul II and more quietly and steadily under Benedict XVI—are not in danger.
Given the painful history of two millennia, it’s one of the good news non-stories of the conclave. There’s no cardinal in the...Read more »
Now that the doors to the Sistine Chapel are closed and the actual voting process has begun, everybody who isn’t one of the 115 electors in the Sistine Chapel now has exactly one source as to what’s happening inside: a newly installed chimney on the roof. Nothing you hear from now on will be factual, until French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran steps out on a balcony and announces: “Habemus papam,” Latin...Read more »
Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.
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