Pope Francis' first 24 hours: Doing it his way

Pope Francis' first 24 hours: Doing it his way

    Pope Francis on his way to pray at a Rome church

One of the first things a new pope hears is, “Holy Father, it’s always done this way.”

In his first 24 hours in office, Pope Francis has already given indications that he may not be intimidated by those words, as he creates his own style of being pope.

That was clear from the moment he put on his papal robes, donning the simple white cassock but declining to wear the ermine-trimmed red cape known as the mozzetta, which was left hanging on the wardrobe in the Room of Tears.

To Vatican officials who offered him an elaborate gold pectoral cross to wear around the neck, he said he’d prefer to keep his very simple cross that he’s worn as a bishop. He accepted the congratulations of cardinals not seated on a traditional throne-like chair, but standing up and greeting them one by one.

After his blessing last night to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square and to the world, Vatican aides told the pope a limousine was waiting to take him to his temporary quarters in the Vatican’s residence building. The new pope said he’d rather take the bus back with the cardinals – and he did.

This morning, the pope’s first act was to leave the Vatican for an impromptu visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in central Rome. No doubt someone told him: “But Holy Father, we need time to plan these visits very carefully.” He wisely didn’t listen. Yes, his presence snarled traffic and caused a major stir, but the Romans loved it.

Instead of taking the main car in the papal fleet, a Mercedes with the “SCV 1” license plate, he rode in a more modest sedan.

On the way inside the basilica, he stopped to wave to high school students across the street. After praying before a popular icon of Mary, he told confessors at the church to “be merciful, the souls of the faithful need your mercy.”

Then he stopped personally at a clerical guest house where he had been staying in recent days, a few steps from Piazza Navona, to pick up his suitcases and “pay his bill,” as he told cardinals the night before. One can presume his Vatican handlers offered to send someone else on this humdrum task, but Pope Francis did it his way.

128 comments (Add your own)

1. Marko S wrote:
Reading this brings great hope for the future of Catholic church. It looks like he will pull individuals to focus on the more unifying principles of charity, piety and love for others.
I appreciate your excellent coverage during this grand week.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 8:05 AM

2. Soror wrote:
Refreshing. Perhaps less money will be spent on finery and more sent to the poor.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 8:05 AM

3. Anna Maria Fenech wrote:
God bless him. We need (I mean the Church) needs one like him.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 8:26 AM

4. maria caruana wrote:
Well first i would like to say hello to the pope who is the messanger between us and god .second i would like to thank him for his umilty he is not like the pope before him he is like the one before the german one but now i would like to say that we are going to pray for him that god will help him thourt the years coming . and again thx from my sowl.

may god and our mary his mother keep there hands on you

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:07 AM

5. Paul wrote:
I'm an Orthodox Christian, of the Patriarchate of Antioch. When, after the repose of HB Ignatius, they went to his apartment to gather together his personal effects, they found that among the items of clothing he possessed only two shirts.

HH Francis appears to be of the same mould. May God grant him many years!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:08 AM

6. Jimmy Patterson wrote:

As our cathedral rector said, "There's a new sheriff in town."

Jimmy Patterson
Diocese of San ANgelo, TX

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:19 AM

7. terry wrote:
The church is made up of "living stones" and that he (St.Francid) was being called to restore it by preaching again the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone.

With the wisdom he had gained in building stone by stone, he was now prepared to care for people one by one and share with them the "Good News" of the Gospel.

We are blessed that our new papa is Francis

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

8. Brice wrote:
The vicar of Christ, over th people of God...we have reached a time in history where love & mercy, peace & joy, truth & grace will preside over the KEYS which Jesus entrusted to St.Peter andwhere the world will ne united in blissful harmony and all we have to do is believe in the promises that our Lord made in Matt 16:18-19 !! Thank and praise you Lord for Pope Francis I !!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:27 AM

9. Louise wrote:
Refreshing. I pray for his safty. I did not find out yet which Francis did he take the name from?

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:29 AM

10. Megan wrote:
Thats right Francis - give em somethin' to talk about...

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:33 AM

11. Mary Donovan wrote:
"Preach the gospel and when necessary use words"!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:33 AM

12. claire bangasser wrote:
Neat, neat, and super neat!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

13. Rev. Isaac McDaniel wrote:
A refreshing start!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:53 AM

14. leslie leonard wrote:
Thank you Almighty God for your Mercy on us!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:54 AM

15. Christi wrote:
I good example for all world leaders!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:57 AM

16. Mary Vassallo wrote:
God Bless our New Pope Francis, His behaviour is just like St Francis, living a simple life is Holy.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

17. Fredd Haas wrote:
The Holy Spirit continues his work. I for one believe that God thru the cardinals chose Pope Francis just like he chose Pope Benedict. May he continue to be "the rock" upon which we build our church for all, especially the poor, less fortunate, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

18. Mary Raymond wrote:
God has blessed us! Will be praying for him for strength and guidance in being Our Pope Francis :-)

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

19. Steve D wrote:
"Refreshing. Perhaps less money will be spent on finery and more sent to the poor."

If all that wealth in the Vatican Museum were sold off, the money would be spent in a very short time and wouldn't equal what our own social programs waste in a few days on inefficiency. Meanwhile all that art would end up in private hands and be lost to the world.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

20. Ed wrote:
Louise, Cardinal Dolan told the press that the name Francis honors Francis of Assisi specifically.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

21. Mike in KC, MO wrote:
While I find his actions, living and acting simply, to be very admirable...

Look, he's also the pope. I understand what he's doing and support him. BUT... There's also a reason the Swiss Guards are as well if not better trained than out Secret Service. There is a REASON that some trips 'have to be planned carefully'.

They are there to protect the Holy Father. Because you know there actually ARE psychos who would like to kill him, and who knows for what reason? I do hope he not quite so reckless constantly.

Look, I mean no disrespect, but I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY don't want to open the news one day to read the top story being that Pope Francis has taken several rounds and lies dead in the hospital because some psycho was waiting on the public bus he takes and was prepped to gun him down.

Maybe it's just me.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

22. Yae wrote:
I am sure Papa Francesco will want to do things "his way" but I want him to be safe too and realistic. Like Papa Benedict has already said, "your life is not your own once the one elected to the Petrine ministry accepts God's will." So, I am sure eventually, while he may still want to keep it simple, he will have to bend a little too. May God richly bless him for his humility!
Anyway, I am happy and so grateful to our Lord for this new Pope. Let's keep him in our prayers and ask our Lady to keep him under her mantle.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

23. Anthony wrote:
God bless Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict!

I hope people who love Pope Francis' humility remember first Benedict's. We are so blessed to have a new pope of gestures and simplicity and a pope emeritus of intellect and tradition.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

24. Jonathan Bianco wrote:
The fact that the new Pope has chosen St.Francis as his role model and his actions already show a similarity to the humility of St. Francis augurs well for the future of our faith. God bless Pope Francesco.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

25. Silvia Fonseca wrote:
Omg refresh! New start I think as church. As latina we need him our continent need him!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:33 AM

26. fiatlux wrote:
The riches of the Church came from the people and belong to the people. Every well-made Catholic Church is a refuge of beauty for the poor and the rich alike. (Compare to the lovely public library buildings that belong to everyone, and from which all can benefit, but the Church;s gifts are everlasting) Think about it - when an extravagant gift was given to Jesus, the only one who grumbled that it should be sold and given to the poor was Judas.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:34 AM

27. Claire wrote:
As Francis of Assis, His election is very timely quoting the words of one commentator last night during the Pope's 1st public audience "to RE-BUILD THE CHURCH" from many aspects...but His election neither our admiration on knowing him better and better each day cannot be enough... Brothers and Sisters....the POPE needs us all to be one with him...to be CLAIRE...so FRANCIS and continue the story that God once wrote when He called them to be know as" BROTHER SUN SISTER MOON"

Mabuhay ang Santo Padre!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

28. wrote:
He is definitely a Holy Man and was sent by God with a mission...so exciting!!!!!
Bless Him and pray for Him as he has a huge contract with God and the Church!!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

29. Appileyil wrote:
A man for such a time as this

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

30. Angel wrote:
Yesterday when Francis became Pope, I felt an immediate connection that I hadnt really felt to any of his predecessors. This man's examples are indeed lessons that our other world leaders should be taking heed of.

I am praying for him and praying for our church!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:12 AM

31. MarkBiwwa wrote:
What a load of apologetic crap. He stopped to wave at people so he must be a good man. Let's give him a few weeks on the job before we start adulating his sainthood, shall we?

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

32. Daniel Smrokowski wrote:
Thanks John for your blog post. In Pope Francis' first 24 hours, I'm already inspired by him. God Bless.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

33. Emmanuel Francisco wrote:
I pray fervently to the Almighty Father that Pope Francis will succeed restore order in the Vatican and reignite the faithful Catholics

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

34. Bill D. wrote:
We are the church and we thank GOD for sending us what we need in Francis.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

35. Kathy wrote:
Each pope brings his gifts to the Chair of Peter. As John Paul II and Benedict XVI, this Pope Francis will bring much to the Church and to the world. I love him already.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

36. Monica wrote:
Safety is why Jesus always had armed guards. I mean, people might try to stone him if he didn't and he'd never get away. Plus he could have ended up crucified.

Yeah, I know reasonable precautions are good, but I find it very refreshing to see this pope take the risk of simplicity. Good for him.

He reminds me much of John Paul the First, who did away with some of the trappings of royalty. I hope this one lasts longer!

As far as not 'adulating his sainthood' - I don't think we're doing that, but it's not a bad idea to hope for the best and look at things positively until we have reason not to.

I'm hopeful.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

37. Michele wrote:
Pope Francis' words to the confessors at the church to “be merciful, the souls of the faithful need your mercy,” is not just for our confessors, but also for all the faithful to the world.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:57 AM

38. K. Fairman wrote:
I hope he cleans house, gets rid of all modernists and keep it traditional.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

39. MaryK wrote:
Indeed a very humble bishop, an argentinian newspaper (Clarin) says that a group of friends gave him a new pair of shoes as a present( his own were quite worn out) for his trip to Rome. He rejected to fly first class, and went to Rome on tourist class, carrying a little suitcase. He wanted to come back soon home. God bless him and give gim strenght to carry out the work he inevitably has to do: clean home!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

40. Lise wrote:
I'm looking forward to the changes ahead...Pope Francis seems like a simple humble man with a mind and ideas of his own. BRAVO!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

41. Jane Leblanc. wrote:
We love you Pope Francis.God Bless you.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

42. avw wrote:
He did set a great way for all the worldleaders to follow

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

43. Dorothy wrote:
Hope for the future of the church - a true man of God may he be truly blessed in his work and n his life as he carries out the task given to him.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

44. Lonnie wrote:
This man fills me with hope!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:45 PM

45. Cheryl Wills wrote:
I see this man as riveted on the heart of God and as one who seeks only to follow the One who began it all. Praise God in his holy temple!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

46. Bob wrote:
These are all symbolic acts or matters of personal taste, good for setting a tone. I don't know how much they will help him clean up the Vatican Bank. But if he really wants "change," he knows he'll have to find a way to do that.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

47. Psalm 139v13 wrote:
May God's grace be upon Pope Francis as he leads us through to the Divine Mercy of our Lord and Savious Jesus Christ.
Let us all pray for:
his health,
his love for the church and his people,
his desire to sacrifice his life for the life of the church,
his humbleness to always acknowledge he is God’s servant,
his submission to the greatest purpose as the Vicar of Christ here on earth,
and the glory of God to bless and strengthen him.
Let us ask all of this through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Let him set an example that we can truly follow.
Be simple but smart and careful.

It is difficult to always hear people talking about "giving the money to the poor." If you have such a strong conviction for the poor - how much are you giving rather than condemning?
Let us all set the example.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

48. Miki Tracy wrote:
A second John Paul I. Brush me ecstatic! <3

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

49. Lynne Giger wrote:
Oh how wonderful. I see great things in our future. Many blessings as he enters his new office. My prayers and the prayers of many will be with him.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 1:15 PM

50. Joseph Garcia wrote:
This is looking good! I hope on Tuesday that he gets rid of a lot of the pomp and circumstance, wears sandals and a simple Jesuit habit and asks the world for pardon for the clergy's sins. We all need to support and pray for him

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 1:31 PM

51. Jackie wrote:
I am still very excited by the mysterious ways of the Almighty God right from the day Benedict resigned his Papal seat till yesterday on the elections of Pope Francis I... Everything seem heavenly driven, he came as a total surprise to the entire universe, his simplicity has struck me beyond only comparable to some acts of Jesus, He has given me new hopes in the Catholic Church, his attitude of worshiping the Lord together instead of humans worship him.....May the Almighty keep watch and guide upon him Always!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 1:41 PM

52. Ninfa Avalos. wrote:
I love him !!!! Viva Cristo Rey !!!! Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe, Viva el Papa Francisco I !!!!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 1:41 PM

53. Joe wrote:
I hope he shows mercy to gay and lesbian Catholics, and officially ends the crusade against their families.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 1:41 PM

54. Liz wrote:
I think it's great that he's so humble and his personality is simple, but Benedict and John Paul II were humble also. All of those fancy things are not meant for the man, but for Christ. He stands in place of Christ so it is not bad to have the best for God.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 1:48 PM

55. Steve wrote:
I heard that his friends describe him as a good listener. I do hope so [Some friends also gave him some new shoes to go to Rome for the conclave because the one pair he had were worn out. I hope/have a fantasy that his young gay niece or nephew or grand niece or grand nephew or 2nd or 3rd YOUNG not so straight cousin will come visit and come out to him and tell him how difficult it has been for her/him or how much the church has hurt him/her. Maybe, better yet, this young relative might tell him that he likes him as a family member just fine, but "really, uncle/cousin, I don't go to church much anymore because it just makes no sense to me. The church teaches or acts like I am bad or defective, but I know I am not." I hope he meets often with many teenagers and just listens without "correcting" them and pointing out how they are WRONG or misguided. Maybe at the end he thanks them for their honesty and encourages them to keep learning and loving.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 2:10 PM

56. Genia wrote:
Pope Francis is truly the work of the Holy Spirit.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 2:16 PM

57. Gerry wrote:
Sorry to burst the bubble of the so called traditionalists, but Pope Francis is his own man as these past 24 hours have shown: he is not going to be weighed down by a past and live is some "time warp". He is a man of his times and will build a future based on firm foundations. God bless him and let us not hem him in and straight-jacket him into an icon of what we want (from whatever side of this great Cathiolic Church we happen to belng to

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 2:24 PM

58. Andrea wrote:
As Christ walked among his people may Papa Francis be safe doing the same. God bless you and keep you.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 2:25 PM

59. Christine wrote:
A true Man of God and a great example for his church to follow

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 2:49 PM

60. debbie wrote:
How refreshing! Finally a Pope like the rest of us commoners! And with the determination to stand up to the officials and do things his way. I'm lookung forward to following Pope Francis' papacy to see what unifying steps he plans to take; what efforts her wioll make on the clean up of the vatican beaucracy and doing it all in a humble manner as Christ would have done. Viva Pope Francis' and may God Bless You and Your Papacy!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

61. calis wrote:
It's about time that someone begins to dismantle the centeries of nonsense.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 2:58 PM

62. Margaret Karam wrote:
The Holy Spirit is full of wonderful surprises. This time a curve was pitched! Hurray.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 3:14 PM

63. Josephine Campbell wrote:
I agree with most of the above. I got attached to him from the very first moment and has an excellent attitude. I think he is a wonderful and holy person who sets a wonderful example. He seems to live the Gospel very authentically, a typical Jesuit. It was providential for the appropriate time. I assimiliate him more to Pope Paul VI, quite modest, and also with Pope John XXIII from his background.

Long live Pope Francis, so we can also become holy like him. We have to keep him in our prayers.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 3:45 PM

64. Deacon John M. Bresnahan wrote:
I just purchased Thavis' book "The Vatican Diaries" and am finding it interesting and illuminating.
On page 60 there is a lament from a British reporter who groaned out: "I can't write a story about the power of the Eucharist." It seems reporters want to write about "somthing--anything--that might make a headline..." Things like "global conflicts, refugee crises, technological challenges, sexual hedonism.."
But, apparently -Yikes!--nothing spiritual, nothing about the very heart of religious faith, nothing about prayer, or nothing about worship, etc.
So the pope can talk for hours about anything but politics or sex issues and what we will get is---politics and sex issues.
Also interesting is the information that Mass is held for reporters, but only one or two bother to come.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 3:48 PM

65. S. Valenti wrote:
One day, as a fifth grader having lunch at my friend's house in the middle of the school day, we learned that a new Pope, John the XXlll, had just been elevated. II remember the excitement we felt heading back to our parochial school. And, Pope John held such promise for moving the Church forward. he fulfilled that promise. Now, almost 55 years later, having fallen away from my Church to some extent, I'm filled with a similar excitement. No longer naive, but hopeful that this humble man with working class roots who has spent his life among the poor and powerless can reconnect the church to the people it serves.

As long as I live, I'll never forget the level of interest among the twenty people or more in the doctors' waiting room yesterday as we all waited to hear who the next pope would be. It occurred to me that we all didn't share the same religion but perhaps the same hopefulness and respect for this new Pope.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 4:13 PM

66. Dan Hill wrote:
I am a Protestant, but i am so impressed by this pope! In just one day, he has offered so many positive examples of how Christian leaders should behave. He is also setting a great example for world political leaders. He has true servant's heart - and his humility instead of the usual arrogance - is so very refreshing. May God bless Pope Francis!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 4:14 PM

67. Vic O&#39;Callaghan wrote:
I am almost speechless. This event has a sense of the second coming.
After decades of struggling with all the nonsense of the church (I have tired of being in rooms filled with balloons) the normal actions of Pope Francis have tapped my hope faucet. Might we be entering a time where honesty and courage characterise the physical presence of the Body of Christ?
My heart soared this morning when I heard that our new pope had said, 'unless the church focuses on spiritual renewal, it will become nothing but a compassionate NGO.' It is so refreshing to imagine there may be someone in world leadership who can articulate the tension and the balance of working for justice while at the same time being passionate about pulling back the veil to reveal the emitting point for all our goodness.
Might this man so simply embody this presence.
Together, let's join him in prayer for light and courage.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 4:29 PM

68. Michael J Schreyer wrote:
He is teaching me how to be humble, and showing me who Christ was. What a gift to the Church Francis is! God is most generous and merciful.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 4:30 PM

69. Claudia Fernandez wrote:
El Santo Padre Francisco, nos pidió a todos los argentinos, que los que estuviéramos pensando viajar a Roma para su toma de posesión, no lo hiciéramos, mas bien donáramos el dinero del viaje a los pobres o hagamos actos de caridad. Un Ejemplo par todos los que nos llamamos cristianos. Amor a Dios y al prójimo!Dios te bendiga Francisco!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 4:32 PM

70. Jim McCrea wrote:
The initial form is very good. I sincerely hope that there will be strong reforming substance that comes with the form.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 4:47 PM

71. Colline wrote:
I look forward to seeing what changes he makes. I think he has a huge task ahead of him and it lightens my heart to see that he does not forget where he comes from and who he ultimately serves.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 4:57 PM

72. Mwest wrote:
K.Fairman above commented "I hope he cleans house, gets rid of all modernists and keep it traditional."
Somehow I don't see Jesus wanting to "get rid" of anyone! I hope he cleans house, and rebuilds God's church so that it can be what Jesus intended it to be instead of what it has become.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:04 PM

73. Fr John Robinson wrote:
Many thanks for all this information and valuable insight into Pope Francis. God is so good giving us him at this difficult time in the Church when there is need for humility and confession of failure, especially in caring for all the abused over long years.

Ad Multos Annos and Deo Gratias!
John Robinson, Edinburgh

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:09 PM

74. Phyllis wrote:
I am praying for his safety. His holiness is evident so the devil will be prowling. God keep him safe!!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:10 PM

75. Rey Altamirano wrote:
I love this guy!!!

Living up to his namesake, he exudes love, humility, and much needed simplicity.

God bless our Church and this papacy!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:20 PM

76. Dave Foster wrote:
Would he like to be President of the United States in his spare time, we've got one now that is livin the high life and needs replacing.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:25 PM

77. Juvy mallo wrote:
St. Francis is a humble man so as our new pope.......humility and poverty vertues we must follow from his examples..

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:29 PM

78. ADELE wrote:

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:31 PM

79. Change wrote:
This sounds great, but I won't be convinced until he supports marriage equality.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:49 PM

80. Lynn wrote:
Wow we have a real down to earth person who will lead his followers and rebuild the Church! How exciting!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:54 PM

81. N wrote:
We pray that Francis keeps his humble ways and is not forced to buy into the excessive trappings his position has been known for. We pray, too, that he is able to balance the Jesuit and Franciscan philosophies as he leads us forward not backward nor sideways.
God be with him.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 6:32 PM

82. Yvonne Styer wrote:
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is surley with our new Pope! Thank you Jesus for Your merciful servant! I will continue to pray for you Pope Fransis!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 8:13 PM

83. Richard Webster wrote:
I love this Pope because he thinks like we do lol!

Does he want to plan to come over to our place for dinner...after all he seems like he love to do things on the spur of the moment. LOL!

We love you any Pope Francis!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 8:22 PM

84. bill croke wrote:
Welcome Francis!! Re
new HIS Church!!!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 8:54 PM

85. William wrote:
" I come to serve, not to be served ".

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:11 PM

86. Helen wrote:
I hope the leaders of the world are paying attention to this humble pope, who doesn't want to do things as they always have been, but prefers to do it his way.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:28 PM

87. Atheist wrote:
It's amazing how I, an atheist finds a pope of this stature to be refreshing and inspiring.

Honestly, if I had learned anything from growing up Catholic,is that "If it is God's will, let it be done."

If this pope chooses to go out without security, let's understand that what happens (and doesn't happen) will happen.

I may not believe in God anymore, but so far, this has taught me that there is still hope for this church through a man who can express something as simple a humility.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 9:33 PM

88. Carmen herrera uy wrote:
I was feeling a little depressed this morning as in the past few days....with a doubt in my faith...but then reading this article and the message the pope puts across on how he will lead the whole catholic church puts back the hope in my life...i have been a daily church goer but something made me stop going to church everyday, not even yesterday, to thank the Lord for my gift of life, on my birthday.

A single action is worth a thousand sermon...and pope francis is showing it.

We love you pope francis!!!!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

89. Serene Tan wrote:
Well done papa! I pray that I can meet you in Rome as I am visiting 24-27 April 2013!
Love you!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:26 PM

90. glenn wrote:
Those seem like small things, but (1)there would have been great pressure to do it the old way, and (2) doing it the old way is how the Vatican insiders subtly control the guy they ostenibly work for.

Hurray for Francis.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 10:32 PM

91. Luisito Sheng wrote:
It may be in deference to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI that the former did not wear the mozetta

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:09 PM

92. Leslie Jackson wrote:
Good for him! I'm glad he's doing it his way. Congatulations to him for being elected the pope. I am sure he will continue to do things his way.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

93. Deacon Dan Gannon wrote:
These acts of Pope Francis are so moving and inspiring - It is amazing that his EXAMPLE is the main impact he has had in the media so far ... I am very excited and look forward to seeing his papacy unfold.

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

94. I s. Alcordo wrote:
The main gospel of Jesus was the "dawning of the kingdom of God on humankind" with his presence. And its simpliest meaning was/is this: "This is the kingdom of heaven—God is your Father and you are His sons and this good news (Gospel), if you wholeheartedly believe it,is your eternal salvation." All mortal creatures of God, male and female, are called "sons."

Jesus lived this divine truth of the "Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Men" in his life and teachings I hope and pray to God for Pope Francis to engrave this DIVINE TRUTH into the mind, spirit, and soul of the Catholic Church as her Head during his pontificate!

Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 11:54 PM

95. Honey wrote:
I'm going to translate what Claudia Fernandez wrote in spanish, to english so we can read:
The Holy Father Francis, asked us argentineans, that if we were planning to travel to Rome to whitness his Installation Mass, we'd better not, he'd rather us cancel the trip and donate that money to the poor or do charity with it. He really is an example to us christians. Love God and your neighboor. God bless you Francisco!

very nice indeed :)

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 12:33 AM

96. Carol Ashbacher wrote:
We'll see how long this lasts. Remember, "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." It's about time the Catholic church recognizes the teaching of Jesus.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:10 AM

97. Marc wrote:
I think many left the church because of the contradictions. Pope Francis seems to be addressing one of the worst: Humility Vs Extravagance. There may be hope yet.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:11 AM

98. Genevieve Evangelia wrote:
I belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. From what I have seen, he reminds me of the monastics I have met, very gracious. How wonderful for the Roman Catholic Church.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:31 AM

99. Marie wrote:
Our Cardinal Tagle sounds like him too - humble and very simple, takes public transportation or walks if possible. May the priests, bishops and cardinals follow suit as well as world leaders.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 2:13 AM

100. Cha wrote:
Just like St. Francis! A true Jesuit! God bless you Pope!

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 3:03 AM

101. Thomas wrote:
Hmm, a guy who does things his own way....nice. I wish only the best for him :) There are some behind-the-scenes pictures of the election at the Vatican at http://loljam.com/post/8166/

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 3:49 AM

102. Carmen herrera uy wrote:
Simplicity in ways as pope francis is showing it is the best way to lessen the gap between the poor and the rich...for if only the rich instead of flaunting their wealth in extravagance, use the money to help the needy, then poverty will not be a problem which is having such a great magnitude as it is now, especially in poor countries.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 3:54 AM

103. Catherine Mormina wrote:

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 6:15 AM

104. Lucil wrote:
J'aime ce nouveau style de Pape. Ça me réjouis grandement.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 7:23 AM

105. Charlie wrote:
I Pray for his safety amongst those curiamafiosos.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 7:58 AM

106. Edward wrote:
Pope Francis has upped the momentum left by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Humility. As a Catholic I am proud for this Blessing!

I urge our leaders of Africa and more so here in Uganda, Prime Minister Mbabazi, and Minister for Karamoja Mrs. Janet Museveni to take heed, Sale the Mercedes' that were bought using the Money meant for the displaced people of Northern Uganda, and give it back to the people!

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 8:39 AM

107. Ron Perera wrote:
Better than winning the World Cup.
May God Bless Pope Francis

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 9:37 AM

108. Roly Mercado wrote:
I celebrate the new Pope, Pope Francis, my kind of Pope, a vindication of my faith, rekindling hope in my heart for a truly enlightened direction of the Church under the guidance of Christ our Lord himself when he first came to us, not for the self righteous, not for the so-called teachers of the law or the clergy who feel they are already saved because of their perceived standing in the Church, but rather for the helpless, the sinners, the downtrodden, those who reach out but were refused because they could not abide by laws they do not understand, those who need compassion rather than admonition.

Pope Francis, our Hope Eternal!

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

109. Elva R wrote:
Congratulations to Pope Francis.

It is my hope that he will remember the west as well as South America.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

110. Cherie wrote:
Do you suppose the big "O", i.e. "Barry Soetoro" could take a few lessons here??

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

111. Pat Brown wrote:
How refreshing to have such a humble man in such a high place. Maybe now more will be done to help the poor and disadvantaged in this global world. He is a breath of fresh air and I pray for his safety.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

112. Biblecia.com wrote:
If only the doctrines of the church weren't wicked!

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 12:14 PM

113. Patty wrote:
Life is good! Strong yet humble.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 1:36 PM

114. JUDI OPOL wrote:




Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 2:08 PM

115. Deacon John M. Bresnahan wrote:
I think Pope Francis will very much need our prayers. First because he will be a Catholic pope--actually teaching what the Church has soundly taught for 2,000 years whether on poverty issues or marriage issues, or on life issues.
Which means there will be many, especially in the media, who will be out to do everything possible to tear him down. In fact, it is already starting in some quarters of the media. I just read an article that had quotes from just about every person in Argentina who is grinding an axe against him, but hardly anything from those who admire him.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 3:45 PM

116. Kathy L wrote:
I love this guy! He is my kind of Pope and someone I can really relate to. Maybe the US government could borrow him from time to time to straighten our country out!!
As a Catholic, I am very proud to have him as our Pope and I have had many non-Catholic friends and co-workers comment on how impressive this decision is. I know he can't fix everything that is broken in the Church but this is a great start-it really gives me hope! We all need to pray for his safety.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 5:21 PM

117. Assumpta wrote:
I was delighted to read all the comments, in english,and spanish,they are more sensible and respectful than the ones written by french people.I am french!! and I thanks the Lord for giving us such a Pope to direct our Church.The Holy Spirit was really at work among the Cardinals.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 5:40 PM

118. Noel wrote:
Keep being humble and simple, But do not be careless with safety protocol. We pray for our new Pope.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 6:19 PM

119. Arnold Gallardo wrote:
It's refreshing to see humility from the Pope. God bless his tenure and the church. They need this in these trying times.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 7:27 PM

120. Cleophas Anthony wrote:
its so very very exiting to have a new down to earth person as our new pope. He is just like an ordinary person just like us.

Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 9:58 PM

121. Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Nwabueze wrote:
God is Love, whoever that walk with God must be (Love) in accordance with His Words. Pope Francis, may Abba Father in heaven always be with you. May HE crown you with His wisdom and peace in Jesus' name. Amen.

Sat, March 16, 2013 @ 8:57 AM

122. Maria Agnes Olmedo wrote:
Long Live the Pope !!!!! The whole world must
feel so blessed that we have another St. Francis in the making....This is a pope who truly understands humility and practices it in its truest sense....We love you Pope Francis!!!!

Sat, March 16, 2013 @ 9:45 AM

123. Barbara Schmid wrote:
I just finished reading The Vatican Diaries last night and I intend to reread.I loved the inside stories of the saintly and the bad guys. It is a great read. We stay in Rome a month each year and even as nonpracticing Catholics we gravitate to the Vatican often. We were sure many years ago that John 23's mission and actions would change the church, but we finally left in our mid-70s when we were told that we'd be sinning if we voted for Obama. What hubris in our Pastor's pronouncements. We still pray, try to continue our pilgrimage and to support social justice concerns but have felt abandoned by the hierarchy which showed such promise 50 years ago. It was all smoke and mirrors. I was impressed by the humility of Francis, but want to hear more about the years of the Dirty Wars in Argentina.

Sat, March 16, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

124. nimfa gutierrez wrote:
I wish him the good blessing of the lord so he may find ways to guide his people of how to worship our lord in a better way not too much bureaucrats Lead us to the lord the way We hope,love N faith in to our lord jesus christ as the lord sacrifice too.SO lets'pray for him so he can guide us all.Bless our pope Francis

Sun, March 17, 2013 @ 2:14 AM

125. Marino Villarin wrote:
ARTER CAPITALISM we have a new Pope! PROUT is the solution. Francis + correct spirituality = solution

Sun, March 17, 2013 @ 4:20 AM

126. Ibrahim Idi wrote:
It is a long journey! Too early to draw conclusions!! Again it is unfair to rate him higher than his predecessor .Yea he seems nice, however I am already wondering whether this showbiz posturing is good enough. The Honey moon would end sooner than later. People should know that styles differ . Ascetism does not necessarily mean holiness , otherwise Bin Laden and his fellow travellers should be made Roman Catholic saints. I fear that folks are already making a superstar out of him. He should ease up on his spontaneity and tendency to break protocols . It will ultimately create a lot of problems. I think the Roman Pontiff has bigger fish to fry. Being a friend to the media is good , but there are grave issues begging for attention.

Sun, March 17, 2013 @ 2:59 PM

127. pauline wrote:
way to go!!I'm thrilled this wonderful man has been made pope.He is inspiring and a fantastic role model.God bless and protect him.

Mon, March 18, 2013 @ 3:52 PM

128. carol wrote:
As obama claims to be for the poor he might take a few lessons from pope Francis on modest since he is running America and the poor into the ground

Wed, March 20, 2013 @ 7:22 PM

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