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Indian sand sculpture

March 25, 2013

A sand sculpture of the newly-elected Pope Francis.

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Ignatian spirituality may guide Pope Francis

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

March 25, 2013
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – As the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis' Ignatian spirituality can help him discern God's will and reveal the Gospel in a new way, says Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, a fellow Jesuit.

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St. Francis a key to life of Ignatius, says leading Jesuit

March 25, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis is "a Jesuit's Jesuit" who understands the importance of St. Francis of Assisi in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, said the Jesuits' secretary for the promotion of the faith.

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Francis urges Argentines to stay home, give money to the poor

March 25, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The night of his election, Pope Francis phoned the Vatican ambassador in Argentina and asked him to tell the country's bishops and faithful not to feel obliged to come to Rome for his installation, said the Vatican spokesman.

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A new pope calls us to faith

March 25, 2013
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis began his term as the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church by urging the cardinals who elected him to take up the cross and avoid the worldliness of the devil.

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In Buenos Aires, pope put priority on serving the poor

March 25, 2013
DAVID AGREN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Mass at the Christ the Worker Parish in Buenos Aires is celebrated on a cement soccer pitch. There, parishioners sit on portable pews and relax on the embankment of an overpass; shipping containers soar over the fence behind the altar.

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Vatican dismisses claims against Bergoglio during 'Dirty War'

March 25, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican dismissed claims that Pope Francis played a direct role in the kidnappings of two Jesuit priests during Argentina's murderous military dictatorship.

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Argentines shocked their cardinal is chosen as pope

March 25, 2013
DAVID AGREN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Lawyer Diego Morales often walks past the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires.

He recently popped in, however, taking a moment for prayer and reflection and to give thanks for what was previously unthinkable: that local Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be elected pope.

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Springtime in the Vatican

March 25, 2013

A pictorial look at Pope Francis' first 5 days as the 265th successor to Peter

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Bergoglio in Argentina

March 25, 2013

A gallery of photos shows the pope on his home turf

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