ROME (RNS) Francis is the church’s first Jesuit pope, and Jesuit traditions favor simple cuisine — one of the rules of the order is for diners to fill up on bread because it avoids the “disorder” that comes from being “tempted by other foods.”
(RNS) The Catholic hierarchy calls it “defamation” to raise questions about Pope Francis’ role in Argentina’s “Dirty War.” But as any penitent knows, a desire to move forward must be accompanied by candor about the past.
ROME (RNS) “With each conclave, fewer and fewer people will even remember when there was an Italian pope,” says La Stampa’s Giacomo Galeazzi.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican swiftly rejected accusations that Pope Francis sided with the brutal Argentinian government in the 1970s when he was a Jesuit leader.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Everything about a conclave is supposed to be secret, but there are always leaks afterwards, and even broad hints from the cardinals about how a pope was elected. This time is no different.
(RNS) In San Francisco, the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi is attracting attention after the new pope’s decision to take the 13th-century saint as his namesake.