Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God’s power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Vatican to watch the investiture ceremony.
Prior to meeting with the press Pope Francis prayed privately in the Vatican Gardens. He ended Saturday’s audience with a blessing for journalists and their families.
Joseph Artuso crafted a sugary salute to the Holy Father – an image of Pope Francis printed with food coloring ink on sugar paper atop a black and white cookie.
Pope Francis is largely expected to stay the course when it comes to issues like abortion and homosexuality, but his background suggests a possible shift to the left on matters concerning world economic policy.
Francis showed how different he would be as a pastor, giving an off-the-cuff homily about the need to walk with God, build up his church and confess and at one point, referring to children building sand castles on the beach.
Reverend Luke Sweeney from the Archdiocese of New York joined The Couch, alongside TV 10-55’s Mary Calvi, who has covered the Church extensively.
Excitement and curiosity filled the hearts of Catholics attending morning Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Port Chester.
The new pope, who will be known as Francis, is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed.
Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke with members of the media following the historic election of a new leader for the Catholic Church to share his thoughts on the process and Pope Francis.
There was great anticipation leading up to the naming of the new pope Wednesday. The faithful flocked to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan to pray for their new leader.