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By Conrado de Quiros
Some days ago, an American professor at Harvard Divinity School caused quite a stir by claiming to have come into the possession of a fragment of an ancient scroll that seemed to indicate that Jesus Christ was married. There’s a part there, says Karen King, that says, “Jesus said to them, ‘my wife.’”
May I congratulate the Inquirer for the beautifully written article titled “Pope Francis, Tagle hailed as ‘rock stars’” (Front Page, 3/13/14) by Lito B. Zulueta. John Allen, a visiting Vatican journalist, called Pope Francis “the new celebrity par excellence,” and rightly so. The Pope, with his personal, simple and humble ways, has touched a chord in the hearts of Catholics around the world and sparked the beginnings of a new evangelization in the Church. In his desire to “bring the Church out of the sacristy and into the world,” the Pope himself has led the way.
By John Nery
I liked the way it was phrased: Pope Francis has “an older son problem.” That seemed to me to be exactly right: The context was both biblical and within the framework of a famous parable of mercy. Hearing eminent Vaticanista John Allen Jr. say it out loud was satisfying indeed. The definition of the problem itself hinted at the solution. But I am getting ahead of myself.
By Juan L. Mercado
Marking the first year as pope is an “arbitrary measure for a 2,000-year-old institution that thinks in terms of centuries,” notes the newspaper Guardian. That provides context for Pope Francis, who’ll complete his first year as pontiff on March 13.
By Juan L. Mercado
“A traditionalist cardinal with a sense of his own splendor is a magnificent beast, like a mammoth draped in embroidery,” noted the Guardian. But under Pope Francis, “they may become an endangered species.”
By Michael L. Tan
It’s the largest public opinion survey I’ve seen yet of Catholics—12,038 adults (aged 18 and above) randomly selected from 12 countries where Catholics are the majority. The Philippines was among the 12, with a sample of 1,000 interviewed in Tagalog, English and Spanish. In developed countries, the interviews were conducted by phone. In the Philippines and other developing countries, face-to-face interviews were used.
Pope Francis, the newest rock star, was recently on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (“Francis’ effect on Church hailed, but mag story hit,” News, 2/3/2014). The Pope’s personal and charismatic touch, simple lifestyle and inclusive attitude endear him to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
The new man in the Vatican continues to make noise, for the right reasons. Early this week Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals—the first batch of his papacy, with many of the appointees coming from the global south—Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Among them is Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo—a first from Mindanao.
By Juan L. Mercado
“Don’t consider this a promotion or waste money with celebratory parties.” That’s the counsel Pope Francis gave Cotabato’s Archbishop Orlando Quevedo and 18 other prelates who will be elevated as cardinals on Feb. 21.
In November, when the Vatican released “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), the first official “apostolic exhortation” by Pope Francis, the document immediately caused a sensation. In it, the Argentine Pontiff who had immediately won the hearts of people everywhere with his simple ways and caring words confirmed in writing that the change in tone and temperament he was bringing to the Catholic Church was not for show. He meant business, and he had very specific ideas about the changes he wanted to see in the Church.
By Denis Murphy
Pope Francis, in his gripping pastoral letter “The Joy of the Gospel,” calls the Church to a new evangelization. Two of his challenges have special importance for the Philippines: his condemnation of “trickle down” or “growth without jobs” capitalism, and the importance he assigns to the poor in the life of the Church. The [...]
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
Yesterday those of us who went to Mass listened to the story of the start of a pilgrimage. We heard Isaiah inviting people to join in the pilgrimage. “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths; since the Law will go out from Zion, and the oracle of the Lord from Jerusalem.”