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Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

| Cindy Wooden | March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission.

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At first Angelus, Pope Francis says God never tires of forgiving

At first Angelus, Pope Francis says God never tires of forgiving

| March 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Earlier that morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Church of St. Anne inside Vatican City, where his homily also treated the subject of divine mercy. He also sent his first official Tweet.

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Pope asks Argentines to donate to poor instead of traveling to Rome

Pope asks Argentines to donate to poor instead of traveling to Rome

| March 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

“Pope Francis did not forbid them to come,” said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, but he said he would prefer their continued prayers and acts of charity.

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Confessors called to help Catholics recognize God’s love

Confessors called to help Catholics recognize God’s love

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The sacrament of penance, or reconciliation, helps Catholics recognize “the truth about themselves: that they are beloved children of the Father, who is rich in mercy,” said Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro.

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St. Thomas hockey: Titles come in threes

St. Thomas hockey: Titles come in threes

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights celebrate their team’s 5-4 win over Hermantown in the Class A championship game March 9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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Pope Francis starts first day with Marian prayer, bill paying

Pope Francis starts first day with Marian prayer, bill paying

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

The new pope left the Domus Sanctae Marthae at 8 a.m. March 14 for a five-minute drive to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where he prayed before an icon of Mary and the child Jesus beloved by Romans.

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Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis

Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis

| March 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis.

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White smoke: Cardinals elect new pope on fifth ballot

White smoke: Cardinals elect new pope on fifth ballot

| Cindy Wooden | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

To the delighted surprise of many, clouds of white smoke poured from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel March 13, indicating a pope had been elected on the conclave’s fifth ballot.

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In pre-conclave homily, Cardinal calls for unity

In pre-conclave homily, Cardinal calls for unity

| Francis X. Rocca | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hours before the start of the conclave that is choosing the next pope, the dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated the papacy as a source of unity among Catholics and of evangelization and charitable service to the world.

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In digital age, Vatican sticking with smoke, bells to announce new pope

In digital age, Vatican sticking with smoke, bells to announce new pope

| Carol Glatz | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Though the Vatican has become increasingly savvy with more modern forms of communication, it’s still sticking with more primitive methods — swirling smoke and tolling bells — to announce whether a new pope has been elected.

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Cardinals enter conclave invoking aid of Holy Spirit, all the saints

Cardinals enter conclave invoking aid of Holy Spirit, all the saints

| Cindy Wooden | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Invoking the aid of the Holy Spirit and the holy men and women from all over the world recognized as saints, 115 cardinals processed slowly into the Sistine Chapel to begin the process to elect a pope.

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Black smoke: No new pope on first evening of conclave

Black smoke: No new pope on first evening of conclave

| Cindy Wooden | March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Despite the rain, thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square after dark March 12, the first evening of the conclave, to witness the black smoke that signaled the Catholic Church’s 115 cardinal electors had failed, as expected, to elect a pope on the first ballot.

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