- Feb 26, 2021
In Caravaggio’s painting of Matthew, the sinful tax collector being called by Jesus to “Follow me,” Pope Francis sees the same unexpected, grace-filled moment found in his own call to the priesthood.
Pope Francis finds himself under fire in his native Argentina for his role in commissioning a study that appeared to defend a prominent priest accused of sexual abuse.
Pope Francis has appointed his personal theologian and ghostwriter Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez to head the Argentinian Archdiocese of La Plata, the Holy See’s press office announced Saturday.
In most respects, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, a Salesian missionary in Thailand, is just like countless other Catholic missionary nuns and priests all over the world. The one difference is that Sivori is also second cousins with the boss — not of her order or the local diocese, but the entire Church, because she’s related to Pope Francis, and clearly shares a lot of the Bergoglio grit.
Though it’s not life-threatening and doesn’t impede the pontiff from fulfilling the duties of his office, sciatica, a nerve disorder that produces pain in the back and leg, has long hobbled Pope Francis. A new magazine report suggests that over the summer, Francis is receiving massages and injections twice a week to manage the condition.