- Nov 26, 2020
Yes, Pope Francis is a Jesuit to his core, from his spirituality to his leadership style, and that’s especially clear now as the Jesuits meet in Rome. Yet there’s a sense in which, despite that Jesuit background, this is nonetheless also a deeply “Franciscan” papacy.
Explaining the decision to welcome pets into Catholic Churches around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, one parish in Maine explained, “The love we give to a pet, and receive from a pet, can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator.”
For one New York area priest, Father Mychal Judge, the Twin Towers attack made him a martyr. For two others, the experience of ministering to the survivors and caring for the dead remains an indelible memory that forever changed their lives and priesthoods.
The Franciscan Action Network released a statement Thursday accusing the new CEO of the Trump campaign of “anti-Catholic” and “racist” undertones when he suggested Catholic leaders back immigration reform because “the church in this country is dying” and needs new members.