Francis. The first.

Sheila Liaugminas | 14 March 2014 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic Church, evangelization, media coverage, papacy, Pope Francis, popular culture

Pope Francis surprises

Sheila Liaugminas | 19 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Evangelical Catholicism, Gospel message, human dignity, papacy, Pope Francis, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
It hasn’t yet been a week since he was elected, but the man announced as Cardinal Bergoglio/Pope Francis who first appeared to the world on the loggia of St. Peter’s and stood stiff and straight and speechless for what seemed a long time took only a few minutes to throw the world off balance. In a good way.

‘Peter is not there’

Sheila Liaugminas | 05 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Chair of Peter, Interregnum, papacy, Pope Benedict XVI, Second Vatican Council, Vatican II
The official Latin term for the time between popes holding the office of the papacy is the Interregnum. There is no pope. Vatican operations go into near shutdown or at least restricted mode with key officials doing only essential duties, attending to the most critical things, while the college of cardinals carry the weight of the church and world on their shoulders. But there’s no word for the uneasiness countless Catholics feel around the world for this time of the sede vacante, the empty seat. As one renowned cardinal put it last time around, in 2005, ‘it’s frightening, Peter is not there.’

Moving forward: what name will the next Pope choose?

Michael Cook | 01 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, papacy
The odds on who will be elected are very long, but we have some good tips on what name he will choose.

Pope Benedict’s last audience

| 28 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: media bias, papacy, Pope Benedict final audience, Pope Benedict XVI
The world is watching. Hopefully, they’re watching, reading and listening to reputable sources on what the pope said at his last public address.

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