Posts Tagged ‘Conclave’

The Fifth Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Today is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph and it is also the fifth anniversary of the Mass for the Inauguration of Pope Francis.  When Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected and “Habemus Papam! (We have a Pope!)” was proclaimed five years ago, most people wondered who this man was.  But the excitement felt there in Saint […] [Read more]

You Voted for the Pope with This?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The December issue of Esquire magazine includes a short account from me regarding the election of Pope Francis as part of its “Oral History of 2013” feature article. Here is an excerpt: What struck me most was when we went into the Sistine Chapel. You hear that metal latch shut – all of a sudden […] [Read more]

Pope Francis and His Patron Saint

Friday, October 4th, 2013

In Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet asks, “What’s in a name?” For Pope Francis, his name tells us much about the heart of this man and his papacy. In a special audience on March 16 with 5,000 journalists from around the world, who had covered his election to the papacy three days earlier, […] [Read more]

Theology on Tap – Meeting Young Adults Where They Are on Their Journey of Faith

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

In addition to some of the usual engagements one might expect to find on the calendar of the Archbishop of Washington – Confirmations of youth at parishes across the archdiocese, baccalaureate Masses and commencement addresses – there’s one event on my schedule that stands out from the norm: a talk on May 7 for Theology […] [Read more]

Prayer and Continuity in the Eternal City

Monday, February 25th, 2013

As you may know, I have traveled to Rome to meet with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in the final days of his pontificate, and then to prepare for the upcoming conclave to elect the next successor of Peter. During this time, you will certainly continue to be in my thoughts and my prayers, […] [Read more]