Blog Posts for "Pope Francis"

Pope Francis Puts Franciscans on the Spot

I've been on retreat this week. It was one of the best I've had for several years. I'm grateful for the time, friendship, hospitality and solitude offered by our Interprovincial Novitiate in Santa Ynez, California for this opportunity. The Midwest Capuchins' own Bro. Joachim Strupp lives there in retirement. He's a quiet man, not known for instigating controversy. So, I was surprised to hear several novices over meals recount some of his one-liners offered during homilies. Joachim's pithy phrases got them thinking. I heard one myself on the last day of my retreat. I don't remember much else about the...

From a Capuchin Pope to Pope Francis

In the days leading up to the papal conclave, many media outlets were running stories about Cardinal Sean O'Malley's chances of becoming pope. One headline read, "A Capuchin Pope?" besides the national pride such an election might give to Americans, the press pointed out Cardinal Sean's popularity among common Italian people. Some of the intrigue flowed out of Cardinal Sean's custom of wearing his Capuchin habit with a pectoral cross. Sean is different, and the difference is symbolized by his wearing of the habit. It speaks of poverty, simplicity, down-to-earthness, humility, and approachability. Arguably, this effect was even stronger among...

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