The Papacy for New Power


In an article for CBC News, the Associated Press describes the way in which Pope Francis’ papacy has shown itself to be reflective of modern leadership tendencies. Noting that the Church has often been self-centered and isolated from its followers, Francis calls for priests to “get out of their sacristies, get their shoes muddy, [and] get involved in the lives of their faithful”.

Pope Francis: The Change Maker

Born December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is the son of Italian immigrants. The greater part of his life has been dedicated to his faith, as he took his first vows as a Jesuit in 1960. After three years of studies, he began teaching literature and psychology in high school and theology at the San Miguel eminary. He became an ordained priest in 1969 and was named coadjutor archbishop in 1997. On March 13th, 2013, he was finally elected pope, and he retains this position to this day (Meko).

The Pope's Visit to Congress was a Message to Republicans

On Thursday September 24, 2015, Pope Francis traveled to the United States to deliver a historic speech. He delivered his speech to a joint meeting of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives. It was the first time the head of the Roman Catholic Church had the luxury of speaking to American politicians in congress. The pope did not hesitate to raise some important, yet sensitive issues regarding climate change. He urged Americans to re-think their approach to fossil fuel burning in order to limit the effects on the environment caused by humans.

The Pope Makes History


According to an article titled “Pope Benedict Makes First Appearance since Resignation News” written by Laura Smith-Spark and published by CNN on February 13, 2013, Pope Benedict makes history as the second Pope to step down.