Roman Catholic Church http://wfpl.org en Louisville's Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Francis Brings 'Enthusiasm' for Catholics http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-archbishop-joseph-kurtz-pope-francis-brings-enthusiasm-catholics <p>The election of a pope from South America is recognition of where the Roman Catholic Church has strength, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville's Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said on Wednesday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And Kurtz said he's hopeful <a href="/post/argentine-cardinal-jorge-bergoglio-selected-pope">Argentina's&nbsp;</a></span><a href="/post/argentine-cardinal-jorge-bergoglio-selected-pope"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jorge Mario </span>Bergoglio</a>—now Pope Francis—will bring enthusiasm to Catholics worldwide, including in Louisville.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:54:24 +0000 Joseph Lord 4476 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Francis Brings 'Enthusiasm' for Catholics Who Is Pope Francis? http://wfpl.org/post/who-pope-francis The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.<p>Bergoglio has chosen the papal name Francis, becoming the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.<p><a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301150.htm">Catholic News Service</a> calls him an accomplished theologian and says Bergoglio has "written books on spirituality and meditation and has been outspoken against abortion and sa Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:12:50 +0000 Scott Neuman 4475 at http://wfpl.org Who Is Pope Francis? Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis' http://wfpl.org/post/argentine-cardinal-jorge-bergoglio-selected-pope The world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics have a new spiritual leader, and for the first time it is someone from the Americas.<p>As afternoon turned to evening in Vatican City on Wednesday, a little after 7 p.m. local time, white smoke rose from a chimney above the Sistine Chapel and bells rang through St. Peter's Square — the traditional signals that the church's cardinals have chosen a new pope.<p>A little more than an hour later, his identity was announced: 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:13:56 +0000 Mark Memmott 4471 at http://wfpl.org Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is The New Pope; He Will Be 'Francis' No Pope Yet: Black Smoke Rises After Morning Votes On Day 2 Of Conclave http://wfpl.org/post/no-pope-yet-black-smoke-rises-after-morning-votes-day-2-conclave <strong>Update at 6:41 a.m. ET. The Smoke Is Black:</strong><p>Smoke just started pouring from a special chimney above the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City — and its dark color means the 115 cardinals meeting inside the chapel have not yet agreed on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.<p>If all has gone as planned inside the chapel, where the cardinals are meeting in secret, they have now cast three ballots and no one name has been written on at last two-thirds of the slips of paper. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:50:05 +0000 Mark Memmott 4459 at http://wfpl.org No Pope Yet: Black Smoke Rises After Morning Votes On Day 2 Of Conclave As Conclave Begins, Louisville's Catholics Struggle With 'Waning' Numbers http://wfpl.org/post/conclave-begins-louisvilles-catholics-struggle-waning-numbers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's rare when a decision made thousands of miles—across the Atlantic Ocean—has an affect on the lives of </span>Louisvillians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but the Conclave in Vatican City is just that.</span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 4436 at http://wfpl.org As Conclave Begins, Louisville's Catholics Struggle With 'Waning' Numbers