Wednesday, March 13, 2013
St. Peter's Associate Pastor happy to see the new Pope take the name "Francis"
Seeing the new Pope choose the name "Francis" is a joy, says The Rev. Paul Varga, associate pastor at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Point Pleasant Beach. "Seeing him choose the name 'Francis' gives me great joy because I'm Franciscan," Varga said on Wednesday afternoon shortly after it was announced that The Rev. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, an Argentine cardinal, was elected as the next Pope and will take the name "Francis." The new Pope's father was an Italian immigrant, hence the Italian last name, Varga said. Pope Francis "is known as a simple man dedicated to the poor and the suffering," said Varga. "He retired as a bishop due to his age, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for him being elected to the Papacy." "What does the …
Catholics and non-Catholics alike, we want your opinion
White smoke has risen from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signifying that two-thirds, or 77 of the 115 Cardinals eligible to vote, have agreed on the man to succeed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The Cardinals have elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to lead the Catholic Church. To see a complete story, click here. Bergoglio, who has chosen the name Francis I, is the first Pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit in Papal history and was the runner up behind Benedict in the last Papal Conclave. A tweet from the Diocese of Trenton says: "Pope Francis! Jesuit from Argentina...first Jesuit Pope and first Pope from the Americas!" What do you think of the Cardinals' decision? Tell Us: Which Cardinal would you have …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Papal conclave meetings to begin Tuesday afternoon.
With the Vatican set to begin the process of electing a new Pope Tuesday, millions of eyes will be looking for white smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel, signifying that two-thirds, or 77 of the 115 Cardinals eligible to vote, have agreed on the man to succeed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The election of a new Pope attracts attention from Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Will you be one of them? Local reaction to Pope's resignation announcement:
Monday, February 11, 2013
But this also shows how much the Pope loves the church, St. Martha's pastor says
The pastor of St. Martha's Church Roman Catholic Church, in Point Borough, says he was shocked and saddened to hear the early Monday morning news that Pope Benedict is resigning after serving in the position for less than eight years. "It was a shock to me, but this shows how he loves the church," said the Rev. Roman Nilo Apura, who has been pastor of the church on Herbertsville Road since July. "I'm sad, I thought he was going to stay longer," Apura said. "But I'm grateful for the eight years that he was our leader." He said the resignation shows the Pope loves the church enough to step down since he feels the combination of his failing health and age are leaving him without enough strength to fulfill his ministry. "He was a shepherd and …