NCR Today: Pope Francis seems to have taken to phoning total strangers out of the blue. Here are tips for if he calls your house.
The Francis Chronicles
NCR Today: Pope Francis "has a heartfelt and meditative style, like one who is in contact with mystery, a style that we Jesuits are used to," the head of the order said.
The first months of any papacy are carefully scanned by many to see just what they say about how the new pope, who represents the world's some 1.2 billion Catholics, might change (or at least subtly alter) the direction of the church.
Pope Francis, of course, has already left many breadcrumbs for interpretation -- from feet washing to apparent reform of the so-called Vatican bank.
So the question is: Will we see Pope Francis riding a white bike around St. Peter's Square anytime soon?
What do you think?
On the outside chance some NCR readers might have missed some of Pope Francis' tweets, I've gathered some of them here. These nuggets of spiritual wisdom date back to mid-May:
We cannot live as Christians separate from the rock who is Christ. He gives us strength and stability, but also joy and serenity.
A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.
Let’s learn to lose our lives for Christ, like a gift or a sacrifice. With Christ we lose nothing!
John L. Allen Jr.: Pope Francis tends to speak off the cuff, giving highly personal reflections that are open to different interpretations.
Pope Francis has possibly de-emphasized a number of the formal titles normally taken by the leader of the Roman Catholic church, choosing instead to list himself first by the basic title "Bishop of Rome" in the Vatican's annual directory.
The directory, known as the Annuario Pontificio, lists the Vatican's official information regarding church leaders and dioceses throughout the world. Release of the 2013 edition was delayed following Pope Benedict XVI's resignation in February and Francis' election in March.
During his homily Tuesday at daily Mass, Pope Francis emphasized that those who wish to follow Jesus should do so from inside the church.
After meditating on the persecution of early Christian communities by Roman authorities, the pope also mentioned those communities' missionary activities.
One of Rome’s best known members of the Society of Jesus, and certainly one of the most wired in terms of Vatican contacts, said yesterday that for those with eyes to see, Francis cannot help but seem a “profoundly Jesuit” pope.
Jesuit Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a distinguished canon lawyer and former rector of the Jesuit-run Gregorian University, spoke April 19 as part of a panel discussing Francis’ papacy at the one-month mark. The event was sponsored by the “Alberto Hurtado Center for Faith and Culture” at the Gregorian.
John Allen in Argentina: Go to the slums of Buenos Aires, and there's a very good chance you'll meet someone who has met Jorge Mario Bergoglio personally.