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Famed Roman SJ calls Francis 'profoundly Jesuit' pope

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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.

Pope Francis on John XXIII: 'I see him with the eyes of my heart'

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Pope Francis has expressed an affinity for Pope John XXIII, calling the late pope's secretary on the phone Monday and saying "I see him with the eyes of my heart," according to the Vatican's semi-official newspaper.

Francis, according to a report Tuesday in L'Osservatore Romano, called John XXIII's former secretary at the late pope's summer home to personally thank the secretary for a letter he had sent to Francis suggesting an official celebration of the 50th anniversary this June of John's 1963 death.

Francis: Priests should 'have the smell' of their people

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Pope Francis urged the world’s Catholic priests Thursday to focus not on introspective prayers, but on walking among the common faithful so as to be “shepherds who have the smell of their sheep.”

“It is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord,” Francis said during his homily at the annual Holy Thursday morning chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis reportedly supports Romero sainthood

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Pope Francis, the first man from the Americas to be elected leader of the Catholic church, reportedly supports the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, a Salvadoran prelate whose killing in 1980 is widely regarded throughout Latin America as an act of martyrdom.

Francis, the London Catholic weekly The Tablet reported Monday, indicated his support for Romero's sainthood while speaking to the wife of the Salvadoran president during a meeting with Vatican ambassadors Friday.

Update on Pope Francis' ring

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As part of his inauguration to his papal ministry Tuesday, Pope Francis received a special signet ring, the seal of which is used to signify approval of special Vatican documents.

All popes wear a special ring, named the fisherman's ring after Peter's initial job as a fisherman. 

Initial reports on Francis' ring, a gold-plate silver band with a small face carrying a relief image of a bearded St. Peter holding the symbolic keys to heaven, were a bit confused.

Pope Francis uses recycled ring from era of Paul VI

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There is an update to this blog: Update on Pope Francis' ring.

As his formal signet, Pope Francis will be using a silver and gold ring previously owned by the private secretary of Pope Paul VI, the Vatican confirmed Monday afternoon.

All popes wear a special ring, named the fisherman's ring after Peter's initial job as a fisherman. 

Pope shocks Jesuits with unexpected phone call

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As the receptionist at Rome's headquarters of the Jesuit order was going about his business Friday, he got an unexpected phone call.

The man on the other end of the line said simply: "This is Pope Francis. May I speak to Fr. General?"

That's former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit himself and as of Wednesday night the bishop of Rome and global leader of the Roman Catholic church.

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