The interest in the new pope has been fueled by his obvious humility, his informality, his reaching out to the poor and his penchant for stripping down the layers of Renaissance garb that often engulfed his predecessors. He is a simple man with simple tastes.
His simplicity and humility are classic attributes to which all members of his religious order, the Jesuits, aspire, but it is not a Jesuit attribute to rise in the ranks of Catholicism to bishop or cardinal -- much less pope. However, there is a wisdom to the choice that is rooted in the Jesuit tradition.
When Pope Francis entered the Jesuit Order, he chose a lifestyle, an intellectual history, a spirituality that formed his world view. He chose a religious order that was not another expression of a silent monastic life but one that encouraged its members to dialogue with the world. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuits in 1534, wanted us to live and work wherever there was need.
Prayer was to be a large part of Jesuits' lives, but it would grow out of their involvement with the poor, the uneducated, the dispossessed. They were to be "contemplatives in action."
That has been Francis' history. It has been imprinted on his heart. So when Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop in 1992, that Jesuit commitment never wavered. He was ordained a bishop, but he remained a Jesuit. Though now a pope, he remains a Jesuit. The Jesuit seal is on his papal coat of


arms.However, since he is the ultimate Superior and cannot be limited by other obligations, he cannot retain the rights and duties of being a Jesuit: He cannot attend formal gatherings of Jesuits that review rules and lifestyle. He cannot take part in ordinary governance.
Is Francis still bound by the vows that all Jesuits take — poverty, chastity and obedience? Ladislas Orsy, S.J, a canon lawyer who teaches at the Georgetown School of Law, says: "Religious vows are made to God, so his vow of poverty holds but he is the only judge of how to observe it in his circumstances. His vow of obedience, however, loses its meaning because he has no Superior to obey." And, of course, his vow of chastity still holds.
So the legal bond between him and the society has been broken; however, the spiritual bond, the brotherhood, the ideals by which he and other Jesuits have been formed -- all these remain.
Much has been made of the fact that Francis is the first Jesuit pope. Why hasn't this happened before?
After a long formation, Francis, like other Jesuits, made what we call Final Profession, which includes several promises. One of them, unique to men's religious orders, is never to seek the office of bishop, and never to accept it unless the pope expressly wishes it. Ignatius enjoined that promise on us because he wanted us available, ready to take up our cloaks and go wherever we are sent. A bishop cannot in that way be available.
Further, Ignatius wanted to keep his Jesuits out of the Renaissance caldron of ambition, an ambition that entertains us (Showtime's "The Borgias") but was always a scandal.
So the possibility of a Jesuit pope has been minimal.
If Pope Francis' decision to hold the Holy Thursday liturgy in a jail for juvenile offenders is any indication of his future work, it is clear he will be a bishop of compassion, a shepherd eager to care for his flock.
For this Argentinian Jesuit, his work will not be delegated; it will be borne with love.
William Rewak, S.J., is chancellor and former president of Santa Clara University. He wrote this for this newspaper.

Pope Francis: A Jesuit self in the world

By J. Michelle Molina,April 02, 2013
  • An undated handout photo released on 14 March 2013 by Ediciones B editorial from the book 'The Jesuit: history of Francis, the Argentinian Pope" by Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti shows Jorge Mario Bergoglio (C) speaking with a passanger during a travel in metro in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
An undated handout photo released on 14 March 2013 by Ediciones B editorial… (EDICIONES B / HANDOUT/EPA )
In the scramble to read the signs of how a little-known Argentine Jesuit might change the papacy, the pundits have paid scant attention to the unique spiritual practices that are the core of every Jesuit’s formation. No matter how we stake our political or religious claims, any effort to understand the man ought to include a sense of the Spiritual Exercises, a Jesuit meditative program of spiritual renewal that connects self-reform to transformative action in the world. These meditations offer a framework with which to interpret Francis’s actions because they have provided the key metaphors with which the Jesuit Bergoglio has sought not only to know himself, but also to engage the world.
When James Martin, S.J., mused about the selection of one of “ours” to the papacy, he wrote: “Since his election . . . I have heard at least a dozen Jesuits say, ‘Well, I don’t know much about him, but I know he made the Exercises.’” Bergoglio has made the full 30-day version of the Spiritual Exercises at least twice and has repeated the shorter, eight-day version every year since he entered the Society of Jesus in 1958.

Pope Francis: Jesuit to the Rescue

If you have a tough job to do, hire a Jesuit.
Is that what the College of Cardinals were thinking when they selected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the next pope? Probably not, but they might have. Bergoglio, who will go by the name Francis I, is the first Jesuit to be selected as Pontiff.
Good move. As one who was educated by the Jesuits – high school and university (Georgetown) – I am partial to this decision. Right now the Catholic Church is reeling from a multitude of destructive forces (mainly of its own doing), and so right now it needs two things desperately: management and leadership. Jesuits, by tradition, are schooled in both so Pope Francis will be up to the job.
Managers know how to get the trains to run on time; leaders know how to get people to want to ride those trains. Jesuits priests true to their heritage of their founder, Ignatius Loyola who was an officer in the Spanish army prior to founding his order know how to leverage authority by bringing people together for common purpose. Jesuits know how to tap into the powers that be for financial and political support for their endeavors but use that access to money and power to serve the needs of the poor, the disadvantaged, and the world at large.
Jesuits, unlike other priestly orders, are not simply members of the order. They are first and foremost teachers. They founded many of the free universities of Europe centuries ago mainly as a means of creating educated men for Jesuits. Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit turned investment banker notes four attributes of Jesuit leadership in his authoritative book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450 Company that Changed the World. Each is applicable to the here and now.

Self-awareness. A leader must know his capabilities. That means he also knows his limitations. A leader steeped in self-knowledge surrounds himself with people who complement his abilities and compensates for his strengths.Ingenuity. Good leaders are curious; they also look beyond the ordinary to see what is possible, rather than what is impossible. They like challenges and embrace them.
Love. Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, himself Jesuit educated, used to opine about how his players needed to love one another. What he meant by that was you have to care about others. When you do, you want to do your best for them… as well as yourself.
Heroism. Think big. Make things happen. Great leaders are driven by a higher purpose. In the case of Jesuits, it is service to God as well as to man. But, as I was taught, you can only appreciate God if you work for and with men. That is, you need to make things happen. Jesuits are entrepreneurial; they refuse to accept the first no and instead strive to make a positive difference.
All of these Pope Francis will need to bring to bear on a Catholic Church that is resistant to change but one that must certainly adapt (and rather radically) if it is going to continue to attract well-intentioned men and women who adhere to its faith but also are willing to devote themselves to its perpetuation.
Pope Francis is also starting out on the right foot with the selection of his name – Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, a nobleman turned pilgrim priest. The name, as CNN Vatican observer John Allen noted, connotes “poverty, humility, simplicity and rebuilding the Catholic Church.” In other words, as Allen affirms, no more “business as usual.”
In this regard the Jesuits can excel. They were, and to a degree still are, a missionary order. But unlike some that sought to save souls for Christ, the Jesuits, as we know from Lowney and other historians, sought to make the world a better place for people now. Not only did they baptize into the faith, Jesuits educated people, took care of the sick, managed businesses, and performed a myriad of other tasks required to keep a faith-centered enterprise running.
Pope Francis has a big task ahead of him, but if he is anything like the Jesuits who taught me, he will do a great job of it.
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Israeli President Pressures Pope Francis in Vatican Visit

• Peres wants the world to think Israeli leadership is interested in peace
By Pete Papaherakles
Pope Francis met with Israeli president and ex-terrorist Shimon Peres at the Vatican on April 29. Peres was one of the first state leaders to meet with the newly installed pontiff since he was elected pope on March 13, 2013.
The two men spoke on various issues. In a communiqué from the Holy See, both men expressed their hope for a “speedy resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”
“You have an important role in progressing peace and the belief in it. I turn to you and ask that within your sermons in front ofmillions of believers in the world you include the hope for peace in the Middle East and the whole world,” Peres said in a statement following the meeting.
The Israeli president and Pope Francis expressed concern and worry for the current situation in Syria.
During the meeting, the pope made clear that “anti-Semitism” goes against Christianity and must be opposed in every country. Francis suggested a global meeting with the heads of all the world’s faiths, hopefully to come out against violence and terror.
Peres asked Francis “to pray for all of us” and told the pope that he would pray for him during a trip on Wednesday to the central Italian city of Assisi, where he will visit the tomb of St. Francis.
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Peres also invited the pope to visit Israel, and the pope said he would try to find a time to do so in the near future.
The meeting concluded with both noting the progress that has been made regarding relations between the Holy See and the state of Israel.
Peres has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and his meeting with the pope is hyped by the media as a big step toward peace in the Mideast. Yet a closer look at Peres reveals a much different story.
For starters, Peres is not his real name. He was born in 1923 as Szymon Perski in Poland. He moved to Palestine in 1934 and joined Haganah, a Jewish terrorist group involved in clearing native Arabs out of Palestine, becoming chief of arms purchases. He is the architect of Israel’s nuclear program, estimated to have over 400 illegal nuclear bombs by now.
As Israel’s prime minister in 1996 he was responsible for “Operation Grapes of Wrath” causing 400K Lebanese to flee their homes, with almost 800 of them trekking to a UN base in Qana, south Lebanon. On April 18, 1996, the Israeli army shelled the UN shelter in Qana, killing 102 civilians, mainly women, children and the elderly. Many more were injured. Peres said everything went as planned and was “at peace” with the massacre.
Peres also supports the genocidal siege on Gaza, the illegal settlements and the elaborate system of checkpoints all across the West Bank. He defends the demolition of Palestinian homes, and he justified the atrocities committed by the Israeli army in its 2006 war on Lebanon and in Operation Cast Lead in 2008. He also claims that Israel has the right to the Golan Heights because it was gained during war.
The pope can pray for peace all he wants, but with the mentality and track record of people like Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peace in the Mideast is not in the cards.

Peter Papaherakles, a U.S. citizen since 1986, was born in Greece. He is AFP’s outreach director. If you would like to see AFP speakers at your rally, contact Pete at 202-544-5977.Israeli president seeks Pope Francis' help on stalled peace talks - (Peres)
UPI ^ | April 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM | UPI

Posted on 01 May 2013 05:28:36 by haffast
ROME, April 30 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis in the Vatican Tuesday, inviting him to Israel and seeking help restarting the Palestinian peace process.

Peres told Francis he has a unique and potentially very helpful role in restarting the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.
"The citizens of Israel see in you a leader of peace and good will," Peres said. "The sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief in peace."
The Catholic News Agency reported Francis was pleased to hear of a renewed commitment toward peace in the troubled region home to some of the holiest sites in Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

The Vatican released a statement saying "a speedy resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is hoped for."

"So that," it added, "with the courageous decisions and availability of both sides as well as support from the international community, an agreement may be reached that respects the legitimate aspirations of the two peoples, thus decisively contributing to the peace and stability of the region."

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"A speedy resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians is hoped for, so that, with the courageous decisions and availability of both sides as well as support from the international community, an agreement may be reached that respects the legitimate aspirations of the two Peoples, thus decisively contributing to the peace and stability of the region. Reference to the important issue of the City of Jerusalem was not overlooked."

Pope accepts Peres' invitation to Israel
By Philip Pullella | Reuters 4-30-2013

"They also agreed on the need for a political solution to the civil war in neighboring Syria."
1 posted on 01 May 2013 05:28:37 by haffast

To: haffast
Just a matter of time until ................
2 posted on 01 May 2013 05:33:35 by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)

To: F15Eagle
3 posted on 01 May 2013 05:34:19 by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)

To: haffast
4 posted on 01 May 2013 05:35:11 by MestaMachine

To: F15Eagle
Keep watching.... Did you catch this little development the other day?
Turkey becomes partner of China, Russia-led security bloc
Reuters ^ | 4-26-2013 | Dmitry Solovyov
5 posted on 01 May 2013 05:40:09 by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)

To: MestaMachine
Yep. Two "P's" in a pod....
6 posted on 01 May 2013 05:45:16 by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)

To: haffast
When will Peres be retiring?
7 posted on 01 May 2013 05:45:57 by faithhopecharity (()

To: F15Eagle
“Just a matter of time until ................”
..until the ‘man of peace’ enters the world stage...
8 posted on 01 May 2013 05:46:08 by Pelham (Without Deportation you have De Facto Amnesty.)

To: Pelham; haffast; MrB; 444Flyer; TaraP; metmom; RnMomof7; RaceBannon; GiovannaNicoletta
~~~...until the ‘man of peace’ enters the world stage...~~~

9 posted on 01 May 2013 05:58:35 by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)

To: haffast
Yeah I saw that. All along the road to Gog-Magog.
10 posted on 01 May 2013 05:59:26 by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)

To: haffast
I like the way Bibi is looking at Peres, as Peres gets dumber every year, apparently.
Unfortunately Bibi talks dividing Israel - a huge no-no to the God of Israel.
But .... it shall come to pass ... just as prophesied.
11 posted on 01 May 2013 06:00:55 by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)

To: faithhopecharity
Wikipedia says Peres serves a seven year term which begain July 15, 2007, and he cannot be re-elected.
12 posted on 01 May 2013 06:22:42 by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)

To: F15Eagle
He's under pressures from both inside and outside Israel. My first thought was Bibi was keeping an eye on those two nitwits trying to undermine him.
Don't know why, but this old song came to mind:

"Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you."
13 posted on 01 May 2013 06:40:35 by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)

To: haffast
One of the members of Stealer’s Wheel was Gerry Rafferty who performed ‘Baker Street’ - the song was played on a local pop station like 100 times a day it seemed.
14 posted on 01 May 2013 06:42:00 by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)

To: MestaMachine; haffast
This makes me SICK
The Pope always prays for peace.
Now Peres is involving him and he won’t say, “no.”
15 posted on 01 May 2013 07:22:44 by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)

To: haffast
Thanks! That is hopeful then.
16 posted on 01 May 2013 08:51:55 by faithhopecharity (()

To: F15Eagle
17 posted on 01 May 2013 10:50:05 by RaceBannon (Telling the truth about RINOS, PAULTARDS, Liberals and Muslims has become hate speech)

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19 posted on 02 May 2013 21:25:17 by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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Pope Francis condemns mafia for 'enslaving people'

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square. Photo: 26 May 2013 Pope Francis said he shared "the great pain" of mafia victims

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Pope Francis has condemned mafia groups for "exploiting and enslaving people", urging mobsters to repent.
Speaking after his weekly blessing in St Peter's Square in Rome, he said "we must pray to the Lord to make these mafiosi convert to God".
His comments came a day after the beatification of Don Giuseppe Puglisi, a Roman Catholic priest murdered by the mafia in Sicily in 1993.
The ceremony marked the penultimate step on the path to his sainthood.
Strong stand "I think of the great pain suffered by men, women and even children, exploited by so many mafias, who make them slaves, through prostitution, through many social pressures," Pope Francis said on Sunday.
"They cannot do this, they cannot make our brothers slaves," he said.
The pontiff also used his traditional Sunday appearance to pilgrims to hail Father Puglisi as a "martyr" and "an exemplary priest".
The beatification ceremony in Sicily's capital Palermo drew more than 50,000 people, although Pope Francis did not attend it.
By beatifying Father Puglisi, the Church is making a strong stand against mafia crime - which has been protected by a code of silence - the BBC's David Willey in Rome says.

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