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Posts Tagged ‘pope’



The Pope’s Coronation

In 1978, the Catholic Church — and, for that matter, the world — experienced something that had not occurred since 1605: a year of three popes.   This was the result of the death of Pope John Paul I only 33 days after he had been elected to succeed Pope Paul ...
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The Pope’s New Name

When Cardinal Albino Luciani was elected to succeed Pope Paul VI in 1978, the television network I was watching jumped the gun and flashed this name on the bottom of the screen: John XXIV.   The network had just broadcast live the announcement by the dean of the College of Cardinals, ...
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In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election of 1884, one of the names being bandied about as a Republican candidate was that of former army Gen. William T. Sherman.   Sherman famously dismissed this talk by saying, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.’’   When enough votes ...
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The Pope’s Coins

Among the details that fall into place when the reign of a pope comes to an end are the issuance of new Vatican postage stamps and coins.   These stamps and coins, instead of bearing the likeness of the reigning pope, bear the coat of arms of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the ...
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Prayer During the Election of a New Pope

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offers this prayer for use by Catholics as the Church selects a new pope.             O God, eternal shepherd, who governs your flock with unfailing care, grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful ...
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