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The First Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Election of Pope Francis: A Year of Surprises

As the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis approaches on March 13, many are reflecting on what his election has meant to Catholics, to  the Church and  to the world. The New England Province of Jesuits has curated a list of content and links to other resources of musings about the past 12 months.  If you know of additional resources to include here, please email us at

Jesuits at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; photo CNN

CNN Living – Francis Effect

Journalist Daniel Burke, asked around — in Boston and beyond, Catholics and atheists alike – and found people eager to share how one man, in just one year, has changed their lives. Read how four Jesuits studying at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry sum up Pope Francis in one word in How to really measure the ‘Francis effect’ on cnn living.


The Jesuit Post, a team of young Jesuits  in formation, is working is working to engage more directly in online dialogue on Patheos.  Read their blog, “Well Worth Reading: CNN’s Belief Blog on Finding the “Francis Effect.

Pope Francis’ First Year

Watch a video. Fr. Bruce  Morrill, SJ,  Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University, offers his perspective on Pope Francis’ first year during a Divinity School breakfast on Feb. 11.

Pope Francis Factor

At the national headquarters of the Society of Jesus in Washington, D.C., Jesuits recall Fr. General and Pope Francishearing the news about the election of  Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Vicar of Christ and how Pope Francis’ simple style and focus on the poor have captured the world’s attention, and the “Pope Francis factor” has proven to be an extremely welcome and unexpected gift to the Jesuits.

Pope Francis Groundbreaking Year

America magazine’s March 17 issue is titled,   Pope Francis’ Groundbreaking First Year. Read Francis: Far More than Show by Fr. Drew Christiansen, SJ

Fr. James Martin, SJ, looks at the pope’s Jesuit identity in the video, Pope Francis: Still A Jesuit

Faith and Justice: Francis Effect

“Pope Francis is the most talked about person in the world. He has been on the cover of almost every magazine, he makes the news almost every week, and he is a Twitter and Facebook sensation. He drew huge crowds in Rio de Janeiro and continues to draw large crowds in Rome. But what impact is he actually having on the life of the church?” Read more from Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, senior analyst for NCR 

To understand Pope Francis, look to the Jesuits

In, David Gibson writes, “ANALYSIS: To understand Pope Francis, look to the Jesuits”

Points of Praise for Pope Francis

John L. Allen Jr., associate editor at the Boston Globe, specialized in coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church, looks back over the past year in his article,  “ Many points of praise for pope’s first year.”


College of the Holy Cross Faculty Offer Perspectives on Pope Francis

“Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first Latin American pope, continues to delight and surprise Catholics and many others around the globe,” says Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ, professor of history. Read more

Francis Factor

Fr. Brian Linnane, SJ, Loyola University Maryland president, reflects on the Pope Francis factor  in the Catholic Review

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