As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, this week’s issue is packed with content marking the moment.
This includes not only coverage of the recent consistory and elevation of new cardinals (Page 4), but a review of the pope’s first year and a look ahead at where the pontificate may be going. Both of the latter pieces are written by Matthew Bunson, author of “Pope Francis” (OSV, $16.95). Additional stories look at Pope Francis on peace, on eschatology and — of course — on his affinity for off-the-cuff interviews (Special Section, Pages 11-22).
In a personal essay (Page 23), Greg Erlandson, OSV president and publisher, reflects back on what it was like to be in St. Peter’s Square when Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked out onto the loggia for the first time. This includes a look back at Erlandson’s Twitter feed on the day of the pontiff’s election — a fun glimpse into the excitement of being “on the spot” on the big day.
With the remarkable pontificate of Pope Francis thus far, it’s undeniable that he has managed to affect all Catholics in one way or another. With that in mind, as we prepare to enter a second year with the “pope of surprises,” here’s a list of 10 indicators that the first year of Pope Francis’ pontificate has changed your life:
10. When the alarm goes off each morning, you immediately reach for your mobile device to find out what happened at the Vatican — because something always happens at the Vatican — in the middle of the night.
9. You have started using your hands while you speak.
8. You now think Ford Focuses are pretty cool.
7. You have stopped griping about dealing with carry-on luggage while flying. If Pope Francis can handle it (literally), so can you.
6. You seriously think twice before gossiping with your sister/co-worker/neighbor/friend.
5. You answer the phone even when you don’t recognize the number because, well, you just never know.
4. You have prayed at least one novena in the last year to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.
3. You check the Vatican news website every morning for a synopsis of Pope Francis’ daily homilies.
2. You’ve had at least one person with whom you have never before discussed religion approach you about the Catholic Church and let on that they think the pope is a pretty cool guy.
1. After your final meeting of the morning wraps up, you smile, wave and wish all your co-workers a good lunch.