Pope Francis: Don't give in to pessimism, courageously share Gospel

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Never give in to the devil's pessimism, discouragement and bitterness, Pope Francis said; Christians need to share the Gospel message with joy and courage because it will truly answer people's deepest needs.

Young people also need the wisdom and knowledge of older people, whose insight is like "fine wine that gets better with age," he told the College of Cardinals March 15.

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Mass to celebrate Pope Francis draws priests, professionals and students from around the Archdiocese

By Brianna Joyce

At 12:00 pm today, March 14, at Our Lady’s Cathedral, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley celebrated a Mass in thanksgiving for the election of Pope Francis. Students from Bishop John Carroll School sat in the front rows, joined by more than 300 people from around the Archdiocese.  Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran, Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen of St. Gregory’s and a dozen other priests concelebrated the Mass.

“What’s in a name?” Archbishop Coakley asked, speculating on the reasons for Cardinal Bergoglio’s choice. Citing the significant name changes of Abraham, Simon Peter, and young people making their Confirmation, the Archbishop reflected on St. Francis of Assisi.

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U.S. cardinals: Pope Francis is ideal choice for modern times

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two U.S. cardinals described Pope Francis as an ideal choice to lead the church in the modern world.

"He is the perfect choice for this moment in the church," said Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl March 14.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told reporters March 13 that the pope met all of the cardinals' qualifications.

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Oklahoma Catholics to celebrate election of Pope Francis with Mass

At 1:06 p.m. CST yesterday, March 13, 2013, in Vatican City, white smoke rose from the smokestack of the Sistine Chapel, signifying the election of Pope Francis, formerly Jorge Maria Cardinal Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The bells of St. Peter’s Basilica tolled to confirm the selection. At noon today, March 14, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will gather at Our Lady’s Cathedral to celebrate Mass in gratitude for this good news.

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Archbishop Coakley on new pope: “This is a moment of great joy”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 13, 2013) – At 1:06 p.m. CST today in Vatican City, white smoke rose from the smokestack of the Sistine Chapel, signifying the election of the next pope. Shortly thereafter, from the loggia over St. Peter’s Square, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran – the senior cardinal deacon -- pronounced “Habemus papam!” (“We have a pope!”) and introduced the former Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as Pope Francis. From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas in the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said this is a moment of great joy for Catholics in Oklahoma and around the world.

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Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis I

Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, 76, was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis I.

The election March 13 came on the second day of voting, on the fifth ballot. It was a surprisingly quick conclusion to a conclave that began with many plausible candidates and no clear favorite.

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More black smoke on morning of conclave's first full day

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- More black smoke poured from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at 11:40 a.m. March 13, which seemed to indicate the 115 cardinal electors failed to elect a pope on their second and third ballots.

The cardinals had voted once March 12 without electing a pope. According to the schedule published before the conclave, the cardinals were to take two votes in the morning of their first full day in the Sistine Chapel and return to their residence at 1 p.m. for lunch if the voting was unsuccessful.

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Whole church called to enter conclave in prayer, archbishop says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although there will only be 115 cardinals in the Sistine Chapel voting for a pope, the whole church joins them in prayer and expectation, said the archbishop who spearheaded the design of the conclave rites and prayers.

Archbishop Piero Marini, currently president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, was master of ceremonies for Blessed John Paul II and coordinated the development of the prayers and Masses that will guide the cardinals entering the conclave March 12.

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Birth Choice of Oklahoma celebrates 40 years with vibrant fundraiser

By Rex Hogan
Exclusively for SoonerCatholic.com

OKLAHOMA CITY-  In his opening prayer, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley asked God to continue blessing Birth Choice of Oklahoma, Inc., where “for the past 40 years, they have been helping people to choose life under difficult circumstances.”

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Green Tie Gala spotlights Catholic Charities service to the homeless

OKLAHOMA CITY -- At the March 8 Green Tie Gala, Catholic Charities executive director Patrick Raglow took the stage in the ballroom of the Skirvin Hilton before an at-capacity crowd of nearly 400 people to introduce 2013 Ambassador Chris Reen.

"We are here tonight for two reasons," Raglow said. "First, to honor a great Oklahoman for his role and example in service to this great community of ours and, second, to bring attention to the service to women, women with children, and families facing homelessness who were served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City."

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