What’s in a name? — The meaning behind the Pope’s choice of ‘Francis’

When Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced that newly elected pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio “takes for himself the name Francisco” Catholics around the world were not only surprised but delighted. His papal identity honors St. Francis Assisi — an iconic figure in Church history known as a servant to the poor and destitute, a lover of nature, and preacher who embraced all humanity including people of other faiths.

Qui sibi nomen imposuit Fransiscum. Who has chosen to call himself, Francis.

Qui sibi nomen imposuit Fransiscum. Who has chosen to call himself, Francis. These words announced from the Balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran made known the first decision of the new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Previously, Pope Francis was called Jorge Bergoglio. Why did he change his name?

Cursillo / 'A Little Course' to spark your faith life

As Catholics around the world begin the penitential season of Lent, the Year of Faith has come into full effect. Pope Benedict XVI has described the Year of Faith as a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei, 6) but what does that mean? How can the Faithful respond to this call?

Nine-year-old hero receives Humanitarian of the Year from the K of C and Catholic Daughers

Eighth grade recipients of the American Way Award listened attentively Feb. 9 inside the Nolan Catholic High School auditorium as speakers praised their exemplary attitude toward God and country, but the actions of a younger student are what captured their imaginations.

Noreen's Nourishment gives hope and comfort to many in Cook Children's Hospital

Noreen Fitzgerald was too young to learn Bible stories or recite prayers, but in the eyes of some St. Vincent de Paul parishioners, the baby girl who died at the age of 10 months, is a saint.