Tracking Francis

Following the March 2013 election of Pope Francis β€” the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit pope, the first non-European pope in over a millennium, and the first Francis β€”the world scrambled to understand the significance of this surprising choice to lead the world’s billion Catholics.

The following posts represent an effort to understand the significance of the new pope and his message as his pontificate unfolds in real time.

As a Country Rebuilds, Rosie Waits

The interviews for this piece were conducted while accompanying a delegation of leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States to survey the damage and humanitarian response the November 2013 typhoon, the most powerful storm ever recorded to make landfall, that devastated the island of Leyte in the Philippines.

The focus is on Generosa “Rosie,” Tolibas, a Filipino woman who is one of the four million people displaced by the storm.

Read the full post on the blog of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Generosa "Rosie" Tolibas

Photo: Don Clemmer

Balance and Babies

The production of this video project coincided with the news that my wife and I were expecting our first child. Suddenly faced with the realities of parenthood and the prospect of balancing so many facets of life, this project was my effort to explore those themes by talking to parents who know all about the quest for balance: yoga instructors.

Call Him ‘Pope-Emeritus’

The following piece originally ran on the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog on February 26, 2013, two days before the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI took effect.

The church and the world are still absorbing the shock of the announcement that on February 28th Pope Benedict XVI will become the first in modern history to resign from the papacy (the last two were Gregory XII in 1415 and St. Celestine V in 1294). In the wake of this bold decision, one fact shines through: only he could do this. [Read full article on WaPo blog…]