A Franciscan Jesuit?
Mathew Schmalz, in the WaPo of all places, reminds us that "Jesuit and Franciscan spiritualities converge on the person of Jesus Christ" — A Franciscan Jesuit for pope. Suggesting that "Pope Francis will bring a Jesuit intellectualism into the papacy [and] by choosing the name Francis, he is also affirming the power of humility and simplicity," the author contends, "Pope Francis, the Argentine Jesuit, is not simply attesting to the complementarity of the Ignatian and Franciscan paths. He is pointing to how the mind and heart meet in the love of Jesus Christ."
Some humor along these lines — Jesuit Jokes. My favorite: "A man walked up to a Franciscan and a Jesuit and asked, 'How many novenas would I have to do in order to get a Maserati?' The Franciscan asked, 'What's a Maserati?' The Jesuit asked, 'What's a novena?'"
Some local coverage — Many hopes pinned on papal selection. "I'm hopeful that because he is a Jesuit, it will be very helpful for him not to be caught up in the trappings of the big office," said one local priest. "It'll keep him close to the earth and close to people, and that's going to be a great asset.
Insider Sandro Magister with some background — The First Pope Named Francis — and the first homily — "When we walk without the cross…"
Finally, the The LRC Blog's Ryan W. McMaken notes that not all will be happy — New Pope Likely to Disappoint the War Party. "The new Pope, Francis, may shape up to be a Neocon nightmare."