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A Humble, Humorous, Prayerful Pope’s First Day on the Job

Though Pope Francis chose his name because of the beloved and humble St. Francis of Assisi, he’s already got something in common with another Francis: namely, Francis Albert Sinatra, who famously sang the song, “My Way.” As John Thavis reports, the new Pope is already doing things “his way” in the best sense of the [Read More...]

Papal First Impressions and a Prayer

Like most of the world, I was watching and waiting for the new Pope to emerge once the white smoke appeared. When Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina was announced, I can’t say he was someone I was familiar with since I didn’t follow the papabile that closely. But what little they shared about the man on [Read More...]

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence’s Friend with Down Syndrome Gets His Own Moment in the Spotlight

The other day I posted some excerpts from a story in New York’s Daily News about Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence’s longtime friendship with Andy Strunk, a young man with Down Syndrome that she met in church many years ago. Now the local TV station in Louisville, Kentucky – WAVE3 – has given Andy his own [Read More...]

Heroes, Spies, Nazis and the Pope: A True Story That Reads Like a Spy Novel

COVER OF BOOK 'THE POPE'S JEWS'

“A false prophet of Lucifer.” That’s how Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli – later to become Pope Pius XII – described Adolf Hitler in a 1935 open letter to the bishop of Cologne, Germany. In fact, Pacelli condemned the Nazis and anti-Semitism in 40 of 44 speeches he gave while serving as Cardinal Secretary of State of [Read More...]


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