Why doesn’t the pope sing? Here’s an answer.

From CNS:  Previously, [Vatican spokesman] Father [Federico] Lombardi dispelled rumors that the 76-year-old pope’s singing capacity or current state of health was impaired by an operation he had when he was 21 in which the upper half of his right lung was removed after cysts caused a severe lung infection. More recently, Father Lombardi said [Read More...]

Easter 2013

And how did you spend your weekend? Happy Easter!  He is risen!  Alleluia! Photos by Rosalind Chan-Ganzhi [Read more...]

The Triduum champs

From my parish tonight: the altar servers pictured below took part in every single liturgy of the Triduum, from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper Thursday night to the Easter Vigil Saturday. Five liturgies in three days.  Kudos to one and all, especially the ringleader, David James (the proud fellow on the left, beaming). I’m [Read More...]

Lovely video: Holy Saturday at the seminary

Here we have a brief but beautiful glimpse at a service this morning at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York —the facility that forms priests for three dioceses: the Archdiocese of New York, Brooklyn, and Rockville Centre. While the rest of us were practicing with altar servers, rehearsing RCIA rites, sweeping the floor of [Read More...]

Vatican defends foot-washing by Pope Francis—UPDATED

Details from AP: The Vatican on Friday (March 29) dismissed criticism of Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of two women during a Maundy Thursday Mass at a Rome youth prison. The move has come under fire from Catholic traditionalists who say that the rite is a re-enactment of Jesus washing the feet of [Read More...]

Pope Francis at the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper: “Washing your feet means I am at your service”

From Vatican Radio:  The Washing of the Feet, or Mandatum, is an integral part of the Holy Thursday liturgy, the Missa in Coena Domini, or Mass of Our Lord’s Supper, which opens the Easter Triduum The Washing of the Feet is a sign of service. Or as Pope Francis told about 40 young detainees gathered [Read More...]

Pope’s Holy Thursday Mass: simple, diverse, closed to the media

From the Vatican:  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper that Pope Francis will celebrate on Holy Thursday in the chapel of the Casal del Marmo Penitential Institute for Minors (IPM) will be, by his express desire, very simple, as reported by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. Concelebrating with [Read More...]

Two popes, two Palm Sundays—UPDATED

An interesting study in contrasts. UPDATE: A reader asks: “Where are Francis’ deacons?” I found this shot below. The reader wondered about why deacons shown above with Benedict were wearing mitres. I suspect they are cardinals (or bishops) serving as deacons for the liturgy.  However, the deacon proclaiming the gospel below is most likely a [Read More...]

Vestment alert: Bergoglio in fiddleback

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Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at juvenile prison—UPDATED

Our surprising new pope continues to surprise. From Vatican Radio:  It was announced by the Holy See Press Office on Thursday that Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the juvenile prison ‘Casal del Marmo’ in Rome, the same facility visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The Mass [Read More...]


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