Kid in popemobile gets “top prize” at White House

View image | gettyimages.com Fron AP: A toddler dressed like the pope and pushed along in a popemobile got the top prize at President Barack Obama’s White House Halloween. Upon seeing the costume, Obama turned to the news media and declared “top prize.” Read more and see more pictures.  [Read more…]

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The pope will have the last word: Francis to write document following Synod

Details: The Vatican’s second most powerful figure said Wednesday that Pope Francis will pen a document following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops on the family, something that until now no Vatican official had confirmed. Speaking to the ANSA news agency, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said the pontiff will write an [Read More…]

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Cardinal Pell on Synod document: “People should read it, not what was spun to them”

View image | gettyimages.com From Aleteia:  The Synod on the Family may have concluded in the Vatican, but a “virtual synod” is now underway in the media. And one high-ranking cardinal is urging people not to believe the spin. On Sunday morning, prior to the noonday Angelus, Aleteia spoke with Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat [Read More…]

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Final Synod report urges “accompaniment”

  View image | gettyimages.com From CNS:  While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Times are changing and we Christians must change”

From this morning’s homily:  Taking his cue from the reading of St Paul’s letter to the Romans, Pope Francis’s homily reflected on the discernment that the Church needs to employ whilst looking at the signs of the times and doing what Christ wants. He noted how St Paul’s preaching stressed the freedom which has saved [Read More…]

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Who was behind those stories about the pope’s brain tumor?

The Italian media are wondering:  Conspiracy theories worthy of a Dan Brown novel sprouted in the Italian media on Thursday, with accusations that Pope Francis’s enemies were looking to undermine him after a newspaper reported he had a brain tumor.  The Vatican angrily denied Wednesday’s story, calling it irresponsible and inexcusable, but rather than fading out [Read More…]

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From John Paul, a message for our time—and all times

The great pontiff’s feast day is today, and you’ll find this inspiring (and timely) gift in the Office of Readings, from his first homily as pope: The new Successor of Peter in the See of Rome today makes a fervent, humble and trusting prayer: Christ, make me become and remain the servant of your unique [Read More…]

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Synod documents show insufficient support for changes in Communion

View image | gettyimages.com Details from The Wall Street Journal:   Newly released documents show Catholic bishops are unlikely to back Pope Francis’ drive to let church members who have divorced and remarried receive Communion, threatening to set back one of the pope’s signature initiatives. Position papers prepared during a high-profile meeting on family issues indicate conservative [Read More…]

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Vatican denies report Pope Francis has brain tumor

From Reuters:  The Vatican denied on Wednesday an Italian media report that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor. “The circulation of entirely unfounded news regarding the health of the Holy Father by an Italian newspaper is gravely irresponsible and unworthy of attention,” chief Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a statement. “Furthermore, as [Read More…]

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Cutting a rug: thousands receive souvenir carpet squares used at pope’s Mass in Philadelphia

Now for something completely different:  Nearly one month after Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Philadelphia, more than 5,000 of the 6-inch by 6-inch squares of white, gold and gray carpet used during the papal Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway have been given out as souvenirs. Crews from Hunterdon County’s Flemington Department Store were onsite at the Philadelphia Museum of [Read More…]

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