“The Vatican’s media machine is broken”

That’s the assessment of Fr. Raymond de Souza: Whether it was the imbroglio over the Society of St Pius X and the Holocaust-denying Bishop Williamson, or the Argentine woman whom Pope Francis (allegedly) told to ignore her parish priest’s advice about not receiving Holy Communion while living in an invalid union, it is the international headlines [Read More...]

Confirmed: Francis to Philly in ’15

From CNS:  Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo. “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” [Read More...]

Picture of the Day: Meriam Ibrahim meets Pope Francis

Frank Weathers has the scoop. Details from CNS:  Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told journalists that the encounter in the pope’s residence was marked by “affection” and “great serenity and joy.” They had “a beautiful conversation,” during which the pope thanked Ibrahim for “her steadfast witness of faith,” the priest said. Ibrahim thanked the [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Child migration demands the attention of the entire international community”

From the BBC: Pope Francis has added his voice to calls to help thousands of unaccompanied Central American children migrating to the US every month. In a letter read by the Vatican envoy to Mexico, the Pope said the region was facing “a humanitarian emergency”. He urged Central American governments to offer protection to the [Read More...]

Coming in September: an elderly “encounter” with Pope Francis

From the CNS blog:  The Vatican is inviting the world’s older generation to a special day and Mass with the pope in St. Peter’s Square. All you have to do is “apply” to request attendance by writing to events@family.va or by sending a fax to +39.06.698.87272. “The Blessing of Long Life” event will be held [Read More...]

The hardest working priest at the Vatican has to be…

…Fr. Federico Lombardi. After the pope, of course. And stepping up to the microphone after the pope, to explain what he really meant, is becoming a full time job for the Vatican spokesman. Yesterday, this was the big story:  An interview that credits Pope Francis as saying about 2% of Roman Catholic clerics are pedophiles stirred controversy [Read More...]

Pope Francis to sex abuse survivors: “I beg your forgiveness”

From his homily this morning, where six survivors of clerical sex abuse were present: The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation…  Peter whose eyes meet the gaze of Jesus and weeps…  This scene comes to my mind as I look at you, and think of so many men and women, boys [Read More...]

Defying pope, church parade detours past home of convicted mobster

Details:  In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as “deplorable and disgusting.” He praised three Carabinieri policemen who [Read More...]

For the first time, woman to become rector of pontifical university in Rome

Details:  She was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that [Read More...]

Report: Vatican called Massachusetts mother whose son died from seizure

Details:  She called Pope Francis, and believes he answered. A Massachusetts woman, grieving the sudden death of her 25-year-old son, received an unexpected voicemail last week: a message from the Vatican offering condolences over the loss of her child. Stephany Nicolo, of Wakefield, Mass., told FoxNews.com that a message was left on her cellphone Friday [Read More...]