Philadelphia’s “pope soap”?

The manufacturer, Duross & Langel, notes: Please forgive this bit of cheek but each bar is hand made with holy water. The money we raise through the sale of these soaps goes to Catholic Social Services Children’s Bureau. An item in Philadelphia magazine adds: All proceeds from the sale of these soaps will go to Catholic Social [Read More...]

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Francis: beware those who claim to be “very Catholic”

From his Angelus remarks Sunday: Pope Francis has strongly criticized Catholics who brag that they are perfect followers of the church’s teachings but then criticize or speak ill of others in their faith communities, saying they cause scandal and even offer a “counter-witness” to Jesus. “We all know in our communities, in our parishes, in [Read More...]

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At the World Meeting of Families: How do you give communion to a million people?

View image | gettyimages.com Here’s an interesting glimpse behind the scenes, from Philly.com—including a detail that has lately been making the rounds on social media: that the pope is expected to say Mass in Latin. Read on:  When more than 1,500 priests and deacons descend from Pope Francis’ altar on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway next month [Read More...]

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Papal kitsch didn’t begin with Pope Francis—UPDATED

A few observers have marveled that the visit of Pope Francis has sparked a rush on kitschy souvenirs:  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which will host the meeting, feels that the more lighthearted items are very appropriate to the fun-loving cleric and the joyfulness of the occasion, according to Joan Doyle, a retail consultant to cultural organizations who [Read More...]

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Vatican expresses pope’s gratitude to author of banned children’s book

From The Guardian:  The hippos, kangaroos and penguins adorning the cover of Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) give little hint of the political and religious storm the children’s book has caused. While following the adventures of an egg may seem harmless enough, its discovery of different family types – including same sex – has prompted a [Read More...]

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The Anti-Trump

It occurred to me the other day that these men represent two sides of the same coin: populist, unscripted, wildly unpredictable. Each, in his way, has turned part of the world upside down; each brings to his job a head-turning—sometimes, jaw-dropping—authenticity. Each has a penchant for breaking the rules. These guys define what it means to be [Read More...]

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Meet the Philadelphia inmates making the pope’s chair

This is pretty great, via Philly.com: Evan Davis sanded the back of a large walnut throne, scrubbing in the direction of the grain, to smooth the seat Pope Francis will sit on when he visits next month. In a carpentry shop at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC), Davis and about a dozen other inmates [Read More...]

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Francis bobble head with Philly cheesesteak and a pretzel!?

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…some savvy Philadelphia promoters offer us this. And yes, for good measure, he’s also wearing “Rocky” boxing gloves. [Read more...]

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Cupich on Synod: “It is no longer sufficient to just repeat the formulas of the past” — UPDATED

Ahead of receiving the pallium in Chicago today, Archbishop Blaise Cupich shared his thoughts on the significance of that event, the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and preparations for the Synod this fall. From Catholic New World: CNW: What are your expectations for the Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held [Read More...]

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Praying with the sheep: pope joins faithful in the pews for Mass at St. Peter’s

Does anyone recall a pope ever doing this? From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis surprised the faithful in St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday when he attended the 7:00 morning Mass at the Altar of St. Pius X in the church. It was the feast day of the saint. The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Lucio Bonora, [Read More...]

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