St. Matthew’s wife?

“The Calling of St. Matthew” by Caravaggio (1599-1600) via Wikipedia My friend Fr. Scott Hurd in Washington spotted this reference in one of Pope Francis’s talks in Manila and was startled. He’d never heard mention of a spouse of the evangelist: Think of St Matthew. He was a good banker. But he let people down [Read More...]

Pope Francis reminds Roman Rota that sacraments are free—and annulments should be, too

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis received the judges and advocates of the Roman Rota on Friday, to inaugurate the tribunal’s 2015 judicial term. The Roman Rota is the highest ordinary appellate court in the Church’s judicial system. The bulk of the work of the Rota involves deciding cases of marital nullity – marriage annulments, in [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “God forgives everything”

“There is no sin which He won’t pardon. He forgives everything.  ‘But father, I don’t go to confession because I have committed so many really bad sins, so many that I can’t be forgiven….’  No, this is not true.  He forgives everything.  If you go (to confession) repentant, He will forgive everything.  When… so many [Read More...]

Pope releases message for World Day of Social Communications on “Communicating the Family”

Photo from Vatican Radio From Vatican Radio:  The Vatican has issued Pope Francis’ Message for the 49TH World Day of Social Communications, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter mirifica, 1963).  The theme of this year’s message: “Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.” [Read More...]

Pope: Catholics, Lutherans in shared Christian witness

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis told an ecumenical delegation from Finland Thursday that Catholics and Lutherans can do much together “to bear witness to God’s mercy.”  The delegation’s visit to Rome coincides with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Feast of St. Henry, the patron saint of Finland. St. Henry via Wikipedia [Read More...]

Pope Francis to Iraq?

Photo: Iraqi refugees by Don Duncan / CNEWA The Apostolic Nuncio raised that possibility yesterday. From Aid to the Church in Need:  The Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, expressed the hope that the Christians driven out of northern Iraq by the terrorist militia “Islamic State” would be able to return to their homes this [Read More...]

Lamb chimes in during papal blessing

St. Agnes via Wikipedia From the good people at Rome Reports, a short video showing the traditional blessing for the Feast of St. Agnes—and one attendee who had something to get off its chest. Pity he wasn’t blessing rabbits. [Read more...]

Pope on trip to Philippines: “It gave us hope to see so many large families that welcome children as a true gift of God”

From Wednesday’s General Audience, via Zenit: The meetings with families and young people at Manila, were salient moments of the visit to the Philippines. Healthy families are essential to the life of society. It gave us consolation and hope to see so many large families that welcome children as a true gift of God. They know [Read More...]

“How Pope Francis renewed the faith of this reluctant Catholic”

Photo: Aaron Almadro A Filipino who attended a papal Mass last weekend writes of how cynicism and doubt gave way to faith:   I had only wanted to attend the mass. I admit, being through a lot of heartaches in 2013 and 2014 put a strain in my faith. The worst was when I lost my parents [Read More...]

Pope: “Responsible parenthood” does not require people “to be like rabbits” to be good Catholics

View image | gettyimages.com From AP:  Pope Francis denounced Monday what he calls the “ideological colonization” of families and the developing world, where he says progressive, Western ideas about birth control and gay rights are increasingly being imposed by groups, institutions or individual nations — often as a condition for development aid. Francis said Catholics [Read More...]


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