You’re invited: Jubilee for Deacons in Rome during Year of Mercy

The following letter has been sent out this week from Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization:  Dear Deacon: As you are aware, the Holy Father has charged the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization with organizing the upcoming Extraordinary Holy Year, the Jubilee [Read More...]

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Fordham sends its video welcome to Pope Francis

You may have seen how Stephen Colbert did it. Now, here’s Fordham’s President Rev. Joseph M. McShane and a few football players. [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ latest magazine cover: National Geographic

From the magazine’s cover story: “I really need to start making changes right now,” Francis told a half dozen Argentine friends one morning just two months after 115 cardinals in the Vatican conclave vaulted him from relative obscurity into the papacy. To many observers—some delighted, others discomfited—the new pope already had changed seemingly everything, seemingly overnight. He [Read More...]

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Gallup: pope’s favorability rating falls, with conservatives fueling the drop

From Gallup:  Pope Francis’ favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope. It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014. The pontiff’s rating is similar to the 58% he received from Americans in April 2013, soon after he was elected pope. After Pope Francis [Read More...]

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Gänswein on Francis: “There is continuity with Benedict XVI”

A fascinating interview with Archbishop Georg Gänswein, secretary to both Francis and Benedict, from Zenit:  Q: How do you manage to collaborate with two Popes? It doesn’t seem easy to adapt oneself to two such different personalities … Archbishop Gänswein: They are certainly very different between them: and for me, after a long experience as [Read More...]

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Number of Pope’s Twitter followers soars after Latin America trip

From L’Osservatore Romano: South America is making waves on the Popes’s Twitter handle, @Pontifex. Just as Francis’ apostolic visit in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay concluded, the Pope’s followers in nine languages surpassed 22 million. This record comes just 41 days after that number had reached 21 million. The Popes’ visit to the three South American countries had [Read More...]

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How does the pope feel about all those selfies?

Glad you asked. The Washington Post reports: Pope Francis, age 78, has become one of the most desired group selfie participants on the planet. Everywhere he goes, it seems, the faithful want the pope to stop and smile for a photo with a cellphone camera perched at the end of an outstretched arm. Well, you [Read More...]

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What was the most important part of the pope’s trip?

The papal spokesman had a ready answer:  Asked by a journalist, here in Asuncion, during the final press briefing, what he thinks is the main common denominator of Pope Francis’ three-nation Latin American tour, Papal spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi didn’t have to think too hard. No, he didn’t say “the appeal for justice and equality,”  [Read More...]

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Pope Francis calls for a church “welcoming those who do not think as we do”

View image | gettyimages.com From The Wall Street Journal:  Pope Francis called for a more welcoming Catholic church, open even to those don’t accept its teachings, as he preached at a large open-air Mass on the last day of a weeklong South American tour. Speaking to hundreds of thousands of people at a military air base [Read More...]

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In the U.S., Francismania begins

A reader spotted this in a local department store: Want one? Visit this link. [Read more...]

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