First look: Salt + Light’s documentary “The Francis Effect”

This looks excellent, coming up in April on Salt + Light. (And I’m not just saying that because one of the people featured prominently is my boss, CNEWA‘s Msgr. John Kozar.) You can read more about it here.  [Read more...]

NY Times: The Catholic roots of Obama’s activism

Ahead of the president’s meeting with Pope Francis, a little backstory, from The New York Times:  In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like [Read More...]

The story behind a papal “selfie”

It happened this week, and ZENIT has the story: Little did Marco Antonio Lome and his wife Zaira Venegas know that they, too, would have their own ‘selfie’ with the Pope. Like many newlywed couples, Lome and Venegas travelled to Rome after their recent nuptials to receive a papal blessing. As is customary, at the [Read More...]

Fortune favors the pope: magazine names Pope Francis world’s greatest leader

David Gibson has the scoop:  Fortune magazine today released its list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and guess who came in at Numero Uno? Yep: Francis recently asked the world to stop the rock-star treatment. He knows that while revolutionary, his actions so far have mostly reflected a new tone and intentions. His hardest work [Read More...]

“Where is my confidence? In the Lord? Or am I a pagan, who confides in things, in idols I have made?”

Once again, in his daily homily, Pope Francis touches on a favorite theme and image: idols.  (Are your ears burning, Elizabeth?) From the Vatican:  “The one who trusts in himself, in his own richness or ideologies is destined for unhappiness. The one who trusts in the Lord, on the other hand, bears fruit even of [Read More...]

Report: Russell Crowe meets Pope Francis

From Religion News Service:  Russell Crowe, who plays the title character in the new Hollywood blockbuster “Noah,” lobbied hard for a personal audience with Pope Francis. What he got Wednesday instead was a blessing. Crowe used social media in recent weeks to try to cajole Francis to watch “Noah,” which has drawn fire from religious [Read More...]

Pope to lead liturgy marking “24 hours for the Lord” later this month

From CNS:  Priests in the Diocese of Rome, led by Pope Francis and organized by a Vatican office, will mark “24 hours for the Lord,” offering eucharistic adoration and the sacrament of penance in St. Peter’s Basilica and three historic churches in the center of Rome March 28-29. The 24 hours will begin at 5 [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ advice to commuters

I’ve said it before: this guy slays me. Check out the CNS video below, wherein the pope who likes to ride the bus offers some advice on how to spend your morning commute. The CNS summary:  If you get a seat on a crowded bus, you should use your travel time to read a few [Read More...]

There he goes again: pope asks today “Who am I to judge?”

He used that now-famous (or infamous) phrase during his homily this morning: In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 17 March, Pope Francis preached on mercy. Commenting on the day’s readings from the Prophet Daniel (9:4-10) and the Gospel of Luke (6:36-38), the Pope explained that “Jesus’ invitation to mercy is intended to draw [Read More...]

Pope Francis invited to address joint session of Congress next year

From The Washington Post:  Congressional leaders have invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress during his expected visit to the United States next year. Francis, who marked his first anniversary as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics today, is reportedly planning to visit the U.S. next year in order to attend a global conference [Read More...]