A cardinal who is a child of divorce sheds light on the Synod

Here’s a fascinating conversation with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna and the president of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference. Cardinal Schönborn is perhaps best known as the editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and will [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: is the pope Catholic?

The good people at the Times of London posted this correction today: No sweat. Thanks for clearing that up. [Read more…]

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Pope institutes World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Details:  Pope Francis has instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which will be celebrated each year on September 1st. Francis made this announcement in a letter he sent to Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, which [Read More…]

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Meet the Maryland deacon building the pope’s altar

View image | gettyimages.com From The Washington Post:  David Cahoon does what Jesus did, and Jesus’ earthly father before Him. He’s a carpenter, and like the Christian figure whose life he has sought to emulate, Cahoon embraces the task of transforming mundane pieces of wood into works of religious glory. His latest project calls for [Read More…]

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Is John Kasich the GOP’s Pope Francis?

Time magazine thinks so: At times during the first GOP debate on Thursday night, it was hard to tell who was talking: Pope Francis or Ohio Governor John Kasich. “We need to give everybody a chance, treat everybody with respect, and let them share in this great American dream that we have,” the second-term governor, an [Read More…]

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In Philadelphia, pope will use same lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

Details:  When Pope Francis delivers his address at Independence Hall next month, he will stand behind a nondescript, lectern of dark walnut, largely unused since it was placed in a cemetery in Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863. There, President Abraham Lincoln gripped its softly curved sides and etched into the history books, “Four score and [Read More…]

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“Our country is in desperate need of servant leaders, willing to kneel and embrace those who are not like them…”

After last night’s debate, I stumbled on this essay from Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, in The New York Times. From the earliest days of Starbucks, I’ve been captivated by the art of leadership. I was mentored over three decades by Warren G. Bennis, the eminent professor and scholar on leadership. I’ve gathered insights from peers, [Read More…]

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See you at Spago, Papa: Francis reportedly invites Oprah, Hollywood moguls to Vatican

From The Daily Mail:  What do television mogul Oprah Winfrey, fast-talking Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel and Academy Award winner Matt Damon have in common? All three have been invited to a special audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican this coming fall. The powerful trio, along with a handful of other show business heavyweights, have [Read More…]

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Pope: divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, should participate in the life of the Church

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis resumed his General Audiences on Wednesday, following the summer holiday. In his catechesis, the Holy Father continued his teaching on the family, reflecting on the situation of those who have divorced and entered into a second union. “The Church knows well,” he said, “that such a situation contradicts the Christian Sacrament.” [Read More…]

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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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