“This is the mission of the Church: to heal the wounded hearts, to open doors, to say that God is good…”

Highlights of the pope’s homily today, from Vatican Radio: The Church must proclaim the Gospel “in poverty” and the people proclaiming it must have the sole aim of alleviating the miseries of the poor, never forgetting that this service is the work of the Holy Spirit and not of human hands. At Mass on Thursday [Read More...]

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It’s official: Pope Francis formally recognizes martyrdom of Oscar Romero

From CNS:   After decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in hatred of the faith” and not for purely political reasons.Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Archbishop Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as [Read More...]

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Pope: you can’t “privatize” salvation

He made some astute and timely observations during his homily yesterday. From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis says ecclesial elites who form cliques and scorn others are privatizing the faith and not following the way of Jesus.  His words came during his homily at morning Mass on Thursday (29th January) celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.  [Read More...]

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Pope Francis will not confer palliums on bishops at the Vatican

From CNS: When Pope Francis celebrates the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in June, he will set aside an element that has been part of the Mass for the past 32 years; the Vatican confirmed he will not confer the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy. Msgr. Guido Marini, the papal master of [Read More...]

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At General Audience, Pope Francis speaks of the dignity of fathers

“St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus” by Guido Reni (c. 1620) via Wikipedia From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis called on fathers to be present in the lives of their children pointing out that the absence of a ‘father figure’ can have grave consequences. Speaking on Wednesday during the weekly General Audience, the Pope continued in [Read More...]

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Pope Francis a “headache” for GOP presidential hopefuls?

Rick Santorum prays at a fundraiser in 2012 by Gage Skidmore / Wikipedia Commons From Bloomberg:  It is a new era for the Roman Catholic church, much to the dismay of three of its Republican members who are poised to run for president. On issues ranging from climate change, lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and the demotion of an anti-gay [Read More...]

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Now I’ve seen everything: ladies and gentlemen, the hip hop pope

This is a scream. From the mischievously creative mind of Fr. Darryl Millette, from the Diocese of Saskatoon—who obviously has far too much time on his hands. Enjoy! [Read more...]

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Report: Pope Francis met with transgendered man at Vatican

From The Washington Post:  There are reports in Spanish publications that Pope Francis has accepted a transgender person into the Vatican — and embraced him — after the man who was once a woman wrote him an anguished letter last year. The Vatican hasn’t corroborated the accounts, but it hasn’t denied them either.According to the Huffington Post, the [Read More...]

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St. Matthew’s wife? — UPDATED

“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...]

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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...]

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