Pope Francis: “Bother your pastors”

From the Vatican Radio:  “Bother your pastors, disturb your pastors, all of us pastors, so that we will give you the milk of grace, of doctrine, and of guidance.” Departing from his prepared remarks, Pope Francis on Sunday called on the faithful knock at the doors of their pastors “and on their hearts,” saying it [Read More...]

Report: Paul VI to be beatified in October

Details:  The Vatican has recognized a supposed miracle attributed to Paul VI’s intercession and will beatify the late Italian pope in October, a Vatican source said on Tuesday. According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the apparent miracle identified by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints was the healing of an unborn baby [Read More...]

Pope warns against “climbers” in the church

From his daily homily this morning: Pope Francis on Monday warned that there are people in the Church that follow Jesus for vanity or thirst for power and wealth, and he prayed the Lord to give us the grace to follow him for love. The Pope was speaking during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. [Read More...]

The embraceable pope

It sounds on its surface unremarkable, but NCR begs to differ: In what might be an unprecedented act —and extraordinary sign of affection— a Catholic from Minneapolis, MN embraced Pope Francis May 1 during a private audience. The lay initiated gesture, considered unthinkable in earlier pontificates, represents another verification of the way Francis has touched [Read More...]

Worth noting: the pope’s prayer intentions for May

From the Vatican:  Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for May is: “That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace”. His intention for evangelisation is: “That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations”. Amen. [Read more...]

Pope: I cry for Christians being crucified today

From his homily this morning: In his homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Martha Friday, Pope Francis lamented that in today’s world there are still “masters of conscience” [thought police – ed] and in some countries you can still go to jail for possessing a Gospel or wearing a Crucifix. He also confessed to [Read More...]

Ever wonder where they got all the hosts for the canonization Mass?

Over at his blog, Deacon Bill Ditewig describes the process that unfolded in the wee hours of Sunday morning. It started by arriving at the Lateran, where priests and deacons piled into big buses that took them to various churches, which were more or less the “staging areas” for the big event. Details: We were [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “The devil always tries to divide us…”

From today’s homily—and he makes a reference to deacons, too:  In his homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta Tuesday, Pope Francis focused on “the three characteristics” of this group, capable of full agreement inside the community, to bear witness of Christ to the outside world, to prevent any of its members from suffering [Read More...]

At the canonizations: “I wanted to minister literally to the fringes”

CNS wrote about the extraordinary number of people who attended the canonizations this morning—and spoke with a certain deacon who said something wise and, in fact, moving: About 150 cardinals and 700 bishops concelebrated the Mass. About 6,000 priests attended, as well as deacons, to help distribute Communion to as many people as possible. U.S. [Read More...]

Douthat: “The phone call and the coverage of it suggest perils for this papacy…”

The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat mulls the implications of Pope Francis’s controversial cold call to an Argentinian woman a few days ago: Whatever his intentions, the phone call and the coverage of it suggest two obvious perils for a papacy that leans too heavily on the distinction between the doctrinal and the pastoral, between official [Read More...]