Pope Francis: “Detach from the idolatry of money”

He released his message for this year’s World Youth Day, and his main theme is poverty, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” An excerpt from Vatican Radio: The first Beatitude, our theme for the next World Youth Day, says that the poor in spirit are blessed for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. At a time [Read More...]

When Francis met Philomena

Details, from Religion News Service:  Philomena Lee, the real-life Irish woman whose life story is the center of the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena,” met Pope Francis on Wednesday. The film has earned four Oscar nominations, including best picture, and Stephen Frears, the film’s director, expressed hope Pope Francis would watch the feel-good film, which some critics [Read More...]

Well, look who’s in The Guardian!

It’s our own Elizabeth Scalia—turning into an international papal pundit—with some thoughts on Pope Francis, divorce, annulments and the sacraments:  This month…the pope will meet with the eight cardinals who advise him to discuss the pastoral care of the modern family, which has been wracked by divorce, redefined by secular interests and the sexual revolution, [Read More...]

Pope releases first message for Lent, focuses on alleviating poverty

From Catholic News Service:  Courageously follow Jesus in seeking out the poor and sinners, and in making difficult sacrifices in order to help and heal others, Pope Francis said. Christians are called to confront the material, spiritual and moral destitution of “our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to [Read More...]

Queen Elizabeth to visit pope in April

Buckingham Palace confirms:  The Queen is will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The Queen will be accompanied by Prince Philip and the Royal visit will be her first overseas trip for three years. The Queen will visit with Pope at the Vatican after meeting the Italian President, [Read More...]

Pope praises Notre Dame, calls on university to preserve its Catholic identity

Details: In a powerful statement encouraging fidelity and strong Catholic identity in Catholic higher education, Pope Francis today urged the University of Notre Dame to be an “uncompromising witness… to the Church’s moral teaching” and to resist “efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness,” according to a translation by Vatican Radio. The Holy Father’s [Read More...]

Lombardi slams Rolling Stone cover story for treating Benedict with “surprising crudeness”

Details from The National Catholic Register:  Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has strongly criticised an article on Pope Francis that appears in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Although he acknowledged that the Holy Father’s appearance on the publication’s front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article’s negative portrayal [Read More...]

Pope Francis encourages increased role of women in church

From the Vatican’s news site:  Pope Francis earlier today met with participants at a national conference sponsored by the Italian Women’s Centre, which is due to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its foundation in October of this year. The Italian Women’s Centre (Centro Italiano Femminile, or CIF) was set up in 1944 as a federation of [Read More...]

“The pope seems to chide those who use the Internet to make statements but refuse to accept comments…”

Yesterday, Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB took a closer look at the pope’s message for World Communications Day: Toughen up, people! That seems to be one theme from Pope Francis in his annual Message for World Communications Day, which will be observed June 1, 2014. Pope Francis repeats his call that Christians must be [Read More...]

Fox News columnist slams Pope Francis for “misguided snobbery”

Yes.  “Snobbery.” Details from writer Adam Shaw:  Pope Francis has declared war on those who aspire to provide a better life for themselves and their families, expressing the misguided snobbery of a man for whom money has never been an issue. In the first week of his papacy, when briefing the media, the pope exclaimed: [Read More...]