Want to become a saint? Take a tip from Pope Francis

He mentioned it during Sunday’s Angelus:  Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life. “It’s so rotten, gossip. At the beginning, it seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy.  But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and [Read More...]

Pope Francis to engaged couples: “Living together is an art summarized in three words: please, thanks and sorry”

To mark St. Valentine’s Day, the pope held a special audience for engaged couples this morning. He offered some wonderful insight and advice. Vatican Radio has the scoop:  Ten thousand engaged couples from all over the world gathered today, on the feast of St. Valentine, in St. Peter’s Square to consider the vocation of marriage, [Read More...]

“Beware of Pope Francis”

From writer and activist Timothy Shriver, who notes that the pope is challenging everyone: When he invited the homeless to his home for his birthday, Francis was calling on the world to end the gulf that separates those who have from those who have almost nothing. To do so, the guest list at almost every [Read More...]

Pope Francis to Jews: “Shalom!”

He spoke to members of the American Jewish Committee today. The text:  Dear friends, I welcome you here today. Your organization, which on various occasions has met with my venerable Predecessors, maintains good relations with the Holy See and with many representatives of the Catholic world. I am very grateful to you for the distinguished [Read More...]

“Pope Mary and Pope Martha”

My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a great insight into the two men in white now living at the Vatican:  Together, Mary and Martha represent prayer and action, and both are needed for the Gospel to move forward. Now at this crucial time in human history, the Church offers in these two living popes [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “We celebrate the Eucharist not because we are worthy, but because we recognize our need for God’s mercy”

From the pope’s general audience Wednesday: Dear Brothers and Sisters: Continuing our catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation, I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as a Church and individual Christians. First, the Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, Christ manifested his love by [Read More...]

Who did Francis call after his election as pope?

Here’s an interesting detail I hadn’t heard before, from Georg Ganswein, via CNS:  Archbishop Ganswein said Pope Benedict had told him he was retiring long before the Feb. 11 announcement, but under the strictest secrecy. “Instinctively, I said, ‘No, Holy Father, it’s not possible,’ but I realized immediately that he wasn’t communicating something he wanted [Read More...]

Pope John XXIV?

It almost happened, according to David Gibson:  On a day when everyone is recalling Pope Benedict XVI’s historic — and stunning — announcement last Feb. 11 that he intended to resign the papacy comes a fascinating revelation from the 2005 conclave that elected Benedict: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who reportedly ran second to Cardinal Joseph [Read More...]

FLASHBACK: One year ago today

What a year. I clicked on my computer early that morning to check the overseas news, and thought for sure it must have been a hoax.  “Huh. Somebody probably hacked Reuters or something…” Read John Allen’s excellent analysis from yesterday’s Boston Globe. And Rocco has more on the aftershocks. And God bless Pope Benedict. Long [Read More...]

One year after resignation, Benedict “at peace with himself…at peace with the Lord”

From Reuters:  A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who now works for the former pope as well as being the head of Pope Francis’s household, [Read More...]