Pope blesses small statue for Maryland family whose daughters died in fire

From Catholic News Agency:  After reading a letter while visiting Rome’s North American Seminary detailing the death of two young girls in a house fire, Pope Francis blessed their picture and a small statue to be given to their parents.“The Holy Father read the story about what happened and he was very moved by it. [Read More...]

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Coming to a church near you: “Missionaries of Mercy” for the Year of Mercy

The full text of the papal bull announcing the Jubilee of Mercy was published several days ago, and is now available on the Jubilee of Mercy website. There are a number of specific, concrete details worth noting: The initiative of “24 Hours for the Lord,” to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week [Read More...]

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy now has a website—and a logo

The website, unveiled today, is here.  The logo:   A description of the image and its meaning: The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who [Read More...]

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A message from the pope in English

These are the words he left in the guest book at the Pontifical North American College this weekend: Photo via Twitter [Read more...]

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Man hangs up on Pope Francis, thinking it’s a prank call

Yeah, this sounds like something I’d do:  An Italian man hung up the phone on Pope Francis twice thinking he was being pranked, but later apologised to him for his error, the Vatican newspaper, l’Osservatore Romano, has reported. The pontiff, who often contacts strangers who write to him or whose problems he hears about, called Franco [Read More...]

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Pope Francis on the crisis of marriage: “Let us not be afraid to invite Jesus and Mary to the marriage feast”

Details from Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis appealed for equal pay for equal work today, calling compensation disparity a “pure scandal”. The Holy Father made his remarks during the course of his catechetical reflection on marriage and family at his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday. In discussing the causes of family dissolution, [Read More...]

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Cardinal announces furniture design contest for papal visit

The story, from the Catholic University of America website:  The leaders of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America met today with students from CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning to announce a contest for the design of the altar, chair, and [Read More...]

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I can think of two priests who will be including this image in their Christmas card this year…

From Paul Haring at Catholic News Service comes this wonderful picture from Sunday. Caption: Pope Francis and two newly ordained priests give a blessing during the “Regina Coeli” led from the window of the pope’s studio at the Vatican April 26. The priests and 17 others were ordained by the pope during a liturgy in [Read More...]

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Pope to newly ordained priests: No more boring sermons

Details: On Sunday morning Pope Francis ordained 19 new priests, exhorting them to serve the flock rather than manage it, and to feed the people of God with heartfelt homilies rather than boring sermons. “Let this be the nourishment of the People of God,” Francis said during the ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica, “that your sermons are [Read More...]

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Confirmed: Pope to visit Cuba on way to U.S.

From AP:  Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in the last week of September, the Vatican said Wednesday. The Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed the Cuba leg to reporters but didn’t provide details or dates. Francis has been credited with helping the United States and Cuba reach their historic [Read More...]

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