Pope’s favorability numbers rise after visit to U.S.

From CNS:  A Marist Poll survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus found Pope Francis’ favorability made significant gains among Catholics and among Americans overall in the wake of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. Among practicing Catholics, 90 percent now say they view Pope Francis favorably, up from 83 percent in August, [Read More...]

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Pope Francis lays out vision of synodal Church, a “church of listening”

View image | gettyimages.com From  Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Saturday morning marked the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops as a permanent body. Gathered with the Fathers of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops – who are currently meeting in Rome to discuss the vocation and mission of [Read More...]

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In new interview, Pope Francis declares “I have always been a priest of the street”

From Zenit:  The Argentine Pope is on this week’s cover of the famous magazine “Paris Match,” generally reserved for sports and stage celebrities. The magazine published a long interview with the Pope by Vatican expert Caroline Pigozzi, where such topics appear as poverty, human dignity, criticisms of capitalism and the environment. In sum, there is [Read More...]

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Pope makes surprise visit to homeless shelter—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

From Vatican Radio: On Thursday, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the new Jesuit homeless shelter, ‘Gift of Mercy’, just around the corner from the Vatican. All 30 guests at ‘Gift of Mercy’ (Dono di Misericordia), most of whom are Italian, were overjoyed to see the Holy Father and were eager to tell him [Read More...]

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Pope asks forgiveness for “recent scandals both in Rome and in the Vatican”

And John Thavis is wondering just what he’s talking about:  The problem in interpreting his remarks was that there are several scandals to choose from. The gay official of the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation who recently came out with his partner, saying the climate at his workplace was homophobic? Accusations of sexual impropriety made by a [Read More...]

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Lombardi on the “Letter from 13 cardinals”

Vatican Information Service (VIS) reports: The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., has given the following clarification regarding the publication yesterday of a “Letter to the Pope from thirteen cardinals”: As we are aware, at least four of the Synod Fathers who were included in the list of signatories have denied [Read More...]

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Vatican opens pope’s dormitory for the homeless

From Aleteia:  The structure has been up and running for about a day or so and the official inauguration took place away from prying eyes last week: Pope Francis’ dormitory for the homeless can host up to 34 people. The news was announced in a communiqué from the Office of Papal Charities which covered the [Read More...]

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Ingenious Halloween costume: little pope in popemobile

This appears to be from a few years ago, but it’s timeless. From Costume-Works.com: Mom notes: Zachary, age 4, saw Mommy reading the news on the computer. He spotted a picture of the Pope and asked about him. Later, when Mommu was giving him ideas of what he could dress up as for Halloween, he [Read More...]

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Pope’s opening remarks to Synod: “With faith in God, fidelity to the Magesterium, the good of the Church…”

From Monday morning:  Let us remember, that the Synod will be a space for the action of the Holy Spirit only if we participants vest ourselves with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer: with that apostolic courage, which refuses to be intimidated in the face of the temptations of the world – temptations that [Read More...]

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NY Times: “Has the cool pope left the building?”

That’s the eye-catching question posed at the beginning of this op-ed piece by Peter Manseau in The New York Times.  The key to understanding the pontiff, he explains, is his consistency:  No matter if in his meeting with Kim Davis we cast Pope Francis as a bumbling victim of his own lieutenants, or a back-room [Read More...]

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