Vatican expresses pope’s gratitude to author of banned children’s book

From The Guardian:  The hippos, kangaroos and penguins adorning the cover of Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) give little hint of the political and religious storm the children’s book has caused. While following the adventures of an egg may seem harmless enough, its discovery of different family types – including same sex – has prompted a [Read More...]

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The Anti-Trump

It occurred to me the other day that these men represent two sides of the same coin: populist, unscripted, wildly unpredictable. Each, in his way, has turned part of the world upside down; each brings to his job a head-turning—sometimes, jaw-dropping—authenticity. Each has a penchant for breaking the rules. These guys define what it means to be [Read More...]

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Meet the Philadelphia inmates making the pope’s chair

This is pretty great, via Philly.com: Evan Davis sanded the back of a large walnut throne, scrubbing in the direction of the grain, to smooth the seat Pope Francis will sit on when he visits next month. In a carpentry shop at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC), Davis and about a dozen other inmates [Read More...]

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Francis bobble head with Philly cheesesteak and a pretzel!?

Just when you thought you’d seen it all…some savvy Philadelphia promoters offer us this. And yes, for good measure, he’s also wearing “Rocky” boxing gloves. [Read more...]

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Cupich on Synod: “It is no longer sufficient to just repeat the formulas of the past” — UPDATED

Ahead of receiving the pallium in Chicago today, Archbishop Blaise Cupich shared his thoughts on the significance of that event, the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and preparations for the Synod this fall. From Catholic New World: CNW: What are your expectations for the Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held [Read More...]

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Praying with the sheep: pope joins faithful in the pews for Mass at St. Peter’s

Does anyone recall a pope ever doing this? From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis surprised the faithful in St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday when he attended the 7:00 morning Mass at the Altar of St. Pius X in the church. It was the feast day of the saint. The Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Lucio Bonora, [Read More...]

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Meet the Pope Francis plush toy

This thing is selling like hotcakes—or, maybe, Pennsylvania scrapple: A company in Montgomery County [Pennsylvania] is producing a cute and cuddly version of the leader of the Catholic Church to celebrate Philadelphia’s upcoming visit from Pope Francis. …”They’ve already sold 50,000 pontiff dolls, with orders coming in from as close to home as City Hall to [Read More...]

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Trump: “I’m going to have to scare the Pope…

He offered some wisdom to CNN yesterday:  Donald Trump has revealed he would warn the Pope that ISIS were out to get him if they meet next month. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Chris Cuomo asked the billionaire businessman what he would say in to Pope Francis if he came face-to face with him during [Read More...]

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Foamy Francis on tap: New Jersey brewery creates a beer inspired by the pope

Someone clearly saw a good opportunity knocking. From AP: A New Jersey brewery is releasing a limited edition beer to commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia next month. Cape May Brewing Co. co-owner Ryan Krill says his company is brewing 500 gallons of YOPO, or “You Only Pope Once.” The pope-inspired beer is a hoppy pale [Read More...]

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Philly frenzy for faux Francis, and posing with the paper pontiff

Some of us were doing it before it was cool: From the AP:  Pope Francis isn’t scheduled to touch down in the U.S. until September, but he’s already popped up at a Philadelphia Phillies game and at the Battleship New Jersey. Cardboard cutouts of the pontiff have been appearing all over the Philadelphia region, generating [Read More...]

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