Bookies favor pope to win Nobel Peace Prize

Check this out:  Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. The Argentine pope is currently the 5-2 favorite to win the award, which the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, will announce Friday, according to British bookmaker William Hill. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power also [Read More...]

Pope to bishops at synod launch: “Say everything that you feel with frankness.”

Details:  During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of saying what they truly think, and that only by doing this can they reach real conclusions.“You have to say all that which in the Lord you feel you have to say: without human respect, [Read More...]

Francis hails Benedict as “the grandfather of all grandfathers”

From Catholic News Agency:  Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.”“I have said many times that it gives me [Read More...]

That radical Pope Francis makes more shocking appointments

Details:  Pope Francis has nominated new members of the International Theological Commission, in addition to renewing the five year mandate of several previously serving members. One of two Americans is Capuchin friar Fr. Thomas Weinandy, about whom Wikipedia notes: Father Weinandy assisted in the development of content for an iPhone app to guide Catholics through the act [Read More...]

“Let us pray this evening for reconciliation and peace…”

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This, dear brothers and sisters, allows us to enter [Read More...]

John Allen: “Are we looking at the American Pope Francis in Chicago?”

The veteran Vatican watcher assesses this weekend’s big news over at Crux:  There’s nothing a pope does as fundamental to shaping culture in the Catholic Church as appointing bishops, and that’s especially true for major pace-setting venues around the world. Chicago is on a short list with Milan, Paris, and Westminster as spots where popes [Read More...]

Pope establishes commission to reform annulment process

This is huge. From Vatican Radio:  The Holy See Press Office on Saturday announced Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission  for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law. The decision was made on August 2, 2014. This Committee will be chaired by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, Dean [Read More...]

For sale on eBay: the pope’s zucchetto!

Place your bids now:  It’s a good thing this pope wears more than one hat. Pope Francis’ white skullcap is selling for close to $130,000 on eBay, after an Italian TV show host managed to finagle it out of his holy hands. The host of the comedy show “La lene” (The Hyenas) got up in the [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “If preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless…”

Wise words for all of us, from today’s homily:   The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more, he is [Read More...]

Do you use intinction?

I’ve never see this done in parishes around the United States, but Fr. Z took note of this practice during yesterday’s big wedding Mass at St. Peter’s: His Holiness, again, did not seem to distribute Communion. He doesn’t, you know. However, deacons distributed under both kinds and by intinction. Thus, no Communion in the hand.  Nota [Read More...]