Pope Francis medallion added to St. Paul Outside-the-Walls

The Vatican’s Facebook page notes: Pope Francis’ medallion portrait has just been added yesterday to the series of mosaic medallions depicting all the Popes throughout history, situated around the transept and nave of the Roman Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls. Read more about the basilica’s history here.  CNS notes:  St. Paul’s is today the only [Read More...]

TIME names Pope Francis “Person of the Year”

From the beautifully-written cover story, by Nancy Gibbs:  Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, [Read More...]

Pope Francis sends a message to the Americas

For the first time, a pope from the Americas has sent a message to the Americas.  Details:  Pope Francis has sent a Message to the Americas to mark the Dec. 12th Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is venerated as Patroness of the American continent. The Holy Father delivered the message during the course [Read More...]

“Prophetic is probably the best word for the role the pope is playing…”

“The pope is not a politician, a media loudmouth or an activist. He is a religious figure, wholly dedicated to representing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as he understands it to a world caught up in a thousand other things. As conservative Catholic George Weigel writes, ‘Pope Francis is a revolutionary. The revolution he proposes, [Read More...]

Pope Francis calls on faithful to use the internet to offer “real reasons for hope”

Photo: Paul Haring/CNS This story moved over the weekend and may have escaped your attention. But it’s worth reading, from Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Saturday met with the participants of the 26th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, meeting under the theme “Proclaiming Christ in the digital age.” Pope Francis said the [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The man is an activist, a street-worker, a foot-washer and an evangelizer. There’s nothing passive or pandering about him. And it would appear that Francis is quite willing to offend sensibilities. It is useful to remember that Jesus wasn’t only a carpenter’s son but also a radical who turned the tables on the status quo. [Read More...]

Pope invites reformed killer of nun to Rome

Details from Vatican Radio:  Eighteen years after Samunder Singh stabbed and murdered a Catholic nun in northern India, the former prisoner has been invited to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican. Sr. Rani Maria was murdered in 1995. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for Family, invited Singh after the pope expressed his [Read More...]

“It is important to understand the Second Vatican Council as the Catholic Church’s response to World War II…”

Deacon Bill Ditewig, commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, has this take:  Pope John Paul II, in his 2004 Message for the World Day of Peace, referred to the Second World War as “an abyss of violence, destruction and death unlike anything previously known.”  How does a world recover from such [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Nelson Mandela: “I pray his example will inspire generations…”

From the Vatican:  Pope Francis on Friday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela expressing his hope that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and common good at the forefront of their political aspirations. The Pope’s words came in a telegramme of condolences that he sent to the South African [Read More...]

Pope establishes special commission on child sex abuse

From Catholic News Service:  Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, a member of the pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals, announced [Read More...]


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