Pope Francis: “Many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them…”

From his homily today: Pope Francis warned the faithful against what he described as a “globalized uniformity” which is the result of secular worldliness.Often he said, the people of God prefer to distance themselves from the Lord in favour of worldly proposals. He said worldliness is the root of evil and it can lead us [Read More...]

Report: Pope called writer, said it’s important that he hear criticism

Details:  “Yes, it’s true. I received the telephone call by the Pope. It happened two weeks ago, November 1st, All Saints. But I naturally kept it to myself. No one was supposed to have known it, it was a conversation of an absolutely private nature. But considering that the [news] agencies have mentioned it…” Mario [Read More...]

Controversial interview with pope removed from Vatican website

Details from National Catholic Register:  Pope Francis’ interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of La Repubblica, has been taken down from the Vatican website, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed today. The Oct. 1 interview, which was also published in L’Osservatore Romano, was criticised for its inaccuracies after it emerged that Scalfari hadn’t recorded it. “The [Read More...]

Sarah Palin apologizes for comments on Pope Francis

Following up on her remarks earlier this week, she posted this statement on her Facebook page:   Just to clarify my comment to Jake Tapper about Pope Francis, it was not my intention to be critical of Pope Francis. I was reminding viewers that we need to do our own homework on news subjects, and I [Read More...]

Did the pope reference Medjugorge in today’s homily?

Sounds that way:  The spirit of curiosity generates confusion and distances a person from the Spirit of wisdom, which brings peace, said Pope Francis in his homily during Thursday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope began his homily by commenting on the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, which describes “the state [Read More...]

A Protestant writes: “The thing that shocked me most about Pope Francis”

From Zack Hunt at the blog The American Jesus:  I’m not Roman Catholic, but he’s the sort of leader I would gladly follow, the kind of Christ-like example I want to follow. But incarnated grace aside, the thing that’s really shocked me the most about Pope Francis is the response he’s received from those outside the faith. [Read More...]

Sarah Palin “taken aback” by “kind of liberal” comments of Pope Francis

From CNN:  Sarah Palin said she is trying to follow Pope Francis, but is wary of what she called the media’s interpretation of his message. “He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” said Palin. But “unless I really dig deep into what his [Read More...]

Cardinal says Francis has no intention of restricting access to Latin Mass

Details:  The former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy has told a traditionalist group that Pope Francis has no intention of restricting access to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin liturgy. “I met Pope Francis very recently and he told me that he has no problem with the old rite, and neither does he [Read More...]

Rise in Italian church attendance pegged to the “Francis Effect”

From Religion News Service:  Italy’s Center for Studies on New Religions reported Sunday (Nov. 10) that around half of the 250 priests it surveyed reported a significant rise in church attendance since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March. “If we project these findings nationally, and if half of the parishes have been [Read More...]

The pope’s new BFF?

From Amy Sullivan in the National Journal: Stephen Colbert may be—as he bragged in character last month at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner—”America’s most famous Catholic.” But he has serious competition for the title of most important Catholic in the United States. Until recently that distinction arguably belonged to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head [Read More...]


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