“Pope Francis” ranks as the most talked about name on the Internet in 2013

From Catholic News Service:  Of the 1.83 billion people chatting and posting in English on the Internet, guess what they’ve been talking about most ? Not only is Pope Francis the most talked about name of 2013, his twitter handle @Pontifex ranks in the top-five “top words” on the World Wide Web. The Austin, Texas-based Global [Read More...]

You, too, can pose with the pope

Seeing this image of me and the pope on the blog a couple days ago, a priest writes: “Where can I get one of those?” First option: go to Rome and hope he notices you. Second option: Amazon.com.   A company called HistoricalCutouts.com has a wide array of famous people, beautifully rendered in cardboard, including Pope Francis [Read More...]

Historic: Vatican to put St. Peter’s relics on display for first time

From CNS:  For the first time, the bones traditionally believed to be the relics of St. Peter the Apostle will be on public display for veneration. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said the veneration of the relics at the Vatican is a fitting way to conclude the Year [Read More...]

It’s Sartorial Saturday!

Kathy Schiffer has taken note of Bishop Jenky having a little fun in the Wild West, hot on the heels of the image of Pope Francis donning a bright red clown nose.  Lest we forget, bishops—including the Bishop of Rome—have a long history of this sort of thing. Especially when it comes to hats. They love [Read More...]

How did I miss THIS picture?

Great shot of Francis from Wednesday’s audience.  Read all about it.  [Read more...]

“God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his hands”

Using that stunning picture from earlier in the week as a starting point, CNS has posted an overview of some memorable photographic moments with Pope Francis. Writer Carol Glatz makes note of something beautiful the pontiff said during a recent homily: “God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Francis kisses a man with boils

The man from Assisi kissed a leper. And so, today, the man from Buenos Aires acted likewise. From Vatican Insider.  See more.  [Read more...]

Pope: “It is everyone’s Church!”

That’s the gist of his homily from this morning:  At the heart of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope said that the Church is “not only for good people;” the invitation to be a part of it [Read More...]

Cardinal Pell slams SSPX criticism of Pope Francis as “absolute rubbish”

Details from Gerard O’Connell at Vatican Insider:  The Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the eight cardinals that Pope Francis has chosen to advice  him, agreed to talk about his experience of their historic meeting (October 1-3) with the Holy Father on the understanding that “the only substantial information” available about that gathering is what Fr Federico [Read More...]

“The new head of the Roman Catholic Church is blowing everyone’s minds.”

With a grateful diaconal bow to Mark Shea, I offer some of what an Episcopal priest writes in a California paper: Put simply, the new head of the Roman Catholic Church is blowing everyone’s minds. He is saying and doing things that seem like fresh water in the midst of a desert. He is speaking [Read More...]


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