In Manila, helping the homeless get ready for the pope

From the CNS blog, this is remarkable:   Everyone — rich or poor — wants to look his or her best when greeting the pope. Today volunteers at a three-year-old program to assist the homeless at Manila’s Ermita Church made sure their clients will be ready for the pope’s arrival Thursday. The program, run by the Knights [Read More...]

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Pope to diplomatic corps: “Every war is emblematic of the throwaway culture”

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis has called on the international community to take concrete steps to bring about peace and to protect all those who are victims of war and persecution. In  a wide-ranging discourse to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, the Pope focused on a series of urgent issues which [Read More...]

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In new interview, pope defends his criticism of the global economy

From National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis strongly defends his repeated criticisms of the global market economy in a new interview released Sunday, rebutting those who accuse him of “pauperism” by saying he is only repeating Jesus’ message of caring for the poor. “Jesus affirms that you cannot serve two masters, God and wealth,” Francis states [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: Don’t forget the Holy Spirit!

“Dove of the Holy Spirit” by Bernini (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican, via Wikipedia) From Vatican Radio: Remember to pray to the Holy Spirit: this was the message Pope Francis had for pilgrims and tourists who braved the drear and drizzle of a January morning in Rome, to [Read More...]

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Must-see video: famed Cebu prison dancers practice routine for Pope Francis

You may remember these orange-clad dancers from their iconic performance of “Thriller” some years back: Some background: CPDRC Dancing Inmates or the CPDRC dancers is a collective of prison inmates in Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), a maximum security prison in Cebu, in Cebu Province, Philippines where the prisoners perform dance routines as part of their daily exercise and rehabilitation, and many of their [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: Zen, yoga and catechism classes won’t open your heart; turn instead to the Holy Spirit

Yogi seated in garden c. 1620-40 (from Columbia University / U.S. Public Domain / Wikipedia) From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis said only the Holy Spirit has the power to open our hearts to God and his love and not thousands of yoga sessions or Zen spirituality courses. His words came during his homily at morning [Read More...]

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Philippine traffic officers will wear diapers during papal visit

Seriously? From RTE: Philippine traffic officers and crowd control personnel are to wear adult diapers on the job during next week’s visit of Pope Francis. They will spend long hours marshalling crowds expected to run into the millions, authorities said this morning. The nappies will ensure that about a thousand of the personnel can stay [Read More...]

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The pope meets with Cardinal Burke—and Angelina Jolie

Photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano From John Allen in Crux:  Pope Francis met two American media stars on Thursday, though of vastly different types and levels of celebrity: Actress Angelina Jolie, whose fame speaks for itself, and Cardinal Raymond Burke, a hero to conservative Catholic critics of the maverick pontiff. Jolie was in town to promote a new [Read More...]

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Recalling Oscar Romero, pope speaks of a “martyrdom of mothers”

It happened yesterday, during his catechesis during his audience. From Vatican Radio:  Reflecting on the role of mothers in society and in the Church, he pointed out that the Church too is a mother, “our mother” and that no believer is an orphan.  The Pope said that for all our symbolic glorification of mothers, their [Read More...]

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Report: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to meet the pope

From that venerable news source, Us Weekly:  Hollywood meets the Holy See! Tinseltown royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are taking a very special trip to Rome this month, not to eat pasta and tour the Colosseum, but to meet the Pope, an insider reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.   The A-listers will fly to Italy [Read More...]

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