Pope announces extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy

From CNS:  Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.”“No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica. “I [Read More...]

In new interview, Pope Francis talks about his pontificate: “I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time”

Vatican Radio has just posted its translation of a wide-ranging interview Pope Francis has done with Valentina Alazraki, from the Mexican broadcaster Televisa,to mark the two-year anniversary of his election as pope.  The pontiff covers a wide range of topics. In the section below, he describes the night of his election: The journalist  asks if it [Read More...]

Pope to wash feet of male and female prisoners on Holy Thursday—UPDATED

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis will visit inmates and staff of a Rome prison on Holy Thursday, April 2.   The Prefecture of the Papal Household reports that the Pope will visit the new complex of the Casa Circondariale Rebibbia in the Rome suburbs, and celebrate the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at the “Padre [Read More...]

“This is how the Lord acts: He does things simply…”

“This is how the Lord acts: He does things simply. He speaks silently to you, to the heart. Let us remember in our lives the many time we have felt these things: the humility of God is His style; the simplicity of God is His style. And even in the liturgical celebration, in the sacraments, [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “The whip of Jesus with us is his mercy”

In the Angelus address Sunday, Pope Francis offered this take on Jesus cleansing the temple: In this time of Lent we are preparing for the celebration of Easter, when we will renew the promises of our Baptism. Let us travel in the world as Jesus did, and let us make our whole existence a sign of [Read More...]

50 years ago today: Pope Paul VI celebrates first Mass in the vernacular

Pope Francis will be commemorating that historic event at the place where it happened. And Rome Reports offers some context. See below. Photo from Vatican Radio [Read more...]

John Allen: “Mercy is the spiritual bedrock of this papacy”

Crux has just published the introduction to a new book by John Allen, “The Francis Miracle.” One compelling detail describes the pope’s May 2013 visit to a parish on the northern outskirts of Rome: The pontiff was scheduled to arrive at 9:30 a.m., but the pastor, a balding, amiable Romanian immigrant named Fr. Benoni Ambarus, heard the rotor [Read More...]

Pew Research: Pope’s popularity continues to grow in U.S., with 95% favorable rating among Catholics

From Pew:  Nearly two years after becoming the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis continues to grow more popular among Americans. Fully nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics now say they have a favorable view of Francis, including nearly six-in-ten who have a “very favorable” view. Francis’ favorability rating among U.S. Catholics is comparable to ratings for [Read More...]

Pope Francis: judge yourself

From his homily this morning, via Vatican Radio:  It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The readings of the day focused on the subject of mercy. [Read More...]

Habitat for Humanity to build a Pope Francis House

From The St. Louis Review:  Habitat for Humanity St. Louis will begin building The Pope Francis House next month in the Tiffany Neighborhood in south St. Louis for a family currently living in substandard housing. An anonymous donor sponsored The Pope Francis House with $60,000 gift, seeking to inspire the St. Louis community to raise [Read More...]