Pope Francis to sex abuse survivors: “I beg your forgiveness”

From his homily this morning, where six survivors of clerical sex abuse were present: The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation…  Peter whose eyes meet the gaze of Jesus and weeps…  This scene comes to my mind as I look at you, and think of so many men and women, boys [Read More...]

Defying pope, church parade detours past home of convicted mobster

Details:  In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as “deplorable and disgusting.” He praised three Carabinieri policemen who [Read More...]

For the first time, woman to become rector of pontifical university in Rome

Details:  She was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that [Read More...]

Report: Vatican called Massachusetts mother whose son died from seizure

Details:  She called Pope Francis, and believes he answered. A Massachusetts woman, grieving the sudden death of her 25-year-old son, received an unexpected voicemail last week: a message from the Vatican offering condolences over the loss of her child. Stephany Nicolo, of Wakefield, Mass., told FoxNews.com that a message was left on her cellphone Friday [Read More...]

Pope Francis holds last General Audience of summer

Details: Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday – the last before the suspension of the event for the summer. The Holy Father dedicated his catechetical reflections to the second installment in his series on the Church. Specifically, Pope Francis focused on the Church’s public and universal nature, and in particular on the [Read More...]

Why did the pope hop out of his car?

  You’ve seen the wonderful video.  Now, Huffington Post has the story:  Pope Francis immediately halted his motorcade when a group of people with signs caught his attention. The banners read, “Please Pope stop here to see an angel who has been waiting for you,” and, “Please come and bless little Roberta.” The family of Roberta, a [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “There is nothing more beautiful for a man than to be called to the priesthood”

From Vatican Radio: “I have very much desired this meeting with you who bear the daily burden of parish work” Pope Francis said on Saturday, greeting the priests of the Diocese of Cassano all’Jonio. In his address, the Holy Father spoke to the assembled clerics about “the joy of being a priest.” There is nothing [Read More...]

A refrain I hear again and again from people everywhere: “I gotta say, I love this pope…”

It’s a refrain I’ve heard again and again from people everywhere. I hear it from Catholics, from Presbyterians, from Jews, from non-believers—even from people who profess no belief in God at all. When they find out what I do, and learn about my role in the Church, the first they thing tell me is: “I’ve [Read More...]

Pope declares Mafia members excommunicated

Details, from Reuters:  Pope Francis on Saturday took on one of Italy’s most dangerous organized crime groups, calling it an example of “the adoration of evil” and saying Mafiosi “are excommunicated”. The pope, speaking about the ‘Ndrangheta crime group during a mass in the southern Italy, issued the strongest attacks on organized crime since the [Read More...]

Pope opposes making recreational drug use legal

Details:  Pope Francis spoke out Friday against legalizing recreational drugs, telling participants at the International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome that, “Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.” As public opinion shifts on the use of recreational drugs, two U.S. states have made marijuana use legal and [Read More...]