Blessed Paul VI, pray for us

As the celebration of his beatification draws near tomorrow, let us whisper a grateful prayer for the man who 47 years ago authorized the restoration of the diaconate as a permanent order. “Let the deacons, as those who serve the mysteries of Christ and of the Church, abstain from all vice and endeavor to be [Read More…]

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For first time, Sistine Chapel to be rented out for corporate event

Details:  Pope Francis has for the first time allowed the Sistine Chapel to be rented out for a private corporate event, with the proceeds to go to charities working with the poor and homeless. The concert, to be performed amid the splendour of Michelangelo’s frescoes on Saturday, will be attended by a select group of [Read More…]

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Church militant?

Here’s something different, via CNS:  The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Oct. 13 ordered all military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary for the safe visit of Pope Francis to their country in January.Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. gave the directive during an Oct. 13 Mass at the military headquarters cathedral to commemorate [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: Beware “cosmetic spirituality” and “every disordered desire”

From this morning’s homily:  Pope Francis said Mass on Tuesday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta guesthouse in the Vatican. In remarks to the faithful following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the need for authenticity in Christian living, saying that faith is not only a “cosmetic” matter, but [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Be open to God’s surprises” and the signs of the times

In what may be an especially timely commentary, given events of the last few hours, Pope Francis offered this reflection at this morning’s Mass: Be open to God’s surprises, not closed to the signs of the times and remember holy law is not an end in itself. This was Pope Francis’ message this morning at [Read More…]

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Bookies favor pope to win Nobel Peace Prize

Check this out:  Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. The Argentine pope is currently the 5-2 favorite to win the award, which the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, will announce Friday, according to British bookmaker William Hill. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power also [Read More…]

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Pope to bishops at synod launch: “Say everything that you feel with frankness.”

Details:  During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of saying what they truly think, and that only by doing this can they reach real conclusions.“You have to say all that which in the Lord you feel you have to say: without human respect, [Read More…]

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Francis hails Benedict as “the grandfather of all grandfathers”

From Catholic News Agency:  Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.”“I have said many times that it gives me [Read More…]

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That radical Pope Francis makes more shocking appointments

Details:  Pope Francis has nominated new members of the International Theological Commission, in addition to renewing the five year mandate of several previously serving members. One of two Americans is Capuchin friar Fr. Thomas Weinandy, about whom Wikipedia notes: Father Weinandy assisted in the development of content for an iPhone app to guide Catholics through the act [Read More…]

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“Let us pray this evening for reconciliation and peace…”

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This, dear brothers and sisters, allows us to enter [Read More…]

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