John Allen: “Are we looking at the American Pope Francis in Chicago?”

The veteran Vatican watcher assesses this weekend’s big news over at Crux:  There’s nothing a pope does as fundamental to shaping culture in the Catholic Church as appointing bishops, and that’s especially true for major pace-setting venues around the world. Chicago is on a short list with Milan, Paris, and Westminster as spots where popes [Read More…]

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Pope establishes commission to reform annulment process

This is huge. From Vatican Radio:  The Holy See Press Office on Saturday announced Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission  for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law. The decision was made on August 2, 2014. This Committee will be chaired by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, Dean [Read More…]

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For sale on eBay: the pope’s zucchetto!

Place your bids now:  It’s a good thing this pope wears more than one hat. Pope Francis’ white skullcap is selling for close to $130,000 on eBay, after an Italian TV show host managed to finagle it out of his holy hands. The host of the comedy show “La lene” (The Hyenas) got up in the [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “If preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless…”

Wise words for all of us, from today’s homily:   The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more, he is [Read More…]

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Do you use intinction?

I’ve never see this done in parishes around the United States, but Fr. Z took note of this practice during yesterday’s big wedding Mass at St. Peter’s: His Holiness, again, did not seem to distribute Communion. He doesn’t, you know. However, deacons distributed under both kinds and by intinction. Thus, no Communion in the hand.  Nota [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “War is madness”

He made his comments during a visit to a memorial to soldiers killed in World War I. Details from AP:  Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning “war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers [Read More…]

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Pope will preside at wedding of Catholics living together, couples with children

From CNS:   Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica [Read More…]

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Argentine stadium to be named for Pope Francis

This may be a first for a pontiff. From the BBC: Argentine football club San Lorenzo has announced it will name its new stadium after Pope Francis. The pontiff has supported the Buenos Aires-based team since he was a boy. San Lorenzo, one of the oldest teams in the Argentine Football Association, is planning to [Read More…]

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Pope names two Americans to key posts on sex abuse reform

From John Allen in Crux:  ​Two priests from the United States, one with ties to Chicago and the other a veteran of the Boston archdiocese, have been named to key Vatican roles by Pope Francis in his clean-up effort with regard to the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals. ​Fr. Robert Oliver, who served as a [Read More…]

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Pope sends condolences to family of Steven Sotloff

From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis has expressed his sorrow for the death of slain US journalist Steven Sotloff, urging people everywhere to reject violence, aggression and lack of compassion. His words came in a telegram of condolences addressed to Sotloff’s family and signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of [Read More…]

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