Rape victim consoled by phone call from Pope Francis: “Now I know that I am not alone…”

He really is the world’s pastor. Read on:  A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her personally to tell her, “You are not alone.” “The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters [Read More...]

How life in the slums changed the Pope

A friend passed along a recent issue of The Tablet, the weekly magazine from the UK. It includes an excerpt from a new book on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely. Unfortunately, it’s only available online to subscribers. (You can visit the link here). But the excerpt charts the transformation [Read More...]

Bread of life: pope celebrates daily Mass with hosts made by women prisoners

Who knew? Details from CNS:  During summer vacation season, when there is no congregation of Vatican workers and no homily, Pope Francis continues to celebrate daily Mass in his residence and, since mid-July, has been using hosts made by women incarcerated in an Argentine prison. The hosts were delivered to the pope July 16 by [Read More...]

“Jesus does not exclude anyone…”

From Pope Francis today: Jesus tells us that there is a gate that allows us to enter into God’s family, into the warmth of the house of God, of communion with Him. This gate is Jesus himself (cf. Jn 10:9). He is the gate. He is the gateway to salvation. He leads us to the [Read More...]

Priests dissect pope’s comments: “When I was in seminary, these issues weren’t even on the radar”

Some reaction, from some clergy in Rhode Island, also yields insight and attitudes on co-habitation, gay marriage and gays serving as godparents. From the Providence Journal:  In a church that continues to hold homosexual behavior to be a sin, [the pope's ] remarks on July 29 have left many local parish priests, the Catholic Church’s [Read More...]

CNBC host: “Do you think this pope is against the capitalist system?”

CNBC host Lawrence Kudlow—a Catholic convert—wonders if Pope Francis is opposed to the free market. Take a look at the clip below. Source. [Read more...]

Pope sends greetings to Muslims at close of Angelus

Details from Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis spoke to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square about how God’s love is our greatest treasure. He said today’s gospel reading from St Luke talks to us about our desire for a meeting with Christ, calling it a key aspect of human life. All of us, [Read More...]

The last words the cardinals heard before electing the pope

An interesting piece of papal history, via CNS:  The last formal exhortation to the 115 cardinals who elected Pope Francis in March included reminders of the importance of presenting the Catholic faith in its entirety, the need to recognize the errors of church members and the need for unity within the Catholic community. Maltese Cardinal [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley explains the pope’s silence on abortion

From National Catholic Reporter:  Pope Francis has not mentioned traditional hot-button Catholic issues like abortion because he prefers to emphasize that Catholics “love people” and are not “mean or old-fashioned,” Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has said. O’Malley, the only North American Francis asked to serve on a group of eight cardinals advising him on reforming [Read More...]

“One cannot announce Christ without the Church…”

From Pope Francis’s message for World Mission Sunday (October 20): The work of evangelization often finds obstacles, not only externally, but also from within the ecclesial community. Sometimes there is lack of fervour, joy, courage and hope in proclaiming the Message of Christ to all and in helping the people of our time to an [Read More...]