New York Post changes its name for Pope Francis

It was just for one day but, heh, why not? Yesterday’s front page. Details here. News stand price: a buck. Souvenir value? Priceless. [Read more…]

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Why wasn’t Jesus mentioned in the U.N. speech?

Edward Pentin explains:  In common with Pope Francis’ addresses at the White House and to Congress, the Holy Father chose not to mention Jesus Christ in his speech this morning to the United Nations. It’s understandably causing quite a bit of head-scratching among some Catholic commentators who are keen to point out that the Pope speaks in the name of [Read More…]

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“Go out and meet others where they really are, not where we think they should be”

From Pope Francis’s homily Friday night at Madison Square Garden: Big cities…conceal the faces of all those people who don’t appear to belong, or are second-class citizens. In big cities, beneath the roar of traffic, beneath “the rapid pace of change”, so many faces pass by unnoticed because they have no “right” to be there, [Read More…]

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Pope Francis at Ground Zero: “O God of love, compassion and healing…”

  View image | gettyimages.com   Pope Francis’s Prayer at Ground Zero   [Full program here] O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and religious traditions, who gather today on this hallowed ground, the scene of unspeakable violence and pain. We ask you in your goodness to give [Read More…]

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Did the visit of Pope Francis affect John Boehner’s decision to resign?

Talking heads have been wondering about that this morning, and CNN has this fascinating detail: Boehner, who has presided over the House since 2011, explained during a closed-door meeting with Republicans Friday morning that he had only planned to serve two terms as speaker but decided to hold onto his post after then-House Majority Leader [Read More…]

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Pope Francis at the UN speaks of the “the sacredness of every human life”

View image | gettyimages.com Some high points: The simplest and best measure and indicator of the implementation of the new Agenda for development will be effective, practical and immediate access, on the part of all, to essential material and spiritual goods: housing, dignified and properly remunerated employment, adequate food and drinking water; religious freedom and, more generally, [Read More…]

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Colbert to Francis: “Welcome, Frank!”

He devoted his entire show last night to the visit of Pope Francis. A musical highlight, below. And, in what must be a late night first, one of America’s archbishops, Thomas Wenski of Miami, stopped by, too. [Read more…]

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On Francis’ pro-life message to the world: “Jesus isn’t just being butchered in the womb”

View image | gettyimages.com   My friend, pro-life activist and doctor Gerard Nadal, answers the critics of Pope Francis: For traditional Catholics, for pro-lifers, the visit by Pope Francis has been a series of missed opportunities. In his address to Congress not only did he make fleeting reference to abortion by stating the need for Americans to [Read More…]

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Pope to sisters: “What would the Church be without you? I love you very much”

View image | gettyimages.com From his homily Thursday night in St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Gratitude and hard work: these are two pillars of the spiritual life which I have wanted to share with you this evening. I thank you for prayers and work, and the daily sacrifices you make in the various areas of your apostolate. [Read More…]

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Citing Merton and Day, Pope Francis once again turns attention to the peripheries

When Pope Francis delivered his stirring speech to Congress this morning, he made particular mention of two American Catholics—and the two he chose probably raised a few eyebrows. Rather than spotlighting well-known American saints—say, Elizabeth Seton or Frances Cabrini—the Holy Father singled out two converts of the modern era, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Both are [Read More…]

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