In Rare Move, Pope Waives Second Miracle for John XXIII Canonization—UPDATED

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of Blessed John XXIII. And for the first time in nearly 60 years, not one but two popes are about to become saints. From Vatican Radio:  Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised [Read More...]

Pope Francis Releases “Light of Faith,” First Encyclical

Reaction and analysis is pouring in. From John Allen:  In what Pope Francis has referred to as a document written by “four hands,” meaning his and those of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, the new pope’s first encyclical insists that Christian faith “must be professed in all its purity and integrity,” but also strikes a  pose of open arms [Read More...]

Pope’s First Trip Outside Rome: “Anything But Casual”

If you’re wondering about the Holy Father’s first planned trip outside of Rome next week, John Allen puts it in context:  For Europeans, especially Italians, the southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa has become what the deserts along the Mexican/U.S. border have long been for Americans — the scene of appalling humanitarian tragedies as desperate migrants [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Finding the “Wounds of Christ” in the Street

From the pope’s homily today: “In the history of the Church there have been some mistakes made on the path towards God. Some have believed that the Living God, the God of Christians can be found on the path of meditation, indeed that we can reach higher through meditation. That’s dangerous! How many are lost [Read More...]

Pope Francis’s First Encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” to be Released Friday

Rocco has the scoop:  At a pre-Noon briefing today, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis’ first encyclical, entitled Lumen Fidei – “The Light of Faith” – will be released this Friday, 5 July. A trio of Vatican heavyweights – the prefect of Bishops, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the CDF chief Archbishop Gerhard Müller and the president [Read More...]

Pope Francis Praises Benedict’s “Courage” in Retiring, Calls on Faithful to Follow Conscience

Details:  Pope Francis on Sunday praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for courageously following his conscience in deciding to retire. Benedict became the first pontiff in 600 years to quit the post when he resigned in February, paving the way for Francis’ election as pope two weeks later. By lauding Benedict’s surprise choice to step down, [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Dialogue Doesn’t Distance Us from Truth”

From today:  “Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, which had arrived in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and [Read More...]

Cardinal Pell: “The Pope does not want the Vatican to be seen as a Renaissance court”

Details from Vatican Insider: The cardinal archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, in Rome for various meetings in the Vatican, granted me this interview on June 24, in which he shared his impressions on Pope Francis’s first 100 days in office and discussed the reform of the Roman Curia. “We’ve got a different type of Pope” who [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “We Are All Equal”

From today’s General Audience:  Today I would like briefly to refer to one more picture that helps us to illustrate the mystery of the Church: that of the temple (cf. Lumen Gentium, 6). What does the word, ‘temple’ call to mind? It makes us think of a building, a construction. In particular, it recalls to [Read More...]

“We’re Settling into a Fascinating Pontificate…”

So says veteran Vaticanista John Thavis. I was lucky enough to hear him offer that assessment in person, last week in Denver. Fortunately, he’s also published it on his blog:  I don’t want to recap Pope Francis’ 100-day “greatest hits” here. Instead, I’d like to identify a few core characteristics and directions that seem to [Read More...]