Pope Francis Meets Archbishop of Canterbury

Below, the text of his remarks following the meeting:  Your Grace, Dear Friends, On the happy occasion of our first meeting, I make my own the words of Pope Paul VI, when he addressed Archbishop Michael Ramsey during his historic visit in 1966: “Your steps have not brought you to a foreign dwelling … we [Read More...]

“It Feels Good!”: For First Time as Pope, Francis Celebrates Mass in His Native Spanish

From today’s homily:  May the Lord grant us the grace to watch our tongues and be careful of what we say of others, because through our weakness and sin, we often find it easier to insult and denigrate than say or do good. This was the lesson at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday [Read More...]

“Solidarity” and “Encounter” Become Themes in Francis’ Papacy

After mentioning his desire for a “culture of encounter” a few weeks ago—specifically in regard to atheists— and emphasizing the need for “a culture of solidarity and encounter”  recently in connection with the poor, Pope Francis used the terms again in a recorded address for the blind: This morning the Holy Father sent the following audio [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Religious Freedom is More Often Declared Than Achieved”

From CNS: Religious freedom is talked about more than it is protected, Pope Francis said. “The serious violations inflicted on this basic right are causes of serious concern,” and the world’s nations must act together to uphold “the intangible dignity of the human person against every attack,” he said. The pope made his comments during [Read More...]

When Was the Last Time a Pope Did THIS?—UPDATED

From CNS, tweeting about the pope’s meeting with students today: Pope ditches prepared speech saying it wud be “too boring.” Opts for 30 min Q&A w/ students from Jesuit schools. Personally, I’m looking forward to the write-through on this one.  Meantime, you can read what he was supposed to say here.   UPDATE: Vatican Radio [Read More...]

Benedict: “I’m fine. I live like a monk.”

A friend visited the retired pope and offered this report about his new life, according to Catholic World News: “I’m fine. I live like a monk,” Benedict XVI told an old German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on the Vatican grounds. Manfred Lutz, a German scholar [Read More...]

Where Will Pope Francis Spend His Summer Vacation?

Turns out it will be a “stay-cation”:  Pope Francis will remain at the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican, even during the summer months. The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ affirmed the Holy Father’s intentions after presenting the Pope’s summer schedule on Thursday. Fr. Lombardi also [Read More...]

An Evangelical Writes: “He’s Our Francis, Too”

Timothy George. the dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, writes in Christianity Today: We see already an intimation of Saint Francis in Pope Francis. There is his simple apparel: black street shoes instead of the calfskin red of his predecessors, simple white cassock minus gold-embroidered accessories. In addition, a pope who lives in [Read More...]

The Pope Quotes The Anchoress?

Well, maybe not exactly. But he comes very close to it. He uses the central thesis of her new book as a springboard for today’s homily:  As is custom the Pope reflected on the daily readings and the Gospel episode that recounts the scribe who approached Jesus to ask which, in his opinion, “is the [Read More...]

Francis: A Pope for the Age of Twitter

A great insight from Elizabeth Tenety at the Washington Post:  In homilies and speeches in the months since assuming the Seat of Saint Peter, Pope Francis has demonstrated his simple style applies not only to his dress and living accommodations –but to the words he uses to share the faith. A few recent examples: Eternity “will not be boring.” [Read More...]