Vatican Hosts Hundreds of Homeless for Dinner

Details:  On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in his name by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal [Read More...]

The Blood of Christ, the Blood of Immigrants

For the pope’s visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, where scores of immigrants have died trying to reach safety, CNS notes: In his homily at an outdoor Mass, Pope Francis said he decided to visit Lampedusa, a small island with a population of 6,000 and just 70 miles from Tunisia, after seeing newspaper headlines [Read More...]

At Refuge for Migrants, Pope Condemns the “Globalization of Indifference”

From the Vatican news site:  In his homily at Mass celebrated with the residents of Lampedusa and the immigrants who have sought refuge there, Pope Francis spoke out against the “globalization of indifference” that leads to tragedies like the deaths of so many migrants seeking a better life. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s full text [Read More...]

Esquire magazine: “Pope Francis is Kind of Awesome”

The author, an atheist, is discovering what many of us already know:  There is serious upheaval in the Vatican, with outsiders brought into major positions of power, and Francis speaking openly of “a current of corruption” in the Curia, but, as an atheist, I don’t really care about any of that. I’m sure it takes [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “It hurts my heart when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model of car”

That and much more, from his impromptu remarks today to seminarians and novices:  Pope Francis on Saturday evening told future nuns and priests and consecrated laypeople to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, as he said: “There is no sadness in holiness”. Speaking to participants in a four-day international event for Seminarians, Novices and [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Don’t Be Afraid of Newness!”

From today’s homily:  In his Mass on Saturday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said being Christian “does not mean doing things, but allowing oneself to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.” The Pope emphasised that even in the life of the Church there are “ancient structures” to be renewed without fear. “New [Read More...]

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...]