Experts say WYD crowd in Rio was not even half as big as reported

Details:  If measured in spirit, there is hardly a soul who would question the success of Pope Francis’ Mass on giant Copacabana beach last weekend. The count when it comes to the flesh-and-blood numbers of faithful who actually attended is an entirely different matter. The Vatican said an historic 3.7 million people were at the [Read More...]

Meet the man who sang at Rio’s Eucharistic Adoration: “The arms of St. Peter’s are really big”

It was a mesmerizing and deeply moving moment during the pope’s visit last week.  But who was the guy on his knees strumming the guitar? From Religion News Service:  Growing up Roman Catholic in Newfoundland, Matt Maher never imagined that his childhood interest in music would lead to a career as a Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Christian rocker — [Read More...]

Francis’s papacy in just one word

Photo: CNS And it’s: mercy. John Allen explores that theme and posts this singular quote from the pope’s presser on the plane:  “I believe this is the time of mercy. This change of epoch, also because of many problems of the church — such as the example of some priests who aren’t good, also the [Read More...]

Pope Francis to Muslims: “We are called to respect the religion of the other…”

The Vatican has just published Pope Francis’s message to Muslims for the close of Ramadan:  To Muslims throughout the World It gives me great pleasure to greet you as you celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr, so concluding the month of Ramadan, dedicated mainly to fasting, prayer and almsgiving. It is a tradition by now that, on this [Read More...]

On Pope Francis: “The press decided early on that he is humble, spontaneous, liberal, broad, pro-poor…”

One man’s view of the pope and the press:  The press is lazy. There’s not a great deal of depth or historical context there. Also, the press needs to sell newspapers and click throughs. To do this, it is best to have a narrative. Everything that happens has to fit into the narrative. The narrative begins [Read More...]

Before there were dancing bishops, there was THIS

Someone found this video below in a time capsule and shared it with me. From Sydney, Australia in 1986.  (Source of the above image, which is just too adorable for words.)   Enjoy. [Read more...]

Is Francis too radical for his flock?

That’s the provocative question at the heart of this piece from Foreign Policy:  While the Church still regards homosexual acts as sinful, no previous pope has offered a “who am I to judge?” response to the question of what to do with gay priests. Indeed, under the reign on Francis’s immediate predecessor, Benedict XVI, top [Read More...]

“Like it or not, religion is not going away…”

A compelling take on the world today—and tomorrow—from Michael Coren in the Toronto Sun: Chattering classes may swoon over the late Christopher Hitchens and pretend to have read Richard Dawkins, but nobody is going to die, or live in the real sense, for secular humanism and atheistic materialism. The dynamic, the driving force of, in [Read More...]

More Pope Reaction: “He is Leading with Mercy”

From the Washington Post comes this roundup of reaction to Pope Francis’s comments yesterday—including some astute thoughts from our own Eve Tushnet:  “Pope Francis’s brief comment on gays reveals great mercy,” said the Reverend James Martin, an influential Catholic commentator. ”That mercy, of course, comes from Jesus Christ. And we can never have enough of [Read More...]

Must-Read: Pope Francis on Problems Facing the Missionary Church

After yesterday’s bombshell, this may seem tame in comparison. But Rocco has helpfully posted the entire text of remarks Pope Francis made Sunday to CELAM, a group of bishops in Latin America. The section, I think, below deserves wider circulation. The decision for missionary discipleship will encounter temptation. It is important to know where the [Read More...]


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