Queens street renamed for Pope John Paul II

From the In My Backyard Desk, via the New York Daily News: Years before he donned his papal robes, John Paul II spent time at a Maspeth church with ties to the Polish community. That visit to Holy Cross Church will be honored when 59th Road in Maspeth is co-named “Pope John Paul II Way..” [Read More…]

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Students ask pope: “What makes you afraid?”

He gave a brief interview to a group of students. It was broadcast on Belgian TV yesterday. And today, the blog In Caelo et in Terra has a transcript: “We are all humans, and we make mistakes. What did your mistakes teach you?” “I have made mistakes (laughs), and I still make them. They say man is the [Read More…]

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Pope’s advice to married couples: “It’s not necessary to call the United Nations to broker a peace.”

This guy slays me. From his Wednesday audience.  You can read more about it here. But watch his talk below. [Read more…]

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How Pope Francis is rebranding the Catholic Church

From columnist Michael Gerson: A year ago, the prevailing narrative about the Catholic Church could hardly have been worse — pedophile priests, financial misdeeds, the arrest of the pope’s butler, for goodness’ sake. The Holy Spirit seemed to be on an extended vacation. Pope Francis’ “most important accomplishment so far,” said Allen, is a “massive [Read More…]

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Obama gives Pelosi rosary blessed by Pope Francis

From The Washington Times:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, criticized last year by a Vatican official for her support of abortion, received a rosary Tuesday from President Obama that was blessed by Pope Francis. Mrs. Pelosi told reporters of the president’s gift after having lunch with Mr. Obama at the White House. The president met with the pope last [Read More…]

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Vatican UN rep notes “great warmth” in meeting between Obama and Pope Francis

David Gibson over at RNS picks up on some interesting observations via Vatican Radio, following the meeting last week between President Obama and Pope Francis: Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said that in the wake of the meeting, the Catholic Church and the Obama administration could now develop [Read More…]

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Politicians aligning with Pope Francis: “He’s saying things I want my church to stand for”

Are we seeing a “Francis Effect” in American politics?  Check out this story from today’s Boston Globe: From the beginning, Representative Jim McGovern’s political life was entwined with his Catholic faith. As a young aide to Democratic Representative Joe Moakley in the early 1990s, McGovern led an investigation into the murders of six Jesuits and [Read More…]

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Pope: don’t be tourists on the journey of faith

From his homily this morning: Reflecting on the day’s readings from Isaiah and St John’s Gospel Pope Francis distinguished between three different types of Christians and how they live their spiritual lives. Before God asks anything of us, the Pope said, He always promises us a new life of joy, so the essence of our [Read More…]

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Pope to confessors: “The heart of a priest is a heart that knows how to be moved”

From the Vatican, Pope Francis’ remarks to participants in a “Course on the Internal Forum,” dealing with reconciliation and the ministry of confessors: You are called to always be “men of the Holy Spirit,” witnesses and heralds, joyful and strong, of the resurrection of the Lord. This testimony is read on the face, is heard [Read More…]

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What should you wear to meet the pope?

CNS sent out the picture below this morning.  It’s unusual, I thought, to see a woman (in this case, Susan Rice) meeting the pope while she’s wearing both pants and a veil. I posted it on Facebook and it got a lot of comment—many wondering why it was such a big deal for a woman [Read More…]

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