Pope Francis: “A Christian who complains, they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no?”

From the Vatican news page:  A Christian who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become whiners. Christians should endure their difficulties in silence, in patience to bear witness to the joy of Christ. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Tuesday morning, during Mass with staff from the [Read More...]

“This is not the way the church should function”

A rather startling revelation yesterday from the upper reaches of the Vatican: The Vatican decision last year to place the main representative group of U.S. Catholic sisters under the control of bishops was made without consultation or knowledge of the Vatican office that normally deals with matters of religious life, the office’s leader said Sunday. [Read More...]

Is Pope Francis another John XXIII?

Vatican Insider spoke with Archbishop Loris Capovilla, who was Blessed John XXIII’s secretary. A snip: Francis called you to give you a very special greeting. Do you think he is following in Roncalli’s footsteps? “They have the same passion for people. In his last month on Earth, John XXIII had the outskirts of Rome brimming [Read More...]

That awkward moment when you realize everyone else got the “Friday Is Dress Like A Swiss Guard Day” memo and you didn’t…

From this morning’s Mass. Details here. A snip from the homily: “When the Church loses courage, the Church enters into a ‘lukewarm’ atmosphere. The lukewarm, lukewarm Christians, without courage … That hurts the Church so much, because this tepid atmosphere draws you inside, and problems arise among us; we no longer have the horizon, or [Read More...]

Welcome home

Retired Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at the Vatican May 2. The 86-year-old retired pontiff, who had been staying at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo since retiring Feb. 28, returned to the Vatican to live in a monastery in the Vatican Gardens. (CNS photo/L’Ossevatore Romano via Reuters) [Read more...]

Is this another papal first? Pope prays at tomb of St. Francis—by webcam

From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis wrote the comment “O Francis of Assisi, intercede for peace in our hearts” on a website after watching the live webcam the Conventual Franciscans have set up at the tomb of St. Francis. The pope sent the prayer, via a tablet, on the site sanfrancesco.org. The Pope posted the [Read More...]

Pope Francis says we need to let the Holy Spirit work: “He always does a nice job…”

From the Vatican news site:  When we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to work, divisions in the Church grow. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday morning concelebrated with Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige, the Archbishop of Colombo Sri Lanka, and staff from the Vatican Museums. Pope Francis focused on [Read More...]

Benedict moves back to the Vatican tomorrow

Break out the bubble wrap. Details from CNS: Retired Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to move into a remodeled convent at the Vatican May 2, the Vatican spokesman said. The spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said Pope Benedict would arrive at the Vatican in the early evening by helicopter, “weather permitting.” Pope Benedict has been [Read More...]

On feast of St. Joseph the Worker, pope pleads for an end to trafficking and slave labor

From the Vatican news site:  Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day this Wednesday May 1st, Pope Francis launched an urgent appeal to Christians and men and women of goodwill worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor. Speaking during the general audience in Italian he said : “I [Read More...]

Cardinal Bergoglio on denying communion

Before he became pope, he had some thoughts on the subject.  Fr. Thomas Reese explains in the National Catholic Reporter:  In On Heaven and Earth, the book he co-authored with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Cardinal Bergoglio wrote, “One could deny communion to a public sinner who has not repented, but it is very difficult to check such things.” [Read More...]


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