Pope Francis Will Make First Trip to Assisi

From CNS:  Pope Francis will visit the birthplace of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, on the saint’s feast day, Oct. 4. The Vatican confirmed the trip May 23. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi said he was thrilled about the visit and that it was “a great sign” of the pope’s benevolence and consideration. “It [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical: “Blessed Are the Poor”?

An interesting tidbit from Rorate Caeli: Following his recent visit ad limina with the bishops of his region, the Bishop of Molfetta (Apulia, Italy), Luigi Martella, spoke of the conversation they had with the new Pope, including the following: Then, he spoke to us about Benedict XVI with such tenderness: “When I met him for [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Christian originality is this, each as he is, with the gifts the Lord has given him”

Details:  That Christians might spread the spiritual salt of faith, hope and charity: this was Pope Francis’ exhortation at Mass Thursday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. The Pope warned against the risk of becoming insipid, “Museum-piece Christians.” In his homily, Pope Francis focused on the savour that [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “The Lord Has Redeemed All of Us…Even Atheists!”

Details:  During the Mass he celebrates every morning at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, which he carried out this morning together with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, Pope Francis spoke about doing good as a principle that unites all humanity. The pontiff began his reflection with today’s Gospel about the disciples who wanted to prevent a [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Prayer Works Wonders, But We Have to Believe!”

Highlights from the pope’s homily for Monday: Courageous, humble and strong prayer can accomplish miracles: this was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope was commenting on Monday’s Gospel passage which recounts the disciples failure to heal a child; Jesus himself must intervene and laments the disbelief of those present. [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “We all chat in church!”

Specifically, he was talking about meddling and gossip.  From his homily Saturday: The Christian must overcome the temptation to “interfere in the lives of others,” was the exhortation of Pope Francis at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also stressed that talk and envy do so much harm to the Christian [Read More...]

Our Pope, the Page-Turner

Pope Francis has sparked a mini publishing boom.  And recently I looked at three new books about him:  While people may have different opinions about Pope Francis, we can all agree on this: he has been very good for the publishing industry. In the short time since his election and inauguration, publishers have rushed to [Read More...]

Los Angeles Priest Gets a Letter from the Pope

You may remember the inspiring story of a Jesuit priest in Los Angeles, who sent to the pope some letters from juvenile offenders. Well, the pope wrote back.   The priest who started the ball rolling, Fr. Mike Kennedy, SJ, tells what happened: May 4 was a regular day until I started opening my mail. [Read More...]

Argentinian Tennis Player Gives Pope Francis His Racket

A sweet moment from earlier in the week, via Rome Reports. Watch video below. [Read more...]

Buenos Aires Launches Pope Francis Bus Tour

The latest brainstorm in Argentina uses one of the pontiff’s favorite forms of transportation to tour high points of his life. From the AP:  The tour leaves out the gritty slums where Bergoglio’s church was a frequent benefactor, but there’s a nod to his reputation for ministering to society’s outcasts: a swing past the Devoto [Read More...]