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...]

Reports of Rise in Confession: The Francis Effect?

He’s evidently having an impact, according to CNS:  The head of the Vatican office promoting new evangelization said that while he does not like the terms “Francis effect” or “Francis bump,” it is true that “Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of many people.” Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for [Read More...]

Pope Francis on Apostolic Zeal: “If We Annoy People, Blessed Be the Lord…”

A report on today’s homily:  Saint Paul was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass Thursday morning, and in particular his talent at ‘being a nuisance’, at unsettling people who had grown too comfortable in their faith and imbuing within them that Apostolic zeal that is necessary for the Church to move forward. Pope [Read More...]

Come, Holy Spirit: Pope Releases Doves Presented to Him by Pilgrims

Details: Two doves celebrated their freedom with a soaring flight over St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, all thanks to Pope Francis. As Francis toured the square in his open-topped popemobile at his weekly public audience, someone in the crowd thrust a white bird cage with two doves inside at him. Looking puzzled, his security detail [Read More...]

Pope Francis: the story so far

This weekend marks the Holy Father’s two-month anniversary (!).  Vatican Insider sums it up so far: What has Bergoglio done in the two months since he was elected Pope and what kind of a Pope has he been? Fondness and confessions The wave of affection for the new Pope is undeniable, with requests to attend [Read More...]

Pope Francis on joy: melancholy Christians are like “pickled peppers”

His message from today’s daily homily, via Vatican Radio:  Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that [Read More...]

Pope Francis to nuns: “Be a mother, not an old maid”

From CNS:  Pope Francis told 800 superiors of women’s orders from around the world that the Catholic Church needs religious women and that religious women need to be in harmony with the faith and teachings of the church. “What would the church be without you?” the pope told the women May 8. “It would be [Read More...]

The Kissing Pope

This pontiff loves to hug and kiss—especially babies, the disabled, the handicapped. Watch some of the video below from today’s General Audience and you can’t help but be charmed and moved by his affection for people—and theirs for him. For the full audience, watch below.     [Read more...]

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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X