What do “Benedict’s converts” think of Pope Francis?

View image | gettyimages.com   An intriguing question, and Aleteia looks for some answers: Francis has made a name for himself by transforming the Church in the eyes of much of the world. Although the majority of Francis’ changes have been merely cosmetic (one man cannot reinvent a 2,000 year old institution, and the world [Read More...]

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Jim Gaffigan: “I’m a practicing Catholic, and my wife will tell you, I need the practice”

The comedian will be performing for Pope Francis next weekend, and has a few thoughts about being Catholic:  I’m Catholic — a practicing Catholic, and my wife will tell you, I need the practice. I hope the Pope understands. …It’s not easy being a Catholic today in America. It’s a little like being a Cubs fan [Read More...]

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Pope Francis on the vocation of service

View image | gettyimages.com From his Sunday homily in Cuba, words that should have special resonance for deacons: Serving others chiefly means caring for their vulnerability. Caring for the vulnerable of our families, our society, our people. Theirs are the suffering, fragile and downcast faces which Jesus tells us specifically to look at and which [Read More...]

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Pope reveals he wears cross of martyred Iraqi priest

From AFP:  Pope Francis revealed Thursday that he now wears a cross that belonged to a Iraqi priest who was wearing it when he was slain for his faith. He said he had been given it by another Iraqi priest he met on St Peter’s square. “It is a cross this priest had in his [Read More...]

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Vatican welcomes first refugee family

From Vatican Radio: A Vatican statement on Friday (18th September) said a Syrian refugee family, is already being hosted by the Vatican with the help of the city state’s Santa Anna parish community.  The family, consisting of a father, mother and their two children, come from Damascus and belong to the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. [Read More...]

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Philladelphia adds more “LOVE” for Pope Francis

Details from Philly.com: On Tuesday morning, atop the cinematic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, officials will unveil a special loan, in honor of Pope Francis – a monumental bilingual version of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture. AMOR will overlook the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where Pope Francis will conduct his papal Mass on Sunday, Sept. 27. Officials [Read More...]

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Advice from a priest on how to cover the papal visit

Roy Peter Clark, of the Poynter Institute, decided to ask his parish priest for advice on how to cover the visit of Pope Francis.  His pastor happens to be Msgr. Robert Gibbons, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and he brings an unusual perspective:  Monsignor Gibbons has been a Catholic priest in Florida since 1981. For the [Read More...]

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“I’m sorry, Pope Francis, this is America and we speak English!”

That’s the exact quote of an email I received from a family member the other day; she was offended that Pope Francis would be giving only a few of his speeches here next week in English. Most will be delivered in his native language, Spanish.  Is he trying to make some sort of political statement? [Read More...]

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White House guest list to meet the pope: “A stunning show of political indecorum”—UPDATED

It’s a guest list that is, in a word, interesting. Thomas Williams calls it “a stunning show of political indecorum,” and takes note on Breitbart:  One of the invitees, retired Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, made history by becoming the first openly gay episcopal bishop in 2003 and subsequently the first to divorce his gay partner in [Read More...]

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Found in translation: meet the pope’s English translator, bracing for the spotlight

From The New York Times:  On a blustery day in January this year, Pope Francis appeared before thousands of worshipers in Tacloban City, the Philippines, and asked for permission to give his address in Spanish.  “I have a translator, a good translator. May I do that? May I?” he asked in heavily accented English. When the crowd [Read More...]

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