Pope Francis on priest sex abuse: “I feel compelled…to personally ask for forgiveness…”

Strong words this morning: I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests, to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children. The Church is aware of this damage, [Read More...]

“Papa’s got a brand new bag”

  Photo: Paul Haring/CNS That’s the irresistible headline to this blog post from Tuesday by CNS’s Carol Glatz, describing the perfect gift the Holy Father received over the weekend: Parishioners in Rome gave Pope Francis a brand new black bag in the hopes that it would hold up for many years of traveling and serving [Read More...]

Vatican announces pope’s plans for Holy Thursday

From CNS: Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a Rome rehabilitation facility for the elderly and people with disabilities. He will preside over the Holy Thursday evening Mass and foot-washing ritual at the Father Carlo Gnocchi Foundation’s Our Lady of Providence Center on the outskirts of Rome, the [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]