Extra cheesy: the Pope Francis pizza box

Delicious:   West Deptford food packaging company has taken the plain pizza box and converted it into a welcome banner for Pope Francis in commemoration of his visit to Philadelphia later this month. Amanda Farese, director of marketing for Savona-Stavola — a company that provides food packaging products — has used her artistic abilities to create original artwork for pizzerias and restaurants in the [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: Sowing divisions is a sickness in the Church; “gossiping is like terrorism”

From today’s homily:  Pope Francis says sowing divisions and discord is a sickness within the Church and described a person who indulges in gossip as like a terrorist who throws bombs. His comments came during his homily at his Friday (4th September) Mass in the Santa Marta residence. Taking his inspiration from St Paul’s letter [Read More…]

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Making a spectacle: What happened when the pope went to buy a new pair of glasses?

This: Details: Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican Thursday for a personal — and very normal — errand: New glasses. Francis arrived at dusk at the Ottica Spiezia on swank Via del Babuino in his Ford Focus, accompanied by his bodyguard and some plainclothes police, witness Daniel Soehe said. Shop owner Alessandro Spiezia told [Read More…]

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Must-see video: first clip from pope’s satellite conference on ABC

In a word: wonderful. Just watch. ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos [Read more…]

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For Year of Mercy, pope allows all priests to grant absolution for abortion, permits confession with SSPX priests

From a long letter on the jubilee issued today: The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in [Read More…]

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Must-see TV: Pope Francis answers questions from Americans on ABC Friday

Kate O’Hare has the scoop: In a special edition of ABC News’ “20/20,” airing Friday, Sept. 4, anchor David Muir — who was raised Catholic, but no word on whether he still practices the Faith — sits down at the Vatican with Pope Francis to answer satellite questions from Americans, in advance of the pontiff’s first visit to the U.S. in [Read More…]

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Philadelphia’s “pope soap”?

The manufacturer, Duross & Langel, notes: Please forgive this bit of cheek but each bar is hand made with holy water. The money we raise through the sale of these soaps goes to Catholic Social Services Children’s Bureau. An item in Philadelphia magazine adds: All proceeds from the sale of these soaps will go to Catholic Social [Read More…]

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Francis: beware those who claim to be “very Catholic”

From his Angelus remarks Sunday: Pope Francis has strongly criticized Catholics who brag that they are perfect followers of the church’s teachings but then criticize or speak ill of others in their faith communities, saying they cause scandal and even offer a “counter-witness” to Jesus. “We all know in our communities, in our parishes, in [Read More…]

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At the World Meeting of Families: How do you give communion to a million people?

View image | gettyimages.com Here’s an interesting glimpse behind the scenes, from Philly.com—including a detail that has lately been making the rounds on social media: that the pope is expected to say Mass in Latin. Read on:  When more than 1,500 priests and deacons descend from Pope Francis’ altar on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway next month [Read More…]

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Papal kitsch didn’t begin with Pope Francis—UPDATED

A few observers have marveled that the visit of Pope Francis has sparked a rush on kitschy souvenirs:  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which will host the meeting, feels that the more lighthearted items are very appropriate to the fun-loving cleric and the joyfulness of the occasion, according to Joan Doyle, a retail consultant to cultural organizations who [Read More…]

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