Worth a thousand words: “Peter and Andrew”—UPDATED

A beautiful and poignant image from yesterday: Details: At the end of his speech, Pope Francis asked for Patriarch Bartholomew’s blessing and bowed down before him to receive it. Bartholomew then kissed Francis on the head. And so, the second day of the papal visit concluded with a highly symbolic gesture. Night had already fallen [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: the pope’s silent pro-life statement in Korea

Details:  Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion, arguing that the church’s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he’d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: grief over the tragedy in Ukraine

A colleague forwarded to me this tweet. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: what cool dads do

If this isn’t worth a thousand words, nothing is. From a web page devoted to “Classy People from the Past Who Remind Us What ‘Cool’ Is” comes this memorable picture of the most powerful man in the world carrying his daughter’s doll.  I’d never seen this before. I’ll never forget it now. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: one last look

From Deacon Sean Keller’s FB feed comes this poignant picture, snapped in Washington state: Snohomish County Firefighters recently responded on a mission of mercy to an elderly hospice patient, and former forest ranger who wished once more to see his beloved great outdoors. Working with hospice, firefighters granted that wish, wheeling the man up and [Read More...]

Welcome to New York

From a friend’s Facebook page. Spotted in midtown Manhattan this weekend. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words, Lent edition

In Baton Rouge, via Rod Dreher. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: a little pope

H/T to John Thavis.  [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: blessed are the peacemakers

Orthodox priest trying to prevent a clash between demonstrators and police in Kiev.  (Source via Reddit). Photo by Sergei Supinsky / AFP/Getty Images [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words: Protestants praying over a future pope

With all the controversy that swirled around this image of Cardinal O’Malley, a reader reminded me of the picture below. It surfaced shortly after Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope. Description:  On June 19, 2006, the Third Fraternal Encounter of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics was held in Luna Park stadium in Buenos [Read More...]