Pope Francis, Early Riser

From Vatican Insider: Francis’ alarm clock goes off at 4:45 every morning in room 201 in St. Martha’s House, when everything is still pitch black. Such an early start to the day means Francis has to have a siesta after lunch. Juan Perón called this time of rest an “almost liturgical must” which made it [Read More...]

The Salesian Who Baptized Jorge Bergoglio

A fascinating detail from his early life: The Italian daily Il Cittadino has unearthed the story of Father Enrico Pozzoli, a Salesian missionary from the province of Lodi who baptized young Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is today Pope Francis. The newspaper published an account of various episodes in the life of Bergoglio, including his baptism, [Read More...]

Following Pope’s Call, Priest Puts Mercedes Up for Sale

Any takers? Details:  It may be back to a bicycle for a Colombian priest who’s heeding Pope Francis’ call for austerity. The Rev. Hernando Fayid said he’s going to sell his white Mercedes Benz E200 convertible with a black top following the pope’s recent statement that it wounds his heart to see a priest in [Read More...]

“A Pope Like None Before”

That’s the headline accompanying this piece by veteran Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister, who offers his take on the early days of the Franciscan pontificate, and why there is a “benevolence of secular public opinion” toward him: One key element of Francis’s popularity is his personal credibility. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he lived in a modest [Read More...]

Why the Pope Went to Lampedusa

An interesting nugget or two here, from Cindy Wooden at CNS:  “I hope people understand the meaning of this gesture,” Pope Francis told his aides after arriving in Lampedusa yesterday. In what the Vatican newspaper described as the first pastoral trip of his pontificate, Pope Francis knew his arrival would create the climate of a celebration, [Read More...]

Vatican Hosts Hundreds of Homeless for Dinner

Details:  On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in his name by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal [Read More...]

At Refuge for Migrants, Pope Condemns the “Globalization of Indifference”

From the Vatican news site:  In his homily at Mass celebrated with the residents of Lampedusa and the immigrants who have sought refuge there, Pope Francis spoke out against the “globalization of indifference” that leads to tragedies like the deaths of so many migrants seeking a better life. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s full text [Read More...]

Esquire magazine: “Pope Francis is Kind of Awesome”

The author, an atheist, is discovering what many of us already know:  There is serious upheaval in the Vatican, with outsiders brought into major positions of power, and Francis speaking openly of “a current of corruption” in the Curia, but, as an atheist, I don’t really care about any of that. I’m sure it takes [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Don’t Be Afraid of Newness!”

From today’s homily:  In his Mass on Saturday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said being Christian “does not mean doing things, but allowing oneself to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.” The Pope emphasised that even in the life of the Church there are “ancient structures” to be renewed without fear. “New [Read More...]

In Rare Move, Pope Waives Second Miracle for John XXIII Canonization—UPDATED

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of Blessed John XXIII. And for the first time in nearly 60 years, not one but two popes are about to become saints. From Vatican Radio:  Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised [Read More...]