Francis: A Pope for the Age of Twitter

A great insight from Elizabeth Tenety at the Washington Post:  In homilies and speeches in the months since assuming the Seat of Saint Peter, Pope Francis has demonstrated his simple style applies not only to his dress and living accommodations –but to the words he uses to share the faith. A few recent examples: Eternity “will not be boring.” [Read More...]

Think Mass Is Too Long? Pope Francis Has A Solution.

The answer is joy! From this morning’s homily:  The Holy Spirit is the “author” of Christian joy and to proclaim the Gospel we need to have joy in our hearts gifted us by the Spirit of God. There is a certain understanding of Christian life that is marked by sadness, but long faces cannot proclaim [Read More...]

Will We Ever Get Complete Texts of the Pope’s Daily Homilies?

Today, the Vatican seemed to indicate no. Here’s the statement from Fr. Federico Lombardi: The very great interest aroused by the Pope’s brief homilies in the course of the Masses celebrated every  morning in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, poses and continues to pose  often the question  from different parts  on the possibility [Read More...]

Pope Francis Will Make First Trip to Assisi

From CNS:  Pope Francis will visit the birthplace of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, on the saint’s feast day, Oct. 4. The Vatican confirmed the trip May 23. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi said he was thrilled about the visit and that it was “a great sign” of the pope’s benevolence and consideration. “It [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical: “Blessed Are the Poor”?

An interesting tidbit from Rorate Caeli: Following his recent visit ad limina with the bishops of his region, the Bishop of Molfetta (Apulia, Italy), Luigi Martella, spoke of the conversation they had with the new Pope, including the following: Then, he spoke to us about Benedict XVI with such tenderness: “When I met him for [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Prayer Works Wonders, But We Have to Believe!”

Highlights from the pope’s homily for Monday: Courageous, humble and strong prayer can accomplish miracles: this was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope was commenting on Monday’s Gospel passage which recounts the disciples failure to heal a child; Jesus himself must intervene and laments the disbelief of those present. [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “We all chat in church!”

Specifically, he was talking about meddling and gossip.  From his homily Saturday: The Christian must overcome the temptation to “interfere in the lives of others,” was the exhortation of Pope Francis at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also stressed that talk and envy do so much harm to the Christian [Read More...]

Los Angeles Priest Gets a Letter from the Pope

You may remember the inspiring story of a Jesuit priest in Los Angeles, who sent to the pope some letters from juvenile offenders. Well, the pope wrote back.   The priest who started the ball rolling, Fr. Mike Kennedy, SJ, tells what happened: May 4 was a regular day until I started opening my mail. [Read More...]

Argentinian Tennis Player Gives Pope Francis His Racket

A sweet moment from earlier in the week, via Rome Reports. Watch video below. [Read more...]

Buenos Aires Launches Pope Francis Bus Tour

The latest brainstorm in Argentina uses one of the pontiff’s favorite forms of transportation to tour high points of his life. From the AP:  The tour leaves out the gritty slums where Bergoglio’s church was a frequent benefactor, but there’s a nod to his reputation for ministering to society’s outcasts: a swing past the Devoto [Read More...]


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