That awkward moment when you realize everyone else got the “Friday Is Dress Like A Swiss Guard Day” memo and you didn’t…

From this morning’s Mass. Details here. A snip from the homily: “When the Church loses courage, the Church enters into a ‘lukewarm’ atmosphere. The lukewarm, lukewarm Christians, without courage … That hurts the Church so much, because this tepid atmosphere draws you inside, and problems arise among us; we no longer have the horizon, or [Read More...]

Welcome home

Retired Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at the Vatican May 2. The 86-year-old retired pontiff, who had been staying at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo since retiring Feb. 28, returned to the Vatican to live in a monastery in the Vatican Gardens. (CNS photo/L’Ossevatore Romano via Reuters) [Read more...]

Is this another papal first? Pope prays at tomb of St. Francis—by webcam

From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis wrote the comment “O Francis of Assisi, intercede for peace in our hearts” on a website after watching the live webcam the Conventual Franciscans have set up at the tomb of St. Francis. The pope sent the prayer, via a tablet, on the site The Pope posted the [Read More...]

Pope Francis says we need to let the Holy Spirit work: “He always does a nice job…”

From the Vatican news site:  When we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to work, divisions in the Church grow. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday morning concelebrated with Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige, the Archbishop of Colombo Sri Lanka, and staff from the Vatican Museums. Pope Francis focused on [Read More...]

On feast of St. Joseph the Worker, pope pleads for an end to trafficking and slave labor

From the Vatican news site:  Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day this Wednesday May 1st, Pope Francis launched an urgent appeal to Christians and men and women of goodwill worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor. Speaking during the general audience in Italian he said : “I [Read More...]

Cardinal Bergoglio on denying communion

Before he became pope, he had some thoughts on the subject.  Fr. Thomas Reese explains in the National Catholic Reporter:  In On Heaven and Earth, the book he co-authored with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Cardinal Bergoglio wrote, “One could deny communion to a public sinner who has not repented, but it is very difficult to check such things.” [Read More...]

Peres to pope: “I am expecting you in Jerusalem and not just me, but all the people of Israel.”

Details:  Israeli President Shimon Peres officially invited Pope Francis to Israel and left their meeting at the Vatican telling the pope, “I am expecting you in Jerusalem and not just me, but all the people of Israel.” Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters, “The pope would be happy to go to the Holy [Read More...]

Francis slept here: inside Cardinal Bergoglio’s apartment in Argentina

Take a look:  “A man drunk with God”, the title (from the French) of the classic biography of Saint Sharbel by Fr Paul Daher, spontaneously comes to mind when listening to those who were close to Pope Francis when he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires. We are in the Archbishop’s Palace in the [Read More...]

Pope compares preparation for heaven to cataract surgery

His homily from today: Our journey of faith is not one of alienation, but prepares our hearts to see the beautiful face of God: this was Pope Francis’ message during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. On Friday Mass was attended by Staff from the Vatican Typography, the Vatican Labor Office and Vatican State Police. [Read More...]

Pope Francis will reportedly complete encyclical on faith

From John Thavis:  It looks like Pope Francis will be finishing ex-Pope Benedict’s encyclical on faith. The Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said he would not exclude the possibility that Francis’ first encyclical would be issued later this year. The spokesman noted that before his resignation, Pope Benedict had already done initial work on an [Read More...]