Pope Francis on Apostolic Zeal: “If We Annoy People, Blessed Be the Lord…”

A report on today’s homily:  Saint Paul was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass Thursday morning, and in particular his talent at ‘being a nuisance’, at unsettling people who had grown too comfortable in their faith and imbuing within them that Apostolic zeal that is necessary for the Church to move forward. Pope [Read More…]

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Come, Holy Spirit: Pope Releases Doves Presented to Him by Pilgrims

Details: Two doves celebrated their freedom with a soaring flight over St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, all thanks to Pope Francis. As Francis toured the square in his open-topped popemobile at his weekly public audience, someone in the crowd thrust a white bird cage with two doves inside at him. Looking puzzled, his security detail [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: the story so far

This weekend marks the Holy Father’s two-month anniversary (!).  Vatican Insider sums it up so far: What has Bergoglio done in the two months since he was elected Pope and what kind of a Pope has he been? Fondness and confessions The wave of affection for the new Pope is undeniable, with requests to attend [Read More…]

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Pope Francis on joy: melancholy Christians are like “pickled peppers”

His message from today’s daily homily, via Vatican Radio:  Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that [Read More…]

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Pope Francis to nuns: “Be a mother, not an old maid”

From CNS:  Pope Francis told 800 superiors of women’s orders from around the world that the Catholic Church needs religious women and that religious women need to be in harmony with the faith and teachings of the church. “What would the church be without you?” the pope told the women May 8. “It would be [Read More…]

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Is Pope Francis another John XXIII?

Vatican Insider spoke with Archbishop Loris Capovilla, who was Blessed John XXIII’s secretary. A snip: Francis called you to give you a very special greeting. Do you think he is following in Roncalli’s footsteps? “They have the same passion for people. In his last month on Earth, John XXIII had the outskirts of Rome brimming [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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 sanfrancesco.org. The Pope posted the [Read More…]

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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…]

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