Vatican: “There is a move toward putting more women in key roles”

Details:  Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras said he was backing more posts for women after the Pope named him this month to lead a task force of eight cardinals from around the world to reform the Roman Curia, an alleged hotbed of intrigue, infighting and corruption. The cardinal’s comments, made to The Sunday [Read More...]

Picture of the week: Pope blessing a mother and her unborn child

Over at NCR, Tom Fox notes:  I think this is the first time I have ever seen a pope touching a woman or have seen a woman’s hand on a papal hand. The times are changing! Well, “touching a woman” beyond a handshake, that is.  I have to say: the image here is strikingly warm [Read More...]

Pope Francis at priestly ordinations: “You are pastors, not functionaries”

To mark the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations —which falls every year on Good Shepherd Sunday—Pope Francis ordained 10 men to the priesthood at St. Peter’s Basilica today.   Below, his homily, from Vatican Radio. +++ Beloved brothers and sisters: because these our sons, who are your relatives and friends, are now to [Read More...]

SSPX criticizes Pope Francis’ focus on the poor

Details:  A rebel Catholic group at the heart of major controversies that plagued former Pope Benedict has begun criticising his successor Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month. In a letter to supporters this week, the head of the ultra- traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) asked [Read More...]

What does Jorge Bergoglio keep in his breviary?

An excerpt from “Francis: Pope of  New World” by Andrea Tornielli: When he traveled, Jorge Mario—who likes to be described as “a priest who is happy to be a priest”—was inseparable from his date book, in which were written by hand the telephone numbers of his friends and acquaintances. And he always carried with him his [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “A Church that does not go out of itself…sickens from the stale air of closed rooms”

That comment, and more, is contained in a message the Holy Father sent to Argentine bishops. Details: Pastoral ministry should always be missionary and its ministers must be courageous evangelizers not afraid to go out ‘into the deep’, the outskirts of existence, to bring the ‘sweet and comforting joy’ of faith to people today. This [Read More...]

Pope Francis prays that “all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil”

The Holy Father sent a telegram today, through his Secretary of State: His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley Archbishop of Boston Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy [Read More...]

Vatican statement on LCWR: “Pope Francis reaffirmed the program of reform”

From the Vatican website:   Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also [Read More...]

Pope: the Christian life is like soccer

It came up yesterday during his homily (which, appropriately, included a mention of the first deacons): To solve the problems of life it is necessary to look reality in the face, ready like the goalkeeper of a football team to grab the ball whatever side it comes from. And without giving in to fear or [Read More...]

Our surprising pope continues to surprise

This story is rather loosely sourced—there are versions of it here and here—but it’s too good to pass up: A few days ago, at dawn, the time the Pope wakes up, he came out to the corridor, and he found in front of his door the sentry, a Swiss Guard standing with his halberd at [Read More...]


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