Pope to Korean bishops: “Christians don’t come as conquerers”

From John Allen: Christianity is a missionary religion, and heading into Pope Francis’s trip to South Korea one big-ticket question mark was whether he could fuel Catholic growth on a continent home to 60 percent of the world’s population. Whether the church gets a “Francis bump” remains to be seen, but in a speech to [Read More...]

Hitting home: Pope Francis has an impact on his native Argentina

Inspiring news, from CNS:  Maria Delamonica spoke somewhat sourly of the state of affairs in Argentina, where the economy is teetering and politics are polarized. But her voice brightened when the topic turned to Pope Francis and the changes in the country since he was unexpectedly elected one year ago. “There’s been a revolution,” said [Read More...]

Pope Francis says Church must accompany, not condemn, those whose marriages fail

Vatican Radio reports on his homily this morning: Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany – not condemn – those [Read More...]

“The real challenge for Francis is to go beyond rhetoric…”

There’s been some discussion around the blogosphere about last night’s “Frontline” on “Secrets of the Vatican.”  Most comments have been harshly critical. Yesterday, for example, the USCCB mailed out an “advisory” review, which noted: The historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the headline-grabbing start of his successor’s ministry are certainly events worthy of close [Read More...]

Downsizing the papacy

An interesting take on last weekend’s remarkable consistory, from Michael McGough in The Los Angeles Times:   Almost nine years ago I interviewed John R. Quinn, the retired archbishop of San Francisco and the author of a book titled “The Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity.” In a column drawn on the book [Read More...]

What is Pope Francis really up to?

Over at The Jesuit Post, Jeremy Zipple, SJ took an informal poll: I resolved to poll every non-Western member of my community regarding the most urgent problems confronting the church in his home country. I polled them all – Japanese, Indonesian, Singaporean, Nigerian, Kenyan, Chilean, Brazilian, Tanzanian, Turkish, Mexican, Syrian, Rwandan, Filipino. Poverty made the [Read More...]

Queen Elizabeth to visit pope in April

Buckingham Palace confirms:  The Queen is will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The Queen will be accompanied by Prince Philip and the Royal visit will be her first overseas trip for three years. The Queen will visit with Pope at the Vatican after meeting the Italian President, [Read More...]

Lombardi slams Rolling Stone cover story for treating Benedict with “surprising crudeness”

Details from The National Catholic Register:  Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has strongly criticised an article on Pope Francis that appears in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Although he acknowledged that the Holy Father’s appearance on the publication’s front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article’s negative portrayal [Read More...]

Adorable: pope blesses lambs

A tradition continues.  Watch below, courtesy Rome Reports: A couple years ago, CNS described some of the history and customs surrounding the blessing, which occurs on the feast of St. Agnes: L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, interviewed Holy Family Sister Hanna Pomnianowska about her convent’s role in the ancient tradition which makes a connection between [Read More...]

I just might have to make this my screen saver

For the full story behind the image, check out what ace CNS photog Paul Haring has to say over at the CNS blog. And kudos to him for giving us another one that’s worth a thousand words. [Read more...]


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