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...]

Why Pope Francis is a model CEO

Here’s a different take on Pope Francis, from a business perspective, via a retired university professor and dean: Leaving aside for the moment judgments about faith and doctrine that are beyond the scope of the financial pages, let’s just look at how successful Francis has been in his first year as CEO of one of [Read More...]

Picture of the day. Maybe of the year.

And the year is only seven days old. Priceless: Photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters  From Catholic News Service: Surrounded by cheese sellers, shoemakers and bleating, baying animals, Pope Francis immersed himself in a lively re-enactment of a special day in Bethlehem. He even let a lamb rest on his shoulders and greeted a tiny baby [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “The heart is a road, everything passes there. Put it to the test!”

Part of the pope’s homily today that hit close to home: The Pope  invited everyone to think about what happens in their own hearts. What do we think and feel, what do we desire, do I examine the spirits? “Do I test what I think, what I want, what I desire – he asked – [Read More...]

NY Times: Popular voice in DC? The pope

Will wonders never cease? Details:  Shortly before leaving the Capitol for the holiday recess, Senate Democrats gathered behind closed doors to lay out an agenda for 2014. When the majority leader, Harry Reid, exhorted colleagues to “deal with the issue of income inequality,” the talk took a spiritual turn. “You know,” declared Senator Bernard Sanders, [Read More...]

A rabbi on Pope Francis: “All of us who do religious work can learn from his example”

From Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie:  The Pope is not just a leader; he is a religious leader who, precisely because of his religious vitality, has succeeded in touching human hearts. The Pope Francis phenomenon is a reminder, yet again, that spirituality and not secularity is the driving force of modern life; it is his spiritual [Read More...]

“A very Franciscan Christmas…”

Some intriguing insight on Pope Francis and his personal imprint on Christmas, from the always-worthwhile John Allen in NCR:  In his brief speech to the Roman Curia on Dec. 21, Francis stressed the importance of a spirit of service in the Vatican, saying that without it, the place becomes no more than a “ponderous bureaucratic [Read More...]


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