What’s in a name? Some insight into Pope (George Mary) Francis

From Dr. Edward Mulholland in Zenit:  Jorge María Bergoglio is now better known as Pope Francis. An hour after we saw him on the balcony, asking for our prayers for him as Pope, I wrote that the three keys to this pontificate would be humility, reform and evangelization. After six months of homilies, travels and surprises, I [Read More...]

NY Times: “A surprise pope keeps on surprising”

The paper sniffs around for some analysis of the pope’s interview:  Francis is challenging the status quo of the Roman Catholic Church so determinedly and so unexpectedly that Vatican watchers are debating whether this is merely a change of tone, as many had thought at first. Some now think the pope may be making a [Read More...]

The Francis Effect: 8 ways he’s changing the Catholic Church

Elizabeth Tenety in the Washington Post offers some anecdotal evidence: increased Mass attendance, larger crowds at papal audiences, more people lined up for confession. And that’s just for starters. Read it all.   [Read more...]

Turnabout? Bishop Tobin, once “disappointed” in Francis, now “grateful”

From NCR:  The U.S. Catholic bishop who grabbed headlines when he said he was “disappointed” Pope Francis had not spoken more about abortion now says he is “grateful” to the pope for widening the vision of the church. Providence, R.I., Bishop Thomas Tobin made his newest remarks in a statement Friday, one day after Jesuit [Read More...]

“A pope for the Catholic middle”—UPDATED

That’s how John Allen sizes up yesterday’s headline-grabbing interview with Pope Francis.  His take: In political terms, Francis says something out loud that arguably had already become clear, but with a degree of candor that popes don’t often provide: “I have never been a right-winger.” At the level of content, there’s not much groundbreaking in [Read More...]

Report: Francis urges priests to “welcome” couples living together—UPDATED

That’s just one part of a two-hour discussion he had with the priests of Rome Monday. Details:  “Sanctity is greater than scandal”. This was the message Pope Francis extended to Rome’s parish priests at a meeting in St. John the Lateran this morning, the Diocese of Rome’s weekly newspaper RomaSette reports. The Pope asked for this meeting [Read More...]

“If you speak ill of your brother, you kill your brother…”

From today’s homily, Pope Francis offers a message I really need to take to heart: He who speaks ill of his neighbor is a hypocrite who lacks the courage to look to his own shortcomings. Speaking during his homily at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis focused on the fact that gossip [Read More...]

“Car talk” about the pope’s Renault

Earlier this week, the pope got a new set of wheels.    And now CNS has collected some priceless reaction: Leave it to the slapstick brothers, Tom and Ray, at Car Talk to have a field day with the news of Pope Francis’ recent present: a lovingly used 30 hp 1984 Renault 4. As soon as the [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words

As the Vatican’s Greg Burke noted in a tweet for this picture: Girl looks a little excited #PapaFrancisco Great photo from Paul Haring @CatholicNewsSvc pic.twitter.com/jjTCho5IA3 [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Jesus is the Winner…”

That could be the phrase on a new bumper sticker. But it’s Pope Francis in this morning’s homily:  “Jesus is the Winner who has won over sin and death.” Those were the words of Pope Francis on Tuesday morning during his Homily at morning Mass. He was referring to the Letter of St. Paul to [Read More...]


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