What was the pope wearing yesterday??

It’s called a fanon.  Huh?? Details, thanks to the Catholic Encyclopedia and New Liturgical Movement:  A shoulder-cape worn by the pope alone, consisting of two pieces of white silk ornamented with narrow woven stripes of red and gold; the pieces are nearly circular in shape but somewhat unequal in size and the smaller is laid [Read More...]

Pope’s homily at today’s canonizations: “These seven generous disciples of Christ…”

Complete text, via Vatican News: The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (cf. Mk 10:45) Dear Brother Bishops,Dear brothers and sisters! Today the Church listens again to these words of Jesus, spoken by the Lord during his journey to Jerusalem, where he was to accomplish [Read More...]

Pope sending bishops to Syria on peace mission

From Catholic News Service:  A papal delegation of bishops, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, will travel to the capital of war-torn Syria in late October to show solidarity with victims and encourage peace negotiations. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, made the announcement Oct. 16 at the evening session of the [Read More...]

Arabic to become part of papal audience

This is huge.  Not too long ago, it would have been unthinkable. From the Vatican news site:  Beginning on Wednesday 10 October, during the Holy Father’s weekly general audience, an Arabic speaker will join the other speakers who provide a summary of the papal catechises in various different languages. In this way, in the wake [Read More...]

Theme for next World Communications Day: social networks

From the Vatican:  One of the most important challenges facing the task of evangelization today is that which is emerging from the digital environment. Pope Benedict XVI calls attention to this particular topic, in the context of the Year of Faith, in his choice of the theme for the 47th World Communications Day, “Social Networks: [Read More...]

Sainthood cause for John Paul I moves forward

Details from Catholic News Service:  Promoters of the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul I, who served as head of the church for just over a month, met Pope Benedict XVI Sept. 26 to bring him up to date on their work. Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of Belluno and Feltre, Italy, the diocese in which the [Read More...]

Pope to new bishops: Vatican II was a new Pentecost, launching the New Evangelization

One of the new bishops meeting the Holy Father today happens to be my new pastor (I hope he brings me  back a tee shirt…) Details: “Every believer is called to the challenge of the new evangelization” Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday morning, and bishops must “boldly invite the people from every walk of life [Read More...]

Pope on Lebanon trip: “I continue to accompany those beloved people in prayer”

“Dear friends, the days spent in Lebanon were a wonderful manifestation of faith and religious feeling and a prophetic sign of peace. The multitude of believers from the entire Middle East, had the opportunity to reflect, to talk and especially to pray together, renewing their commitment to root their lives in Christ. I am sure [Read More...]

In Lebanon, pope issues call for religious freedom in Middle East

It couldn’t be a more timely or urgent declaration. Details: Pope Benedict XVI presented a major document calling on Catholics in the Middle East to engage in dialogue with Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim neighbors, but also to affirm and defend their right to live freely in the region where Christianity was born. In a ceremony [Read More...]

Pope gets his first electric car

Details:  Pope Benedict XVI is now a bit greener. The 85-year-old pontiff was presented with his first electric car on Wednesday, a customized white Renault Kangoo for jaunts around the gardens of the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. Benedict has been dubbed the ‘‘green pope’’ for his environmental concerns, which have been a hallmark of [Read More...]


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