“God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his hands”

Using that stunning picture from earlier in the week as a starting point, CNS has posted an overview of some memorable photographic moments with Pope Francis. Writer Carol Glatz makes note of something beautiful the pontiff said during a recent homily: “God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “The problem of intolerance must be faced in its entirety”

From VIS:  This morning Pope Francis received a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an international Jewish organisation for the defence of human rights, and praised its work in fighting “every form of racism, intolerance and anti-Semitism, preserving the memory of the Shoah and promoting mutual understanding through education and social action”. The encounter with [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: five-alarm Francis

Pope Francis wears a firefighter’s helmet as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 16 October. (photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Read more. [Read more...]

Historic: Pope Francis calls an Extraordinary Synod on the family

Such synods are rare.  This one will be only the third of its kind ever.  Details from the National Catholic Register:  Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”, the Vatican has announced. The synod, which [Read More...]

How come Pope Francis doesn’t talk about deacons?

Good question. I got an e-mail today from a deacon friend on the West Coast: Hey, are you aware if Pope Francis has ever mentioned deacons in any way?  I haven’t seen anything with a mention of deacons and I’m curious about your thoughts here… A few people have written to me about that, usually [Read More...]

On a woman cardinal: the lady in red?

You might think, from various excited postings around the Interwebs, that Pope Francis is about to name a woman cardinal. Andrea Tornielli at Vatican Insider unpacks this notion: The idea of appointing women to the College of Cardinals is not new…It was mentioned during the Synod of Bishops for Africa held on 10 October 1994, [Read More...]

Pope Francis on social communication and “the great digital continent”

The scoop, and text of his remarks today, from Vatican Radio: Pope Francis on Saturday addressed the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Pope Francis said the goal of the Church for its communications efforts is “to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of [Read More...]

Cardinal Seán O’Malley responds to Pope Francis interview

The cardinal, of course, is part of the “Super 8″ group of advisors to Pope Francis who will be convening next month in Assisi. From the cardinal’s blog:  For although the Church’s principal activities are the pastoral work of our parishes, Catholic education, social services and health care — which serve millions — people can [Read More...]

Pope: “There is no human life more sacred than another”

From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis on Friday received members of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations who are in Rome on the occasion of their 10th International Conference on Catholicism and Maternal Healthcare. Following a greeting to conference participants, Pope Francis went on to address those gathered in three succinct points. Firstly, he described what [Read More...]

The pope speaks—and the whole world is listening

This is truly remarkable: an extended and exclusive interview published today in AMERICA. In the introduction, the editors note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the [Read More...]