Pope Francis: “Due to Our Common Roots, a Christian Cannot Be Anti-Semitic!”

Details:  Pope Francis says due to “our common roots” with the Jewish people, “a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!” The Pope was speaking to a 30 strong delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) who gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Hall of the Popes for a private audience Monday. The IJCIC is committed [Read More...]

HOG Heaven: Pope Blesses Bikers

Details:  Biker culture has come to the Vatican. Pope Francis on Sunday blessed thousands of Harley Davidsons and their riders as the American motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather. Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the recitation of the “Our Father” prayer in Latin that accompanied Francis [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Establish Dialogue with All, “Even Those Who Oppress the Church”

Details:  Dialogue, discernment, and frontier: These were the three words that the Pope suggested to the personnel of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), which is published in Italian from Rome, whom he received in audience this morning. “Your fidelity to the Church still needs you to stand strong against the hypocrisies that [Read More...]

“It Feels Good!”: For First Time as Pope, Francis Celebrates Mass in His Native Spanish

From today’s homily:  May the Lord grant us the grace to watch our tongues and be careful of what we say of others, because through our weakness and sin, we often find it easier to insult and denigrate than say or do good. This was the lesson at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday [Read More...]

When Was the Last Time a Pope Did THIS?—UPDATED

From CNS, tweeting about the pope’s meeting with students today: Pope ditches prepared speech saying it wud be “too boring.” Opts for 30 min Q&A w/ students from Jesuit schools. Personally, I’m looking forward to the write-through on this one.  Meantime, you can read what he was supposed to say here.   UPDATE: Vatican Radio [Read More...]

Where Will Pope Francis Spend His Summer Vacation?

Turns out it will be a “stay-cation”:  Pope Francis will remain at the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican, even during the summer months. The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ affirmed the Holy Father’s intentions after presenting the Pope’s summer schedule on Thursday. Fr. Lombardi also [Read More...]

Pope Francis Explains Why He Chose to Live Away From the Papal Apartments

Details: Pope Francis has revealed for the first time the reasons for his decision to shun the official papal apartments and instead live in a much more modest Vatican ‘hotel’. He has told a friend that he likes being in daily contact with ordinary people, does not want to be isolated and enjoys sitting down [Read More...]

For First Time in History, Pope To Lead Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration Next Sunday

From Vatican Radio: From the Cook Islands to Chile, Burkina Faso, Taiwan, Iraq, Bangladesh, the United States, and the Philippines, people will unite in prayer with Pope Francis this weekend before One Lord and in One faith, for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. The Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration, will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica next [Read More...]

The Kissing Pope

This pontiff loves to hug and kiss—especially babies, the disabled, the handicapped. Watch some of the video below from today’s General Audience and you can’t help but be charmed and moved by his affection for people—and theirs for him. For the full audience, watch below.     [Read more...]

“This is not the way the church should function”

A rather startling revelation yesterday from the upper reaches of the Vatican: The Vatican decision last year to place the main representative group of U.S. Catholic sisters under the control of bishops was made without consultation or knowledge of the Vatican office that normally deals with matters of religious life, the office’s leader said Sunday. [Read More...]