Benedict is Fading UPDATED Fr. Lombardi Denies

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Damian Thompson writes what we all suspected: our beloved Benedict XVI is fading fast. In the video with Francis, he appeared very frail and, in my opinion, nearly blind. Here’s what Thompson writes: I think all of us were distressed by the fragility of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when we saw him greet his successor, [Read More...]

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Press F1 For Help: Thoughts on Francis

The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

On a computer keyboard, the F1 key is used to get help. An F1 is also the fastest car on the race track: it holds the road tightly but corners quickly. (Memo to pedants: I know he won’t be “Pope Francis I” until there’s a Francis II. Duly noted. Now go bother someone who says [Read More...]

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The Pope of Social Media

Pope publishes first post on Twitter

Something I wrote for the March 10 issue of OSV. Dated now, but perhaps still interesting.   On December 12, 2012 (12/12/12) Pope Benedict XVI did what no other pope had ever done: he used Twitter. Not only that, but he mastered the medium on this first try with a Tweet that was exactly 140 [Read More...]

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Benedict, Dante, and Chickens

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You cannot leave one place without entering another. Yesterday was a day of beginnings and endings. As I watched papa Bene recede from the balcony of Castelgandolfo, I realized it was possible I’d never see him again in this world. There’s sadness in that, but as some of my fellow Catholic bloggers and I kicked around our [Read More...]

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The Ring of The Fisherman

Today will be a day of “lasts.” Overnight, people held a candlelight vigil to mark Benedict’s last night sleeping in the papal quarters. This morning, he had an audience with the cardinals who would normally have gathered to pay their last respects and bury him. Instead, they each wished him well, and then will turn [Read More...]

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‘night, Papa

And so it ends. The last great man of Europe takes the stage for the final time, and reminds us that greatness is measured not by political machinations, military or economic might, or even important discoveries, but in staying grounded in the vast messiness of this frustrating and glorious human family with compassion, humility, and [Read More...]

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Some Images From the Pope’s Last Major Mass

Touched by the applause at the end

It was a moving experience, and you can tell he was touched by the applause at the end, (despite his not being a fan of applause at mass).  Here is the text of his wonderful homily. I miss him already. [Read more...]

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Bishop O’Connell on Benedict’s Resignation

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My local CBS affiliate (Philadelphia) tends to do good coverage of the Church: even-handed, expansive, and not obsessed with scandals uber alles. They did an interview with my bishop this morning that I thought was respectful (they even address him properly) and gave this fine academic and shepherd a chance to explain the news in context. I can’t embed [Read More...]

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