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...]

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...]

Joseph

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This is the Room of Tears: the place where popes traditionally retire after being chosen. Here, they contemplate the burden they are about to assume: a 2000-year-old office founded by Christ himself not on a book or a government or a place, but on a man named Simon, thereafter known as Cephas, petros, rock: Peter. [Read More...]

Habemus Appam: The Pope’s Own App

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I may have to take back all the bad things I’ve been saying about Vatican communications. (Okay, some of them.) First, the Pope starts Tweeting, and now they roll out an app. And … it’s actually a pretty good one! Given how crummy the Vatican’s own website is, this is nothing short of amazing. The [Read More...]

Love It!

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After the previous post, here’s a little slice of unalloyed joy from the Vatican Radio’s Facebook page. Sorry kid: we’re fresh out of St. Nicholas, but we do have Peter. [Read more...]

The Tweeting Pope

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It just sounds strange, doesn’t it? Like the bishop of Rome is outside my window, tweeting along with the birds. But it’s not the sound of birds: it’s the voice of Peter, echoing down the millennia, and finding a new wineskin for the new wine of the gospel. The news is all over the net today, [Read More...]

Pope Tweets @Pontifex

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Papa Bene is on Twitter with the account @Pontifex, and with all the skill the Roman curia usually musters on PR and technological issues, he hasn’t logged a single Tweet–not even a greeting, not even “Hello nOObs”–as of this posting. No Tweets are due until … December 12. Way to go, VIS! Can we just [Read More...]

Hopeful Signs as Benedict Arrives in Lebanon

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John Allen has these truly surprising reactions: Last week, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim, announced that Saturday would be declared a national holiday in honor of the pope’s arrival. Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has publicly welcomed the visit, describing it as “extraordinary and historic.” Other Muslim leaders have also struck positive notes, including Grand [Read More...]


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