LiveTweet of #LaudatoSi: Part One

Here you go, all Storified and everything. I plan to return to the task tomorrow morning. [View the story "Live-Tweeting @LaudatoSi Part I (ThomasLMcDonald)" on Storify] [Read more...]

#LaudatoSii: Hold Your Breath, Make a Wish, Count to Three

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Tomorrow I will begin reading Laudato Sii, and I plan to tweet as I go. I’m already seeing the overheated freakouts online and it’s a sorry spectacle. Everyone needs to cut the crap, m’kay? It seems like all we do lately is replay the right’s reaction to Mater et Magistra and the left’s reaction to Humanae Vitae. [Read More...]

A Lost Papal Bust by Bernini Found

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This bust of Pope Paul V by Bernini surfaced two years ago in a private collection after being lost for 100 years. Commissioned by the Pope’s nephew Cardinal Scipione Borghese in 1621, it was the first papal work of the 23-year-old artist. It remained in the Borghese family until 1893, when it was misidentified and auctioned off [Read More...]

The Future Church According to Benedict

I’ve run these poetic and prophetic words from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s Faith and the Future before, but today yet another survey has people fretting about the future of the faith. Don’t. We’ve known this future was coming for decades. Now we just have to do the work of sustaining vibrant faith communities to see us through the coming trials [Read More...]

Grace West Meets Pope Francis, And Has a Curious Encounter at the Tomb of Padre Pio

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Grace West and her mom Sharon for the National Catholic Register. Grace is an amazing 11-year-old girl fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma. Her request to the Make-a-Wish Foundation was to meet Pope Francis, and they made it happen: “He came around to where the wheelchairs and sick people were first [Read More...]

Watch Pope Francis Speak to Children on Google Hangout

The Holy Father talked with children who have special needs or certain disabilities that they are overcoming with technology. A braille reader, a video camera, and an adaptive bike were some of the technologies highlighted by kids from around the world. Some of them asked questions, while others just talked about their lives and how [Read More...]

The Hour of Trial is the Hour of Fidelity

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“He who remains firm in his faith and strong at heart knows that Christ the King is never so near as in the hour of trial, which is the hour for fidelity. With a heart torn by the sufferings and afflictions of so many of her sons, but with the courage and the stability that [Read More...]

Pope Threatens to Punch Aide

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Oh, sorry, did I forget the #TrollSoHard tag in that headline? On the plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the pope addressed the Charlie Hebdo issue, saying there were limits to free expression and that  “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. [Read More...]


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