Wow! Now Pope Francis Institutes a “Council of Cardinals” to Assist in Church Governance

The Governatorato, which houses the Vatican's Secretariat of State

It is not Business-As-Usual in Rome these days.Today the news from Vatican City is that Pope Francis has instituted a Council of Cardinals—making permanent the Consistory, the informal “Super-Eight” who were appointed last April to serve as consultors for the Holy Father, and who were invited to Rome for a meeting October 1-3 to assist in various matters, including the selection of a date for the canonization.The Council of Cardinals, which includes Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, wi … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Two Popes to Be Canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday

John Paul II

It’s official!  Pope Francis has just announced that two former popes, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII, will be made saints on April 27, 2014—Divine Mercy Sunday. BLESSED POPE JOHN XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was affectionately known as the “Good Pope” (in Italian, "il Papa Buono").  He led the Catholic Church from October 1958 to his death in 1963.Pope John XXIII was 77 years old when elected to the papacy, and some first thought that he would be a “car … [Read more...]

Through a Glass Darkly: An Alzheimer’s Love Story

Geography of Memory

We are, all of us, dying.  Even you.It may be a traffic accident, a horrific front-end collision that sends you spiraling toward eternity.  Or cancer will have its way with your gnarled body—a ravenous interloper, swelling, pressing on sensitive organs, then releasing its pent-up energy in a hemmorhagic burst of blood and lipids.  You may find yourself staring at the barrel of a shotgun, or clutching your breast in cardiac arrest.  But die, you will.We are, all of us, dying.  And if we do … [Read more...]