What in the World Is an Almoner?

"The portrait of the almoner" or "The breviary" (1886) by Jules-Alexis Muenier

Father Z reported today that the Pope has a new almoner.“What?” I thought….  I mean, I know a lotta church-y stuff, but that is not on my short list of familiar terms.Father Z writes: The new Papal Almoner, His Excellency Most Reverend Konrad Krajewski was consecrated bishop at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica by His Eminence Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate of Vatican City State, presided as consecrator with the two co-consecrators, Archbishop Piero Marini, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: The Church Is a Loving Mother

Church as mother

In his Wednesday Audience on September 18, Pope Francis returned to the theme of the Church as our mother.  “I like this image a lot,” he explained, “as it seems to me that it tells us not only how the Church is, but also shows us the face the Church, this Church of ours, should increasingly show.”The message reflects back to the writing of St. Cyprian, Father of the Church, in the early third-century.  Cyprian said, "No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother".  … [Read more...]

Vatican Releases Free eBook with Benedict XVI’s Messages – New Links

Benedict XVI

Great news this morning from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications!The Pontifical Council has just published an eBook entitled Benedict XVI: World Communications Day Messages.  The free eBook contains the eight messages released during Pope Benedict’s pontificate.  This first digital release is intended as a test of audience interest; if readers take advantage of the digital format, additional titles will be released in the future.According to the Pontifical Council:The off … [Read more...]