Blessed Paul VI, Pray for Us

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Today in Vatican City, Pope Francis has beatified his predecessor Pope Paul VI, who was pontiff from 1963 until his death in 1978.Beatification is the official recognition by the Church that the deceased is in heaven, and is the first step toward formally declaring the person a saint (called canonization).  According to rules laid down by the Catholic Church, one miracle must be believed to have taken place through the intercession of the person.How fitting that Pope Paul VI, author of … [Read more...]

“Kiss of Peace” Becomes “Meaningful Eye Contact” to Protect Against Ebola

Precautions - Fort Worth Diocese

With Ebola now claiming more than 4,500 lives, the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas has taken steps to reduce exposure to potential Ebola cases in their parishes during liturgical celebrations.As of October 14, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OCHA and local governments have reported a total of 9,216 suspected cases.   The threat is real:  At a press conference October 14, the assistant director-general of the WHO reported that there … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber Screws Up Again–This Time, Inside the Papal Palace

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber got into hot water with the Beverly Hills Police Department on October 15, after neighbors complained about a loud party lasting into the night.The latest run-in with the law was only days after the troubled star got into trouble with the Swiss Guards.  According to the Catholic Herald, Bieber had paid the sum of £16,000 (more than $25,000) for a private tour of Vatican City.  Bieber and his entourage were given private access to the Vatican Museums and the papal apartment wit … [Read more...]