Pope Francis In the Spotlight–On the Cover of “Rolling Stone”!

Pope Francis on Rolling Stone

Another first:  Pope Francis smiles and waves from the cover of the rock magazine Rolling Stone!Under his name, the magazine headline in the February 13, 2014 issue reads:  "The times they are a'changin'."Contributing editor Mark Binelli has penned an article delineating what he thinks are the most important innovations likely to be enacted during the Francis papacy.  Hardly a Catholic-friendly piece, Binelli writes: "After the disastrous papacy of Benedict, a staunch traditionalist who … [Read more...]

Just What Does Pope Francis Want to Offer Women, That They Don’t Already Have?

woman in church - praying

"Women," says Pope Francis, "should play a greater role in society and the Church."  But what exactly does that mean?Pope Francis spoke on Saturday, January 25 to the national congress of the Italian Women's Centre, a Catholic women's association promoting greater democracy, human rights and human dignity.  “I strongly wish," he said, "...that (opportunities and responsibilities) may open themselves up further to the presence and participation of women, both in the church as well as in soc … [Read more...]

Seven Nuns Among Victims in Mexican Bus Crash


Seven Catholic nuns died late Saturday in Puebla, in east central Mexico, when the bus in which they were riding plunged into a 260-foot ravine.Members of the Order of the Most Holy Savior and Saint Bridget (the Bridgettines), the sisters--who ranged in age from 20 to 46--were returning to their convent after a visit at a retirement home in Ciudad Serdan.Two men perished in the crash, as well; and two other nuns from the same community were seriously injured and remain … [Read more...]