The Silent Sound of Tears: Pope Francis’ Reflection on the Holocaust

Violins of Jewish musicians which were discovered after the Holocaust

Pope Francis has hand written a letter to his good friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires, marking Holocaust Memorial Day.In Rome, the January 27 memorial will be marked by a concert entitled "Violins of Hope", which will be held Monday evening (that's right about now, for those of us here in the United States).In his letter, Pope Francis calls the Holocaust "a horror and a disgrace to humanity" that must never be repeated.  The letter will be read aloud at this evening's concert, … [Read more...]

Reliquary of Blood, a Relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Has Been Stolen

Relic of JPII

Blood?  Somebody stole his BLOOD?!! Reports from Italy this morning are that thieves broke into the small mountain church of San Pietro della Ienca, near the city of L'Aquila, over the weekend and stole a reliquary containing the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II.  Only the reliquary and a crucifix were stolen, leaving behind the collection box; and police have conjectured that the thieves may seek a ransom for the blood. The church, which kept the relic in a  niche in the wall encased in a ro … [Read more...]

OH NO!! Pope Francis’ “Peace Doves” Attacked by Crow and Seagull

Dove attacked

 As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square today, two white doves released in St. Peter's Square were attacked by a crow and a seagull. Small children had joined Pope Francis in the window of the Apostolic Palace to release the doves today, as a peace gesture following the pope's remarks calling for peace in Ukraine.  Civil unrest in that country this week has led to the deaths of anti-government protestors. I'm afraid peace is hard to … [Read more...]