How to Be Happy, Pope Francis-Style

Pope Francis in Argentinian newspaper

What is the recipe for happiness?Argentine journalist Pablo Calvo asked that question of Pope Francis during an audience July 7 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.  The pope answered amiably, addressing a group of Argentine emigrants and offering ten points.I confess:  I read these pointers in La Croix, the French Catholic newspaper.  That means I read the Pope's pointers in English translated from French which was translated from Spanish.  To simplify all of this, I offer the pointers in my ow … [Read more...]

This Is Sweet: Stratford Caldecott To Be Buried Beside His Hero J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien gravesite 2

Last week I told you about the death of beloved Catholic author Stratford Caldecott of prostate cancer.I love this story out of The Tablet today: Stratford Caldecott, Catholic author and publisher, who died last week, is to be buried alongside his literary hero, J.R.R. Tolkien. Earlier this month, before his family met the undertaker, the relative of someone buried in Oxford’s Wolvercote Cemetery allegedly attacked a tree on the edge of the Tolkien plot because it encroached on their land. … [Read more...]

World Meeting of Families: Another Papal Slip-Up?

On July 25, I reported that Pope Francis would be coming to the United States in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. I was relaying the announcement by Archbishop Charles Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia, that the pope would attend the meeting on September 25-27.  Now, the Vatican says "Not so fast!"According to Vatican Radio,The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, issued a statement on Friday, saying the Pope has not c … [Read more...]


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