Pope Francis and the Napkins

Pope Francis joins the staff for lunch in the Domus Sanctae Marthae

Over at Aleteia, Roberta Sciamplicotti offers an interesting article about the Pope's home, Suite 201 of the Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican City guest house where he first stayed during the Conclave.  She writes about Vatican watcher Aldo Maria Valli's tour of the residence, where Pope Francis has won the hearts of the staff with "...his simplicity, his sincere and genuine way of relating to others, and also his openness and trust in those who, like myself—despite being a journalist and therefo … [Read more...]

Day of Prayer for Cardinal Newman Planned for October 11

Blessed John Henry Newman

Four years after the Beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman, C.O., there is a fresh impetus to advance the rigorous investigation necessary to declare him a saint.According to Bishop Robert Byrne, new auxiliary bishop of Birmingham in England, October 11 has been designated a Day of Prayer for Cardinal Newman.  Bishop Byrne, who is the first Oratorian priest to be ordained a bishop in England for 140 years, will celebrate a solemn Mass to pray for Newman's canonization.On October 1 … [Read more...]

Pope Marries Cohabiting Couples? No News Here, Folks!

Newly married couples watch as Pope Francis leads general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

All week, I've been reading that Pope Francis plans to marry 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica this weekend--and that some of them are cohabiting (oh my!)--and some even (horrors!) have children.Good gracious! There is an undercurrent of insinuation, that once again Francis is breaking the rules of the Church, striking a new chord, changing the "business as usual" approach of his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II.Here, just look at the breathless expectancy in this lede from t … [Read more...]