Francis on Benedict: “You Cannot Imagine the Humility and Wisdom of the Man”

Pope Francis, in a phone call with his friend and former pupil, journalist Jorge Milia, had some high praise for his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict.Milia recounts the story in an article which appeared in Terre d’America, the blog of Italian journalist Alver Metalli.  Milia reported that the Pope had teased him for sending a long (12-page) letter, and the two had laughed together.  They spoke of many things, including the former pontiff.  When Pope Francis expressed his deep respect for t … [Read more...]

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Patheos Bloggers Conspire to Change the World: My Day with My Friend, Fr. Dwight Longenecker

I am so proud to call this guy my friend.Yesterday in Greenville, South Carolina, Father Dwight Longenecker and I got together for food and fellowship.  We chatted:  about writing, about our respective blogs, about Catholicism, and about you, the reader.  This photo was taken in his office.I’ve been reading the works of Fr. Dwight Longenecker since the publication of More Christianity: Finding the Fullness of the Faith, circa 2002.  That book took C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity to the next … [Read more...]

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UPDATES Regarding the Vatican’s Blogger Meeting

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has issued updates regarding the Meeting with Bloggers.  (“It’s not quite a blognic,” they say on their website.)Not much news there!  I already knewthat it was limited to bloggers who are on the list, and that I should bring ID to verify my identity. that it was free, that there is the possibility of a live-feed, that the Vatican would not cover travel or lodging costs, and that translation service would be available in English, Italian … [Read more...]

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