Pope Benedict, the Pianist

One of the pleasures in which Pope Emeritus Benedict is said to indulge in his retirement is playing the piano.A skilled pianist, he was unable to spend much time at the keyboard during the years of his papacy.  Now, perhaps, he returns to that great love.A Redditor pointed out this video this morning.  (Click the link--for some reason, the video could not be embedded.)Besides being able to speak ten languages and fly a helicopter, the pope emeritus is at home in the music room. … [Read more...]

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Once Again Francis, Pope and Prophet, Issues Clarion Call for Unity

Catholics and Evangelicals:  Have you noticed anything different about how we think of one another?When I was a small child, I remember people sometimes speaking of believers from other denominations almost with a hush. It was as though they were “other”—woefully misguided, wrong-headed—and we we should not associate with them.Vatican II did much to change that attitude. Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism, had the restoration of unity among all Christians as one of its princi … [Read more...]

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A Burgeoning Market for Papal Kitsch

Hoodies, t-shirts, aprons—even doggie apparel.In the wake of the “Pope Francis Effect”, all of these items and more are now available in special Pope Francis editions.Britain’s Catholic Herald reports that since the election of Pope Francis, sales are up 20% for papal gear:  clothing, key rings, tea lights, and various papal paraphernalia.  And indeed, Catholics With Attitude, a custom printery which offers t-shirts in the U.K. and right here in the United States, has a large assortment o … [Read more...]

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