Two Popes Consecrate the Vatican to St. Michael the Archangel

Statue of St. Michael the Archangel, blessed by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on July 5

Since his retirement, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has kept a low profile—living a life of quiet prayer and study in the home prepared for him in the Vatican Gardens.So it was a treat for Vatican City State workers when Benedict joined his successor, Pope Francis, in the gardens on Friday, July 5, for the blessing of a statue of St. Michael the Archangel.  At the same time, Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to the Archangel’s protection.Pope Francis, in his remarks following the brief ce … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical Continues Themes Begun by Pope Benedict

Pope Francis seated

On Friday, July 5, Pope Francis will publish his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith).Looking forward to that, I can’t help but notice that it lines up perfectly with the themes of the encyclicals published by Pope Benedict XVI during his pontificate.Remember his first?  Benedict surprised the world when he published Deus Caritas Est (On Christian Love—God Is Love) on Christmas Day 2005.  The media was still referring to him as “the Rotweiler” and painting a picture of a ruthles … [Read more...]

Arab News: “Pope Francis Should Declare Islam a Religion of Peace” – UPDATED

Pope Francis washes the feet of young inmates at Casal del Marmo, a juvenile detention center in Rome, on Holy Thursday

Remember that Holy Thursday liturgy, at which Pope Francis washed the feet of a young Muslim girl in a Roman detention facility?Well, that humble gesture seems to have gained the attention of Islamic adherents, who now hope that the pope will take another step forward by declaring that Islam is a peaceful religion.According to MENAFN-Arab News, the Middle East North Africa Financial Network, an envoy from Al-Azhar has expressed hope that ties between the Muslim world and the Vatican … [Read more...]


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