Pope Francis’ Homily at the Opening Liturgy of the Synod on the Family

Mass opening the Synod

This morning in St. Peter's Basilica, the Synod Fathers gathered for the Opening Liturgy, before beginning their conversations regarding issues important to the family.The Holy See Press Office has been doing a good job of reporting from the scene.  You can also keep up to date by following #Synod14 on Twitter.Here, the full text of the Holy Father's homily at this morning's mass.Today the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel employ the image of the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord’s vineyard is hi … [Read more...]

This Time, It’s Atheist Scalfari Who Surprises–He Asks Pope Francis for a Blessing

Eugenio Scalfari

Last year, I wrote a few times about Pope Francis' encounters with the journalist Eugenio Scalfari,the 90-year-old atheist intellectual who has been editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica for twenty years.Lat summer, Scalfari's recollections about his personal interview with the pope caused controversy here in the United States and among Catholics around the world--leading Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi to insist that the words in his interview "cannot be attributed to the … [Read more...]

Dear Pope Francis: Please Take Care of Yourself–If Not for You, Then for Us

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

"Not to worry!" says the Vatican, with regard to security for Pope Francis' upcoming travels to the Muslim-majority country of Albania.In a statement issued Monday, September 15, Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said despite recent “worrying” events that had shocked the world, there is no specific threat to 77-year-old Pope Francis as he prepares for his one-day visit to Albania on Sept. 21.  Therefore, the Vatican has announced, no extra security measures will be added. *     *   … [Read more...]