How to Be Happy, Pope Francis-Style

Pope Francis in Argentinian newspaper

What is the recipe for happiness?Argentine journalist Pablo Calvo asked that question of Pope Francis during an audience July 7 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.  The pope answered amiably, addressing a group of Argentine emigrants and offering ten points.I confess:  I read these pointers in La Croix, the French Catholic newspaper.  That means I read the Pope's pointers in English translated from French which was translated from Spanish.  To simplify all of this, I offer the pointers in my ow … [Read more...]

World Meeting of Families: Another Papal Slip-Up?

On July 25, I reported that Pope Francis would be coming to the United States in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. I was relaying the announcement by Archbishop Charles Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia, that the pope would attend the meeting on September 25-27.  Now, the Vatican says "Not so fast!"According to Vatican Radio,The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, issued a statement on Friday, saying the Pope has not c … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Enjoys Pasta With the Guys, Skips the Sauce

Pope at Vatican Canteen

This is charming:  Pope Francis showed up unexpectedly at the Vatican Canteen for lunch yesterday.According to Vatican Radio: He turned up there unexpected shortly after noon much to everybody’s astonishment and after taking a tray and cutlery joined the line with all the employees to be served his lunch.  Staff at the canteen said he ate pasta without sauce and cod served with grilled tomatoes.  He ate his lunch at a long table alongside a group of various employees. Describing the … [Read more...]


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