The Priest Who Baptized Jorge Bergoglio, the Future Pope

At his Wednesday Audience on November 13, 2013, Pope Francis, continuing his catechesis on the Creed, spoke about the sacrament of Baptism.  He looked at the three main elements of the proclamation:“I confess” – The first words, said the Holy Father, are a “solemn declaration” which “highlights the importance of Baptism and affirms our identity as children of God.”  He noted that in the sacrament, our faith is also linked to the remission of sins. “one Baptism” – The word ‘baptism’ literal … [Read more...]

Alas! We Will Not Be Driving the Pope’s Fiat Panda

Pope Francis Raffle

I really thought we had a chance.One of my Christmas gifts for my husband this year was a raffle ticket for Pope Francis' January 8 raffle.  First prize in the raffle, which was organized by the Vatican to help raise funds to help the poor, was the pope's new Fiat Panda 4x4.  Other prizes in the raffle included four spiffy bikes, a Sony videocamera, a high-end espresso machine, an iPod and iPhone, and a Panama hat, along with some 30+ undescribed "consolation prizes."Tickets for Pope Fr … [Read more...]

Tonight on CBS, a Peek Inside the Vatican Library

Vatican Archives 1

Tonight on CBS, viewers will be treated to a special hour of "60 Minutes Presents:  Inside the Vatican."  Scott Pelley will profile Pope Francis, who is surprising the world by spurning tradition; and Morley Safer will lead viewers on a tour of the Vatican Library.The program will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Pacific Time.  To whet your appetite for what is certain to be a fascinating disclosure of rarely seen documents, let me tell you a little about the things I've seen in that ha … [Read more...]