Some of You Thought I Was Wrong About Patti Smith. You May Be Right, But…

Patti Smith

Well now!  Yesterday, I wrote about Pope Francis' invitation to Patti Smith to sing in the Vatican's annual Christmas Concert.  Both the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera and the International Business Times reported that Smith is one of the artists invited to perform at the annual Concerto di Natale, which will take place Dec. 13 at Auditorium Conciliazione and will be televised live on Italian television. I thought the punk rocker was an odd selection, considering the preponderance of g … [Read more...]

WHY PATTI SMITH? Pope Francis Invites Legendary Punk Rocker to Play Christmas Concert at the Vatican

Pope Francis greets Patti Smith after the Wednesday General Audience on April 13, 2013

Yesterday it was announced that Pope Francis invited Sr. Cristina Scuccia, who catapulted to fame after her appearance on Italy's "The Voice", and American punk rocker Patti Smith to play at the Vatican's Christmas Concert on December 13.The concert, which will be held December 13 at Rome's Auditorium Conciliazione, will be televised live. *     *     *     *     * I love Sr. Cristina, and I look forward to the release of her first album.But Patti Smith?  I confess, I'm not much of a fo … [Read more...]

Did Concerns Re. the Pope’s Agenda Color the USCCB General Assembly? Bishop Coyne Says Definitely Not

Bishop Christopher Coyne

At this week's General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indiana was elected by his brother bishops to the Chairmanship of the USCCB's Committee on Communications.Bishop Coyne is well known to Catholics on social media--as a blogger and writer, on television and radio, on Facebook and on Twitter.  In years past, his helpful tweets live from the floor of the USCCB have kept me apprised of what's happening in the Catholic world.On hi … [Read more...]