Pope Francis Is Coming to America!

Logo - World Meeting of Families

Big news today from Philadelphia! We've just learned that Pope Francis has accepted the invitation from Archbishop Charles Chaput to come to Philly in 2015, and to attend the World Meeting of Families. Organized by the Pontifical Council for Families, the World Meeting has as its theme “The Gospel of the Family, Resource of Humanity.” This theme will emphasize the good news of the family and its intrinsic value to the good of society.Archbishop Chaput made the announcement before his homily J … [Read more...]

Vatican Announces “Ninety Minutes for Peace” Charity Soccer Match

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi present a "tree for peace" to Pope Francis in August 2013

In August 2013, Pope Francis met with soccer teams from Argentina and Italy who were together in Rome for a friendly match.  At that meeting, Francis told the players from both teams to remember they are role models on and off the field “for better or worse.” He asked for their prayers for himself “on the playing field God put me on.”Argentine soccer star Javier Zanetti mentioned that he'd like to see a sporting event which draws together people of different religions.That idea took shape … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Bishop Tony Palmer, Pope Francis’ Friend, Dies in Motorcycle Crash – UPDATED

Tony Palmer

R.I.P.  Bishop Tony Palmer Died July 20, 2014Tony Palmer, the charismatic young preacher who enjoyed a friendship with Pope Francis, has apparently died in a motorcycle accident.Not a Catholic, Palmer was bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a group that is inspired by the "middle way" of classical Anglicanism and considers itself part of the Convergence Movement.News is spotty at this point; but according to Archbishop Charles Hill, presiding prelate at … [Read more...]