In a Timeless Tradition, the Camerlengo Taps His Silver Hammer on the Pope’s Head

Today in Vatican City, Pope Francis named a new camerlengo. For those (probably most of us) who aren't sure what that means, the "camerlengo" or "chamberlain" is the  cardinal who keeps things running smoothly in the Vatican City-State after the death or resignation of a pope.  According to Wikipedia:Unlike the rest of Roman Curia, the Camerlengo retains his office during the sede vacante and functions as the executive director of the Vatican's operations, answerable to the College of Card … [Read more...]

Say a Prayer for Pope Francis Today, As He Celebrates His Priesthood Anniversary

Pope Francis priesthood anniversary

Yes, he is the Vicar of Christ, leader of the Catholic Church in the entire world.  But today, Pope Francis is remembering his priestly ordination.  It was on December 13, 1969 that he was ordained by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano, Archbishop of Córdoba.This morning, Pope Francis asked for prayer for himself, and for all priests.Here, from Catholic Online, a prayer for a priest:  O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him … [Read more...]

Bergoglio’s List: The Untold Story of Pope Francis’ Heroism in the Face of Evil

Bergoglios List

In 1976, the Argentinian military overthrew the government of President Isabel Perón in the so-called "Dirty War."  In the ensuing nine years, the dictatorship suppressed "subversives"--abducting, torturing and even murdering as many as 30,000 people.At the time of the Dirty War, a 39-year-old Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio--the future Pope Francis--was head of the Jesuit province in Argentina.There have been conflicting stories about what he did during the dark years of dict … [Read more...]