How Would You Like to Be Married by Pope Francis?

At Wednesday's General Audience, a newly married couple walks past the Swiss Guards to receive the traditional papal blessing.

The Vatican has announced that next month, Pope Francis will officiate at his first wedding ceremony since his election to the papacy.On September 14, Pope Francis will marry not just one, but 20 engaged couples from the Diocese of Rome.  The nuptial Mass will take place in St. Peter's Basilica, just a few weeks before the start of the extraordinary synod of bishops on the family.According to the Catholic Herald, this will be the first time since 2000 that a pope has officiated at a … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Cardinal Edmund Szoka. Detroit and the World Have Lost a Great Leader.

Cardinal Szoka

Sad news today from the Archdiocese of Detroit, where former Detroit archbishop and former President of Vatican City State Edmund Cardinal Szoka has gone to his eternal reward.According to the Archdiocese of Detroit website: With sadness and great hope in the Resurrection we share news of the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990 and went on to oversee the government of the Vatican City State under Pope John Paul II and Pope … [Read more...]

Rome’s Sant’Ignazio: Surprises Everywhere

Sant Ignazio 001

So we were walking around Rome... trudging, actually... for what seemed like hours.  And miles.  Or kilometers, I suppose, since we were in Rome.Anyway, we wandered toward Campus Martius, past gelato stands and trattorias and open markets, past offices and apartments, surrounded by pedestrians and taxis and Vespas, and then.... there on our right, standing in the middle of a bustling city block, was a church.  (Click on this and other images to see the fine details.)It was Sa … [Read more...]


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