“Be Tender, As God Is Tender,” Pope Francis Tells Priests

“Leave the whip behind in the sanctuary,” Pope Francis told clergy gathered this week for retreat at the Roman Basilica of St. John Lateran. He challenged bishops, priests and deacons to mirror the tenderness of God in their ministries. They are called, the pope explained, to a ministry of tenderness which is “a divine grace.”Speaking about the tenderness of God, the pope recalled Deuteronomy 24—explaining that God, while acknowledging that men's hearts are hardened, nonetheless regards them … [Read more...]

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Nuns Hospitalized After Long, Hot Weekend Trapped in Elevator

It gets hot in the Eternal City this time of year!  Two Marist Sisters survived three hot days in a Rome elevator by drinking their own urine and praying a lot.A 58-year-old sister from Ireland and a 69-year-old sister from New Zealand became trapped in an elevator in the Marist Sisters' residence in Rome, after the electrical power failed. The convent, which hosts visitors from religious communities around the world, was otherwise unoccupied over the long weekend; so the sisters' cries for h … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis on a Possible Assassination Attempt: “I’m a Wimp When It Comes to Pain!”

If terrorists make good on their threat to attack Pope Francis, the pontiff says he hopes it won't hurt too much.  "I have said to the Lord: take care of me," the pope said in an interview with La Carcova News, a Buenos Aires news magazine. "...But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favor:  that they don't hurt me.  Because I'm a real wimp when it comes to physical pain." The story was told in The Tablet, which reiterated the concerns expressed by m … [Read more...]

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