Pope Francis, Eli, the New York Times and Humility

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One of the best things about living in a hotel room for two weeks in Boston is having both the Boston Globe and the New York Times discreetly dropped next to your door each morning. So this morning, I rose to the hard copy of the NY Times’ article (which had been posted online yesterday) [Read More...]

Not Sneaking Out, but Pope Francis WAS a Bouncer

From Daniel Burke of Belief Blog at CNN: Video Link [Read more...]

Evangelii Gaudium Day One: A JOY EVER NEW, A JOY WHICH IS SHARED

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Happy New Year! If you’re Catholic and you’re reading this, my greeting makes sense as we find one another on the eve of the first day of a new liturgical year and celebrating the dawn of a new Advent. I love Advent. That wasn’t always the case… In my younger years, Advent’s seemingly penitential nature [Read More...]

Are You a Missionary? @Pontifex Ponderings

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In his morning tweet today, Pope Francis thanked missionaries who “quietly work hard”: I thank all missionaries, men and women who quietly work hard for the Lord and their brothers and sisters. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) November 4, 2013 His tweet got me to thinking about the question, “Am I a missionary?” When you look [Read More...]

I’m Saving to Bid on a Holy Harley

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Out from The Telegraph this weekend, news that Pope Francis intends to donate his recently received Harley Davidson motorcycle to benefit a Caritas-run soup kitchen: The motorbike presented to the Pope will be auctioned to raise money for refurbishment at the hostel and soup kitchen run by charity Caritas near Rome’s Termini station. Caritas Roma [Read More...]

Hey Pope Francis, Thanks for the Synod!

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Fresh news this morning that Pope Francis has called for Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Vatican from 5 to 19 October 2014, on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization”. Rome Reports has an overview: Video Link Since it’s an ‘extraordinary [Read More...]

Video: Pope Francis Meets with Cardinal Dolan and USCCB Leadership

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From Rome Reports, we have some terrific firsthand footage of Pope Francis’ meeting today with Cardinal Dolan and the leadership of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: In attendance with Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of Louisville Joseph Kurtz, the Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain, and the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Bransfield. My favorite aspect of [Read More...]

Free Book Will Introduce Children to Our Lady of Fatima

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Fresh out today, great news about an initiative to reintroduce Our Lady of Fatima and her lessons to children around the world. Last night, I was conversing with some Catholic mothers about the lack of great books for our children. This seems to be a step in the right direction! LMH Fatima book to be [Read More...]

Is Pope Francis’ Accessibility a Good Thing or a Disaster?

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If you’re paying attention today amidst all of the government shutdown stuff, you’ve likely heard the scuttlebutt about Pope Francis’ most recent media interview. You’ll find the English translation of his chat with La Repubblica’s founder, Eugenio Scalfari — an atheist — on the Culture page at La Repubblica. The Catholic blogosphere is once again abuzz, [Read More...]

Of Elders, Children and The Greatest Among Us

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Blessedly, today finds me working from my home office. This is a rare occurrence in my life at the moment — for the month of October I’ll be in my home zip code for only five days. That craziness is fodder for another post, but today I thought I’d share some fruit from my morning [Read More...]


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