Pope Francis to Footballers: Don’t Neglect Generosity, Camaraderie & Beauty

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New out this morning at News.va is an outstanding article on Pope Francis’ meeting this morning with members of the Italian and Argentinian national football squads. Definitely click through and read the full version of the article, which includes the Holy Father’s remarks in their entirety. Coaches at any level would do well to share this [Read More...]

The Day Pope Francis Dropped by the Vatican Power Plant: What Would You Do?

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News reports coming out of the Vatican today are documenting a remarkable, spontaneous visit by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s industrial zone, including a visit to the power plant, the woodworking area, and also time spent with the blacksmiths and plumbers. Per the News.va website: A visit that everyone hoped for and no one could [Read More...]

Motu Proprio on Money Laundering, Terrorism and WMDs

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Hot off the press this morning, an official press release on the new Motu Proprio of Pope Francis concerning “the prevention and countering of money laundering, the financing of terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” At the moment, only the Italian version of the full document is listed on the Vatican website, but most certainly [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Day

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Released today by the Vatican, Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day encourages words of great hope and challenge for all of us. In so many ways, we are each called to the life of a “missionary”. Your mission field may be as close as your own home or half a world away. Regardless, we [Read More...]

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for August

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I’m late to post these, but am so moved by both of Pope Francis’ intentions for August: GENERAL INTENTION: That parents and teachers may help the new generation to grow in upright conscience and life. MISSION INTENTION: That the local Church in Africa, faithfully proclaiming the Gospel, may promote peace and justice. Find additional commentary [Read More...]

Don’t Miss Pat Gohn’s WaPo Take on Pope Francis & the Theology of Women

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When I grow up (if I do), I would love to be half as well-educated and as eloquent as my dear friend Pat Gohn. The author of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious and the host of the Among Women Podcast, Pat is the perfect person to help us better understand the context of Pope Francis’ now [Read More...]

What American Would You Appoint to the Pontifical Commission on Economic Structures?

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Today’s news about Pope Francis’ appointment of a Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the economic-administrative structure of the Holy See has me pondering the commission’s members: Dr. Joseph FX Zahra (Malta), President Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda (Secretary of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs), Secretary Mr Jean-Baptiste de Franssu (France) Dr. Enrique Llano [Read More...]

Will the Vatican Banking Scandal Change the Way You Give?

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For some reason, my parish is a few weeks behind on the annual “Peter’s Pence” collection. We had the envelopes in this pews this weekend and will take up the collection to aid the Pope’s efforts next week. Per the USCCB website: The purpose of the Peter’s Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father [Read More...]

“An Encyclical Written with Four Hands”

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New out from Catholic News Service, this video on the writing of the anticipated first papal encyclical from Pope Francis: In it, we find CNS Rome bureau chief Francis X. Rocca discussing the authorship of Lumen Fidei – “The Light of Faith” – which will be released on Friday. More on the encyclical: News.va Catholic [Read More...]

Cute Kid Test-Driving Pope Mobile Steals My Heart

How awesome is this Rome Reports video of a teenager “test driving” the Popemobile? Clearly, no words are necessary when it comes to Pope Francis. The test driver in question is Alberto di Tullio, a 17 year old who was admiring the popemobile during his June 19th visit to the General Audience. Per a Huffington Post [Read More...]


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