Per Papa: Watch Your Mouth

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I love the ease with which Pope Francis preaches in this Rome Reports video from earlier today as he celebrates Mass with employees of Argentinian embassies and consulates in Italy: While the video doesn’t give the full context of the Pope’s homily, I would imagine that his remarks — preached in Spanish for the first time [Read More...]

Pope Francis to “Staycation”

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Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Pope Francis will be “staycationing” this summer: video link From the Vatican comes the official announcement: In a note released today, the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household announced that, during the summer period, all private and special audiences will be suspended. The Wednesday general audiences of 3,10, [Read More...]

Holy Fathers – Are Comparisons Fair?

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Since shortly after the moment his name was announced, Catholics who are active in the blogosphere and social media have been making comparisons between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Perhaps we can’t help ourselves, and perhaps such conversation is better than being completely unabsorbed in the working of the Church… my jury is [Read More...]

Will You Be Joining Pope Francis in Prayer?

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I’m looking forward to Sunday, June 2 — the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ — when we’re all invited to pray with the Holy Father as part of a worldwide initiative. Rome Reports has the story: I haven’t really done the math in my head, but I do believe the initiative in [Read More...]

What Have I Given Up to Follow Jesus?

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I’m sort of in love with the daily opportunity to watch Pope Francis preach via Youtube. Today is no exception: To follow Jesus means to follow His path, not for power but by our witness and service. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass. Reflecting on the Gospel of the day, [Read More...]

Pope Francis to “Unlock” Pontifical Mission Societies’ “Missio” App

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From the Catholic geek files news desk comes the exciting update that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, will engage in a historic moment on Friday when he activates a brand new smartphone app called “Missio”. I’ll share the full press release below, but just have to say that this is a fascinating development in the [Read More...]

PopeFrancis.com: Could @Pontifex Be our First Blogging Pope?

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From the Chicago Tribune this weekend came the story of the man who had the foresight to register the domain “PopeFrancis.com” and who was a cool enough person to give it to the Vatican instead of using it for personal gain: The Vatican has officially accepted a gift to Pope Francis from Chicago lawyer Chris [Read More...]

Two Mothers and 800 Martyrs: Our Newest Saints

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What a joyful coincidence was yesterday’s canonization of two “Mothers” and 800 martyrs on our “Mother’s Day”. Pope Francis’ homily (quoted in portions below) provided a compelling introduction to our newest patrons: 800 Martyrs of Otranto: Today the Church proposes for our veneration a host of martyrs, who were called together to the supreme witness to [Read More...]

First Saints Canonized by Pope Francis

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At Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis canonized 800 Martyrs from the Italian city of Otranto, along with two Latin American religious Foundresses, Mother Laura Montoya e Upegui – the first Colombian saint – and Mother Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, from Mexico. In his homily, the Holy Father asked us to “look [Read More...]

Pope Francis Stickers? Sign Me Up!

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Love this little video from Rome Reports, which gives an overview of the newly minted and über collectible Pope Francis Stickers and Album, called “The Album of Joy”. Haven’t succeeded in finding them for sale online anywhere, which is probably a good thing! [Read more...]


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