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

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?

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”

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...]

Per Papa: Watch Your Mouth

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”

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?

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?

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?

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

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...]


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