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

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

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

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!

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...]

Video: Pope Washes, Kisses Feet of 12 Young Ones, Including Two Girls

You’ve been hearing about it today — the fact that Pope Francis would conduct Holy Thursday Mass at the juvenile penitentiary of Casal del Marmo, a facility for incarcerated youth. Here is video footage of the moment. I for simply can’t watch this without becoming emotional. While you watch this, consider these words spoken on [Read More...]

Always Step Outside Yourself!

  If you were paying attention today, you heard your Holy Father inviting you to fall in love not only with Holy Week, but more deeply with the world around you. This Rome Reports video captures a bit of the excitement felt at today’s first Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis: It seems like our new [Read More...]

Why Pope Francis’ Living Arrangements Matter – To Me

From Zenit via Fr. Lombardi, Holy See Press Office Director, this morning came the news of Pope Francis’ latest surprise – he will, for the time being, remain domiciled in Domus Sanctae Martae where he has been living since becoming our Pontiff. Here’s an eye-catching video from Catholic News Service that gives us an inside peek [Read More...]

#PopeMoving: Pontifical Mission Societies Offer a Practical Giving Opportunity

The world watched and celebrated this week as Pope Francis was installed as our new Holy Father. To mark this momentous occasion and to help the faithful commemorate Pope Francis’ Pontificate, the Pontifical Mission Societies have launched the “Pope Moving” campaign: Our Holy Father has indicated that he wants us to celebrate his inauguration as [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the Priesthood and the Eucharist

From EWTN comes this short video footage, where — as Cardinal Bergoglio — he comments on the role of the priesthood and the beauty of the Holy Eucharist: I love his comments on the laity, the faithful, in the participation of the Eucharist and his excited plea to young men to consider the beauty of [Read More...]


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