Colbert and Dolan: Prayer, Punditry and Popes

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If you didn’t catch it live, you’ve surely heard about Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent appearance on The Colbert Report. While I seriously doubt that Cardinal Dolan needs the famous “Colbert bump”, he did have a great chance to share about his new e-book, Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis. Priced [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

Ken Hackett Confirmed as New US Ambassador to the Holy See

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Upon his confirmation as the next United States Ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett — former President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services — received a strong message of support from Dr. Carolyn Woo, who followed him at CRS: “We are overjoyed that the country will be represented by a man who through his [Read More...]

Lumen Fidei – Light of Faith

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I awoke this morning to the release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith). While I’m not awake yet to have read the document in full (or truthfully even in part), you can find the full encyclical on the Vatican’s website in PDF or e-reader. I will read it over the weekend and [Read More...]

What’s the “Pallium”?

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You’ve probably seen it, but perhaps you didn’t even know what it was called: the “pallium”. Per Catholic Encyclopedia, a definition: The modern pallium is a circular band about two inches wide, worn about the neck, breast, and shoulders, and having two pendants, one hanging down in front and one behind. The pendants are about [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...]

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...]

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...]

Why Pope Francis’ Living Arrangements Matter – To Me

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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...]


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