Get the Pope App – Free All Access News Source

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If you don’t have it yet, I’d recommend that today would be the perfect moment to download the Pope App. This free smartphone application is a project of, the official Vatican media source. Here’s an overview: An app focused on the figure of His Holiness Benedict XVI. It will allow you to follow his [Read More...]

Thank You, Papa: A Tribute to Pope Benedict XVI


From our amazing friends at Life Teen! “The Church needs your faith, your idealism, and your generosity, so that she can always be young in Spirit.” – Pope Benedict XVI We at Life Teen remember and honor the legacy of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for his service to the Church and to his [Read More...]

“Sweet Sistine” Papal Brackets? Who Can Resist?!


My first round picks are in for the Religion News Service papal brackets. I’m still not even close to publicly divulging who I’ve got going “all the way”, but I will tell you that it is one of those mentioned in the RNS Sweet Sixteen. On a more serious note, is there “harm” in taking [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl on TMZ – Weird Conclave News of the Day

Cardinal Wuerl

First, just fyi I’m planning a big LA Congress roundup post later today with tons of photos, so stay tuned. In the mean time, I’m busy digging out of my email inbox, where I found this little gem that just must be shared. His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the sixth and current Archbishop of Washington, [Read More...]

Is “Sped Up” Conclave a Good Idea?


From yesterday’s New York Times (excerpted): Church law states that cardinals should wait 15 days after the papacy becomes vacant before starting a conclave so that the cardinals eligible to vote have enough time to travel to Rome. That timing also took into account a papal funeral. But because Benedict announced on Feb. 11 that he would [Read More...]

Interactive “How a Pope Is Elected” Pretty Cool!

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If you have a few moments, head over and visit the awesome interactive feature “How A Pope is Elected” at La Stampa’s Vatican Insider. The screenshots below will give you a sense of how the animated feature walks you through the locations central to the Conclave. You’ll even see Swiss Guard and red-clad Cardinals processing [Read More...]

@Pontifex vs @CardinalDolan Twitter Smackdown

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Because I’m just getting back from Hawaii and can’t seem to string two coherent thoughts together, here’s a little something to enjoy on this lovely President’s day I’m especially amused by the fact that both are determined to be “gamers” based upon their tweets. Who would you line up against each other in a Twitter [Read More...]

A Word from Your Catholic Friend: What Not to Say to Me Today


Here’s a bit of friendly wisdom for my non-Catholic friends and neighbors who may be wondering what the heck to NOT to say to me on a day like today when I’ve just received big news that my spiritual shepherd is resigning: Wow, I heard your Pope’s quitting. This means he’s dying, right? Wow, that’s so [Read More...]

Oh Papa… On the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

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It’s taken me a while to sit behind the keyboard and compose a few thoughts this morning… I kept trying, and then needing to get up and walk away. There are plenty of great accounts of this morning’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will be resigning at the end of this month. For [Read More...]

The Pope Wrote Me (& You!) a Letter Today

My letter from Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope wrote me a letter today. Yes, you read that correctly. Today, I received a personal, emotional, instructive and wise missive from my Holy Father. It came in the form of this year’s message for the 47th World Communications Day. His letter had a descriptive title: Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new [Read More...]