Pope Francis: No Commendatore, No Michael Corleone

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It may have gotten a four minute standing ovation from his Bishops, but Pope Francis' closing remarks to the synod, which I thought were pretty beautifully wrought, are being praised-but-quietly by others, at least as I am surveying today.It seems to me people aren't really appreciating what Francis said there -- how capably and clearly he let both the "left" and the "right", the progressives and the traditionalists, know that neither side has a corner on the fullness of the faith or the … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas from Books, Books, Books in the Mail!

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My husband pretty famously teases (and sometimes rants) about the number of books that arrive here and get placed into shaky "I'm going to read this as soon as I can!" piles all around my office. Normally when he grouses, I say, "oh, pshaw!" but the number of books that have arrived here over the past two weeks is rather astonishing, and to his credit, the dear man (who is better than I deserve) has only shaken his head in sadness, and moved along.But these are good books -- some for men, … [Read more...]

Beatification: Raw Video

Two minutes of history, y'all: Benedict formally asks that his predecessor be included among the blessed.It's official:CBS News: Cardinal Wuerl weighs in; some shots of pilgrims in the rain. Can anyone spot Elizabeth?Footage of the vigil. (Yes, the announcer mispronounces "Dziwisz," though not so badly as the other one):Update: World News offers its overview. It estimates the number of attendees at 1.5 million. I'm not sure, but I think that's a record. And yes, the Poles … [Read more...]


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