Papa and Pop-Pop, Side-by-Side as Christians

What a day it is! With the release of Lumen Fidei and the announcement of canonizations of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, today is all about continuity, cohesion and co-operation: the announced canonization of two modern popes; the release of an encyclical composed by two modern popes, "written with four hands" but with one heart; an unexpected moment when two modern popes sit side-by-side and ask our great angelic warrior, Saint Michael the Archangel, and the most humble of … [Read more...]

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Predicting the Pope: the ultimate sucker’s bet – UPDATED

“I call as my witness Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who before God I think should be elected.”That is what each Cardinal Elector will say each time he approaches the altar to deliver his vote for the next pope.Pretty grave stuff, right there; I would bet that each time he repeats that sentence -- on top of all the prefacing vows and promises -- the weight of it is felt a bit more deeply.Imagine being surrounded on all sides by Mic … [Read more...]

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