What’s In A Name? The Pope Tells Us In His Own Words

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For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies V: Pope Francis’s Favorite Film…

Truth be told, I almost featured this last week. But what with the conclave and all, I chose The Shoes of the Fisherman instead. I’m glad I did, too, as the inner workings of the voting, the making of smoke signals, and the naming of an unlikely Pope all kind of set the stage for the real thing that happened on Wednesday. [Read more…]

Among Other Things, Pope Francis Loved Dancing the Tango…

“Yes, I do like to dance, actually…”

Perhaps he could be the first Pontiff to cut the mustard on Dancing With The Stars. [Read more…]

The Pope Riding the Bus Photograph…

Trying to blend in…is it working?

…is in need of a soundtrack. Someone suggested 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. But to me, a pair of tunes instantly came to mind.

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Because I Love Bacon…

Sure, I eat it sparingly, but I do enjoy the sounds, smells, and tastes of sizzling bacon. And if you love bacon, and aren’t a naturally annoying person, Christianity is the religion for you!

But don’t be a “boring, generic, Christian.” Life is too short for that. [Read more…]

Dan Browns’ Novels Will Never Be the Same After This…UPDATED

But I thought it was all a big secret…

I’m ¬†talking about the complete digitization of the holdings of the Vatican Library and Archives. ¬†It will come to pass over the next 9 years, or so. [Read more…]

For All the Saints: Perpetua and Felicitas

Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus (Public Domain)

Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus (Public Domain)

 

Today is the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas. I drummed up a few tidbits about them from the YIMCatholic Bookshelf. [Read more…]

Pia de Solenni Will Be On HuffPost Live Talking About “The Church Youth Want” UPDATED

The segment is scheduled for 11:00 AM Eastern time. You can view the discussion at the HuffPost Live website.

Who is Pia de Solenni? [Read more…]

During the Papal Interregnum, It’s Time To Embrace the Reality of Mystery

A very long time ago (or so it seems from my end), every title of the posts in this space were ledes to an exposition upon the statement “Why I Am Catholic.” The titles themselves were basically one line answers to the statement all in themselves. I can’t promise that they will always be like that from now on. But nowadays I do find I yearn to return to this practice. It is something that I believe I am called to do. [Read more…]

A Poem and a Prayer as a Pontiff Retires


Today’s gospel reading is a fitting reminder that the Christian model of leadership is not of this earth. Of course, Our Redeemer, who had also said “before Abraham was, I Am,” was of heaven. Thus Jesus tells the disciples, [Read more…]