I Have No Idea Where Pope Francis Gets These Ideas About Lent

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.

—Pope Francis, Message of His Holiness for Lent 2014

Oh. Wait. [Read more...]

Five Songs to Usher In Lent (2014 Edition)

It has been a roller coaster of a week. Russia invited themselves into Ukraine, Pope Francis gave another interview, a bishop in Texas did what he had to do, the reverberations of which are still rippling outwards. Can you say, hurly-burly? I’m reminded of what Rumer Godden wrote in the opening lines of In This House of Brede, [Read more...]

Your Pope Francis Photograph Of The Day

The Chalice, like a Boss.

*image is from a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pope Francis And The Pentecostals: “We must cry together, like Joseph did. These tears will unite us. These tears of love.” UPDATED

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
—Jesus, the Christ (John 17:20-21)

This grainy video of Papa Francesco addressing a conference of Penetecostals here in the U.S. is making the rounds. Take a look. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is Just Like Us (Exhibit # 742: He Renews His Argentine Passport)

You know how when your passport, or your drivers license, comes up for renewal, and you go through all the bureaucratic mumbo jumbo to get it renewed? So does Pope Francis. But unlike you and me, see, when Pope Francis renews his passport, it’s headline news.

I like the dead pan expression here though, don’t you? Somehow, it speaks volumes to me. [Read more...]

The Pope’s Harley Davidson Super Glide Fetches $327K At Auction

Photo credit: Bonham’s

The proceeds will benefit a shelter and soup kitchen in Rome that is run by Caritas. [Read more...]

Secretary John Kerry Gets An Earful From The Vatican SecState Regarding The HHS Mandate

“Ahem. About the recent domestic unpleasantness with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Papa Francesco is not ‘amused.’

The big headline was all about Pope Francis’s strong words regarding the horror of abortion. Let others be shocked that il Papa stands for the culture of life. The neat thing to me was that the comments were made to the envoys to the Holy See. Ambassadors will have a few things to report back to their respective Chief Executives, etc.

The tidbit that stealthily stood out to me, though, was the mention of the 100 minute long meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin. They discussed, among other important things, the HHS Mandate. Francis X. Rocca of the Catholic News Service spells it out below, [Read more...]

The Number One Reason Why Folks Admire Pope Francis

In a word, authenticity. Pope Francis is renovating the crumbling structure of what it means to be a Christian these days, see? [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year

Just remember who predicted this, umkay? Here’s the recap. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is In The Running For TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year

Luca Zennaro, PoolLUCA — AP Photo

I predict a landslide victory for Papa Francesco.

The competition? Hmmmmm. Prince George? Vince Gilligan? Shinzo Abe? Chris Chrisite? Basher Assad? Miley Cyris? Barack Obama? Kathleen Sibelius?

Are you freaking kidding me? <==Miley Cyris is in the lead?! [Read more...]