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...]

Get Your Pope Francis Awesome Sauce Right Here…

Straight from the source. No filters. No handlers.

Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, 2013

Read it, and leap!

Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit The Bus?

See, he gave a little homily today, like he usually does. The first reading was from good ole 1 Maccabees, which is a book that I didn’t even know existed for the longest time. Lots of important history in 1 and 2 Maccabees. Did I mention how Judas Maccabeus reminds me of Lee Van Cleef? [Read more...]

To Avoid Being A Pelagian

He’s a Cardinal, not a Pelagian

Father Dwight Longenecker has been noodling a speech on the New Evangelization that was given recently by Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga. The speech can be read in full over at Whispers in the Loggia.

Cardinal Maradiaga, whom John Allen once described as being a good candidate to become  “Missionary-in-Chief,” said a number of great things in his speech. Things like, [Read more...]


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