Was This the First Time In History That the Bishop of Constantinople Attended the Installation of the Bishop of Rome? UPDATED

A Sign of Peace for the record books! H/T Joseph Susanka

You’ve heard reports about the fact that the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s attendance at the installation of Pope Francis was big news. It would be the first time it had happened in close to a thousand years, we were told. But what if it was the first time ever? [Read more...]

What Would the Desert Fathers Think of Pope Francis Blessing the Disabled Man?

Agape in action.

Surely you’ve seen the video of Pope Francis stopping his ride into St. Peter’s Square so he could give a blessing. Deacon Greg shared it earlier, [Read more...]

The Homily of Pope Francis at the Inauguration of His Papal Ministry UPDATED

Pope Francis receiving the Fisherman’s Ring… (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Courtesy of the good folks at Vatican Radio, delivered on the most beautiful day in Rome in weeks. Here it is in its entirety,

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude. [Read more...]

The Installation Mass of Pope Francis…

Can be viewed in real time here… [Read more...]

Not That Anyone is Asking, but Hans Küng Approves of Pope Francis’s Election

Not so fast there, Skipper…

Sure, Fr. Hans Küng believes in the dubious problem of overpopulation, and that the birth control pill is the best thing since sliced bread, etc.  But still, you probably didn’t see this tacit endorsement coming. [Read more...]

Pope Francis’s Homily Today at St. Anne’s is Simply Beautiful UPDATED

Pope Francis is a great extemporaneous speaker. Here is the homily that he delivered today. Deacon Greg gives us a taste, but below is the “must see” video.  [Read more...]

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

Roll clip, [Read more...]

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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