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...]

To Pray Like Blessed John XXIII, in Youth and Old Age

On a Fall day in the year 1898, an almost 17 year old future Pope wrote the following in his journal, [Read more...]

Attention to Orders: Fall In for Prayer Muster at 1100 Eastern Time

Bring this prayer card, or your own prayerful intentions for the soon to be announced Papal Conclave. Rosary beads are optional.

For those who can follow along with the celebration of Vespers in Rome (say, via EWTN, Catholic Radio, etc.) feel free to use this handy guide published by the Vatican.

That is all.

If You Love Pope Benedict XVI, Set Him Free

And so we woke up this morning to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning his post as Captain of the Barque of Saint Peter. The best reaction I’ve seen so far comes from Fr. James Martin, SJ, [Read more...]

Losing Our Religion? Or Have We Forgotten It? Thoughts on an NPR Series from the Crucifixion of Our Lord UPDATED

I don’t know if you listen to NPR but they’ve been doing a little series this week called “Losing Our Religion.” It is about the group of folks who when asked what their religion is, they state “none.” Noting that many people turn towards religion when they encounter difficulties and tragedies, this series has been about people who have often times done the exact opposite.

They’ve left their religions, but not necessarily their belief in God (though some have), for various reasons. [Read more...]

Human Trafficking is Not Just a Third World Problem

Just ask the folks from Convenant House. They’ve put together a campaign called Abolish Child Trafficking. The USCCB is dedicated to fighting this scourge as well.

Timothy Dalrymple shares an interview about efforts to stop this blight timed for what has been designated as a National Weekend of Prayer focused on this issue by Christians. [Read more...]

Because Thomas Merton Gave Lectures Like This On Love

Of the theological virtues Faith, Hope, and Love, St. Paul writes that the greatest of these is Love. Our Lord also said so when He was being questioned by the scholar of the law and gave us the Two Greatest Commandments, both of which are based on love; the love of God and the love of neighbor.

It sounds pretty easy, and in theory it is. But in practice? [Read more...]

For Our Lady, “The Terror of Hell”

—Solemnity, Mary, Mother of God

For most of us, today is a Holy Day of Obligation. It’s the day where we recognize the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the Mother of God. In this post, we’ll look at something one of my friends from the group I call the Dead Jesuits wrote, exploring another dimension of Our Lady’s role as the Theotokos. [Read more...]

O Emmanuel (God with Us)

 

“O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.” [Read more...]


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