Category Archives: Church News

Philly is SOLD OUT for Jim Gaffigan Show–Even Pope Francis will be there!

Ok, so maybe Gaffigan isn’t the main attraction. Or Mark Wahlberg, Aretha Franklin, or Andrea Bocelli. The Catholic comedian explained to Conan O’Brien last night how he got booked to perform stand-up before a million or so pilgrims and one Roman Pontiff (brief language warning–someone uses the A-word): Kidding aside, there’s something noteworthy here. While […]

Vatican Issues Long-Awaited Statement on Gay Penguins

No, for real. You used to have to make this stuff up.  Not anymore. This is what happened: An Italian lesbian wrote a children’s book about two gay penguins who adopt a baby penguin and raise it as their own.  The book found its way onto the reading lists of some primary schools.  Sounds about […]

Report: Pope Francis Invites Oprah, Agent Ari Emanuel, Others, to Vatican

According to a report posted online today (Aug. 5) in The Hollywood Reporter, Pope Francis is looking to improve both the Church’s influence on Western culture, and the way it’s portrayed in popular entertainment, by playing host to a summit meeting sometime this fall at the Vatican. From the article: The pontiff apparently is interested in […]

Pope Francis Appoints Father Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop for Los Angeles

It’s a big day in Hollywood, as one of the Church’s top media personalities comes to the media hub of the world. From my Pax Culturati blog at Patheos: It’s such an obviously awesome and appropriate move that one can hardly believe that the Vatican actually did it. Father Robert Barron, founder of the Word […]

A Sort of Homecoming: Top 10 Pope Francis Quotes From South America

From July 7-13, Pope Francis visited South America: Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Here are my personal 10 favorite quotes from the trip; words that show his Gospel-centered faith and pastor’s sensibility. (To read the whole thing, find each event here.) 1. Impromptu: ‘I hold you all in my heart …’ “Now I will celebrate Mass, and I […]

Pope Francis on the Biblical Basis of Respect for Nature

Sometimes certain environmentalists criticize the Bible as the root of disregard for and disrespect for nature.  They think that modern, western nations have shown a remarkable desire (and ability) to master and control nature, and they note that modern, western nations were shaped by the Bible.  And they note that the Bible expressly tells human […]

This Is Not ‘The Encyclical’ You Were Looking For (But It’s Funny)

Courtesy of Observatório do Clima, a nonprofit based in Brazil, that advocates for action on climate change. Pope Francis’ real encyclical on the environment is released worldwide on June 18, and as with most things, it probably won’t live up to the hype of the trailer (or the hype, in general). But, enjoy: Image: YouTube screenshot […]

Bishop of Brooklyn: Do Not Take Threats to Religious Freedom Lightly

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is warning Catholics in his diocese that the threat to religious freedom in this country is real, and our children will be the ones to suffer if we fail to be vigilant. While rightly cautioning against any attempts to equate the situation in America with the violent persecutions in other […]



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