Category Archives: Pope Francis

Vatican’s firing of gay priest puts “Who am I to Judge” to the test

  Today, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, a Polish priest who works–or rather, worked–in the Vatican decided to announce that he’s gay and has a partner. In an interview with “Corriere della Sera,” Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa said: I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay […]

I Have Two Questions About Mo Rocca

If you don’t know what transpired at the papal Mass at New York City’s Madison Square Garden — within the archdiocese that is under the direct control of Cardinal Timothy Dolan — then click here to read a giddy Huffington Post article about reporter/comic Mo Rocca’s appearance as a lector. I’m not interested in getting into the […]

Little Sister of the Poor: ‘His Gaze Was Like Jesus …’

In my day job, I work at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. One of my former journalism students is pictured above (at far left) with Pope Francis. I was so moved by talking with her, I decided to share here what we are sharing on the college website and the Gregorian Institute website … Benedictine […]

Connecting the Dots with Pope Francis

During his all too brief tour of the United States over the last several days, Pope Francis gave multiple speeches each day covering a wide range of topics, but with several recurring themes. He spoke often of entering into dialogue with different viewpoints, ideologies, and religions–many of which are in direct opposition and some of […]

Pope Francis Visits 9/11 Memorial

I don’t like writing about man-made mass atrocity. Every time I do, I access memories and emotions of the Oklahoma City bombing. Pope Francis stood at the monument for the Twin Towers. He spoke with and touched the families of those who died there. We, the grieving American people, have built a beautiful memorial on […]

No, U.S. News, Francis Did Not Echo Obama

Gary Emerling at U.S. News & World Report thinks he spotted something. “Toward the beginning of his address,” to the U.S. Congress Sept. 24 “Francis alluded to religious extremism, noting that ‘no religion is immune from it’.” The Pope Francis Quote: “Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in […]



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