Category Archives: Pope Francis

Reporting Rome Right: Five Questions With Fr. John Wauck

Last Fall Father John Wauck spoke at Benedictine College and other campuses about Pope Francis, the communicator. Now he is offering a week-long seminar in Rome for journalists, “The Church Up Close: Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis,” organized by the School of Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Sept. 8-14. [...]

How New Media Can Enhance Our Lives

When I shared the terrible things social media are doing to our lives, I started by quoting Plato’s fears that writing would hurt our memories. He was right — it did. But of course writing did much more than that: It put an order and discipline to our thinking that not only made us better [...]

How New Media Are Destroying Our Lives

Plato worried that the new media called “writing” would ruin our memories – and he was right. “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of [...]

The Five Most Important Battles in Catholic History

In America, we are all blessed with the freedom to practice our religious beliefs, not only in the secret depths of our hearts but fully and openly in the public square. Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims have fought side-by-side in our wars. Memorial Day is a celebration of those brave men and women who died [...]

11 Books That Pope Francis Likes to Read at The Beach

Okay, Pope Francis probably won’t find time to get to the beach this summer.  But maybe you will, and now you have something to read while you sit in the sun. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera recently published an 11-volume set of Pope Francis’ favorite books.  Dubbed “The Library of Pope Francis,” the collection [...]

US Embassy to Vatican: Celebrate LGBT Day With Us!

Our embassy to the Holy See was established to promote goodwill between the United States and the Vatican. Under the Obama administration, however, it has at best done nothing and at worst it actively harms our relationship with the Holy See. Today for instance the embassy staff took a break from posting selfies and asking [...]

Pope Francis to United Nations Officials: Full Text

{Ed. Note: We present here the full text of the address by Pope Francis to executives from the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes.} Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you [...]

The Culture of Life is a Culture of Motherhood

Let’s talk about diapers: a newborn baby will need 2,500 diapers in the first year, and many more after that, but state-run programs like WIC and SNAP don’t address even basic needs like diapers. The fight to end abortion grabs headlines, but the press pays little attention to the mundane needs of the single mother [...]

A Few Things I Need To Ask Pope Francis When He Calls

  Everyone knows by now that Pope Francis likes to call up unsuspecting people on the phone and make their day. This warm and personal pastoral technique also seems to have made quite the day for a number of liberal Catholic commentators and secular media pundits, whose long hours of theological study have led them [...]

Pope Francis: Say What?

Earlier this week, a story made the rounds on the inter-webs that Pope Francis had counselled an Argentine woman who had married a divorcee to go ahead and receive Communion. The story, as reported here, was based on an Italian report of an Argentine report based on a Facebook post by the husband of the [...]


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