Category Archives: Pope Francis

Modern Martyrs’ Stations of the Cross

Opening prayer: Lord Jesus, Pope Francis has asked us to contemplate “the martyrs of our own time” saying, “They refuse to deny Jesus and they endure insult and injury with dignity. They follow him on his way.” Help us learn from them to follow in your footsteps. First Station Pilate condemns Jesus “Crucify him!” they […]

Saint’s Dried Blood Liquifies in Pope Francis’ hands

According to people who know about these things, the dried blood of St. Januarius miraculously liquified after the reliquary holding the blood was handed to Pope Francis at an event on Saturday in Naples. St. Januarius was a fourth century bishop and martyr.  The vial of the saint’s dried blood is reported to turn to […]

Signs of Hope: The Benedict Bishop Bump

One of the memes currently circulating is that Pope Francis is in the midst of radically changing the American episcopate in a leftward, “progressive” direction. And whether or not you like using terms like “progressive” and “orthodox”, the media and some figures in the church are eager to claim that big change is happening. The […]

Pope Francis: Having A lot of Children is not “irresponsible”

. Okay, so a few weeks ago Pope Francis used some less than delicate language to state what the Church has always taught: Catholics are not obligated to have as many children as physically possible. I don’t have to repeat the whole saga for you.  You remember:  the media went wild, the people who hate […]

What Catholics Can Learn From Super Bowl XLIX

Maybe it’s because my Connecticut sons are big Patriots fans. Maybe it’s because I was alone with my iPhone at video shoots all day yesterday. But the fascinating end of Super Bowl XLIX  (yes, that is this year’s) has been much on my mind. It seems there are lessons that Catholics can learn from how […]

Feeling Devastated by What Pope Francis Says? Try These 3 Helpful Keys.

I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane. The reactions have […]

The Pope, Freedom of Speech, and the Constitution

Last week Pope Francis encountered some criticism for suggesting that there are limits to freedom of speech.  His comments were made in the wake of the attack in France on the magazine Charlie Hebdo.  Without in any way condoning the lawless violence, Francis observed that there ought to be a decent limit to freedom of […]

The Call to Prayer, Pluralism, Provocations, and the Pope’s Punch

Religious freedom is a basic human right. This is not terribly controversial by itself, but when we come to the details, things can get messy. At Duke University, a Muslim student group received permission to recite the Friday call to prayer from the bell tower of the neo-gothic nondenominational chapel on campus–only to have it […]


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