Category Archives: Vatican

Mercy Enough to Go Around

Pope Francis issued a letter this morning that has caused quite a stir in the media. (It’s not long; go ahead and read it.) In the letter, the Holy Father said that, as part of the Jubilee of Mercy, all priests would be given “discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it.” The […]

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 […]

Praise Be

It’s out. At 4 AM Eastern Time, or noon in Rome, Pope Francis officially released his newest encyclical titled Laudato Si — Praise Be: On the Care for our Common Home. First — here is a link to the document itself: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html In case the Vatican website is down (as it was earlier), here is […]

My Papa’s Secret: A Response To Frank Bruni

ROME, ITALY – He had a spark in his grin. It was 6:00 AM and I saw a flash of him as I ran past.  Yes, it was 6:00 AM and I was running for my life.  I had to make it.  I had to get to the front row. At the papal audience, that […]

March for Life: ROME

  How do you get a crowd of 40,000-plus excited for a two-hour walk down one of Rome’s busiest streets on a hot afternoon in May?  Two words: Gladiator soundtrack.  As in the United States, May 10 was also Mother’s Day in Italy, and what better way to honour mothers than to take part in […]

‘Little Boy’ Promotes Kindness, Hopes for Success

At the core of the message in the feature film “Little Boy,” opening nationwide on Friday, April 24, are the Corporal Works of Mercy, called “the Ancient List” in the film. Jakob Salvati stars as a 7-year-old California boy during World War II who takes on the list — armed with “faith the size of a […]

How a Chinese Propaganda Artist Painted the Pope

Once upon a time, the Catholic Church was one of the greatest patrons of art, music and architecture in the Western world – and many of the artists employed were not faithful Catholics. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, whose “The Last Supper” is one of the most revered icons of religious art, was rumored to […]


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