Category Archives: Vatican

Pope Francis’ Plain-Talk Catechism

Rome priest Father John Wauck told some Benedictine College students the other day that when Pope Francis repeats lessons from the Catechism in everyday language, the world is surprised by what amount to basic Church teachings. Pope Francis made the same point in his interview with America: “During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro [...]

Cardinal Burke: Pelosi Should be Denied Communion

We hear lots of talk about the importance of “dialogue”, and truly the ability to find common ground and converse with those who do not share our Catholic Faith is the basis of evangelization. But Our Lord also commanded His disciples to shake the dust from their feet when they encountered a people who would [...]

NFL Star Passes to Pope Francis

Philip Rivers is the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. But you probably knew that. He’s also Catholic. You might have known about that. (It’s not a secret.) What you probably didn’t know about, unless you read the L.A. Times, is this charming little episode involving Pope Francis and the youngest of Rivers’ six kids. The [...]

Top 15 Quotes From the Pope’s New Enyclical “Lumen Fidei”

I set out this morning to identify my top 10 favorite quotes from Pope Francis’s new encylical, Lumen Fidei (“Light of Faith”) but it proved impossible to limit myself only to 10. So here are my top 15 favorite quotes! I hope reading this encourages you to read the entire encyclical, either online or as [...]

Why Isn’t Obama’s New Ambassador to the Vatican Gay?

Last Friday, late in the afternoon (which is apparently the administration’s favorite time to do business) it was announced that President Obama was nominating Ken Hackett (the former head of Catholic Relief Services) as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. Many prominent Catholics have praised the appointment. But what I’m curious to know is, why didn’t [...]

Thompson: “Fears for the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI”

Damien Thompson at the Telegraph is reporting that concerns have emerged for Pope Emeritus Benedict’s apparently rapidly fading health. Thompson writes: I think all of us were distressed by the fragility of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when we saw him greet his successor, Pope Francis. The footage was almost too painful to watch. Now, according [...]

JP in Rome: Triduum at St. Peter’s

This morning at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Pope Francis celebrated the annual Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Rome. It was the first time he presided over a pontifical Mass inside the basilica, amidst all its interior splendor. Previous Masses – such as the Mass of Installation on March 19 and the Mass [...]

JP in Rome: When Francis met Benedict + Palm Sunday at St. Peter’s Square

Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo. That meeting was unprecedented. No Bishop of Rome has succeeded a living predecessor since St. Clement V in 1294, some six centuries ago. At that time, the New World had not been discovered, Christopher Columbus had not been born, and Martin Luther’s [...]


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