One year ago today, Where Peter Is went live with a post by Paul Fahey entitled “Love the Pope” In the year that followed, we’ve posted 269 pieces by thirteen authors spread across three continents.

Our audience has continued to grow, and if the messages and emails we’ve received from readers are any indication, our presence has provided a voice that’s been lacking in much of today’s Catholic media: a strong, faithful, intelligent voice that is both faithful to the Magisterium and supportive of the Holy Father.

This project began as an initiative of a small group of Catholics who met through social media and formed a connection through a shared love of the faith, the Church, and Pope Francis. We realized that the way Francis’s message was presented by both secular and social media was warped and incomplete. Furthermore, we were dismayed at how the arguments in support of his teachings seemed to be far outnumbered by dissident voices accusing him of promulgating doctrinal errors, spreading confusion, and even teaching heresy. A warped view of papal primacy and magisterial authority had become widespread and was trying to undermine the papacy.

Where Peter Is has been our response to these distortions. We’re adding our voice to others who have stood up for Francis and his faithfulness. Along the way, we’ve tried to share his message with others: a message of courage, fidelity to Christ, social justice, and mercy. As Joe Dantona wrote earlier this week, we plan to continue to share that message. “As 2019 progresses, expect more from us on the current efforts of the Holy See on issues like climate change, defending human life, aiding the poor and marginalized, and spreading the joy of the Gospel in everyday life.”

We are deeply grateful to our readers, our commenters, and those who have shared and promoted our work. Thank you.

I’ll close with the story of our site’s name.

Many of you recognize “Where Peter is” from the famous quote by St. Ambrose, “Where Peter is, there is the Church. Where the Church is, there is no death but life eternal.” This quote certainly was the original source for the title. But there is a second meaning that inspires this website, one that is central to the message of Pope Francis.

In January 2015, Pope Francis visited the Philippines, and at the closing Mass of the pilgrimage, Cardinal Luis Tagle addressed him with the following words:

“Tomorrow, you will go. Every Filipino wants to go with you. Don’t be afraid. Every Filipino wants to go with you – not to Rome – but to the peripheries.

We want to go with you to the shanties, to the prison cells, to hospitals, to the world of politics, finance, arts, the sciences, culture, education, and social communication. We will go to those worlds with you to bring the light of Christ.

Jesus is the center of your pastoral visit and the cornerstone of the visit. We will go, Holy Father, with you where the light of Jesus is needed.”

Our mission is to inspire Catholics and other Christians to go “where Peter is” — not just to follow his teachings from Rome, but to be led and inspired by his message to go to the peripheries and shine the light of Christ to the entire world.

 

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  1. Avatar Peter says:

    Good morning! I recently stumbled across your website and was very impressed with the high level of journalism and the commonsense approach shown to the Catholic faith. The strong support you provide to the Holy Father through the many articles you publish is much needed in today’s age where truth is not always readily available – even on Catholic sites! The opposition to the Holy Father is a sure sign that he is doing God’s work. And, it is through our prayers and public support, such as your website, that we collaborate with the Holy Father in bringing Jesus’ message of love for all to the world. Congratulations on your enterprise and I will do my best to promote ‘Where Peter is’ in Australia.

  2. Avatar Pete Vickery says:

    Happy first birthday! You guys are like an oasis in the desert. I am certain there are a lot of big name Catholic apologists (who have depended upon EWTN, The National Catholic Register, Catholic Answers, etc… for promoting their books or speaking engagements or websites or articles) who are reading your material. They dare not expose themselves because they realize how much they depend upon those other entities for their financial well-being. But your website is having an effect on them and hopefully it will call them to side with the pope even if it entails risking their own incomes. You won’t see them signing their names to any comments but I know they are reading you guys. It’s also heartening to see at least one apologist (Mark Shea) singing your praises. May God continue to bless all of you. That delay in January had me a little scared. I ask the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all of you as well as this website. Que Dios les bendiga ahora y siempre! Viva Cristo Rey! Viva el Papa Francisco!

  3. Avatar Anne says:

    Thank you Mike Lewis. When I stumbled across Where Peter Is I cried.
    I have supported HH Pope Francis since his election and was abused, lost friends, lost supporters of my work, indeed my largest supporter because of my stance but i continued. Because in PopeFrancis I actually see and saw Jesus. Really and truly.
    Like Jesus he he gies out into market place and gathers thelost and broken. He is a shepherd who goes after lost and brings them home.
    I love honour and respect him do much.

    • Avatar MariaM says:

      Anne- I agree so much with everything you’ve said. Thank you ‘Where Peter Is” for your commitment to the truth. I’m learning so much, but more important I recognize our Pope is amazing, just amazing.

  4. Avatar Joaquin Mejia says:

    I only recently stumbled upon this site. I only started looking at this website on January 2019. I see that you and the other writers really support Pope Francis. I was born on 2002 and Pope Francis was the first Pontiff I got seriously interested in because I was far too young to remember much about St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. He really inspired me with his emphasis on the mercy and compassion of God. Pope Francis actually inspired me so much that I read some of his books like “The People Wish to See Jesus”, “Open Mind, Faithful Heart” as well as the apostolic exhortation “Evangelli Gaudium” and the encyclical “Laudato Si”. I might say that Pope Francis played a big part in me getting interested in Catholicism. But then the 2018 abuse scandal got in the news and Archbishop Vigano accused Pope Francis of covering-up the abuses of Cardinal McCarrick. This made me very sad but it made me pray for him even more. I will continue praying for Pope Francis.

    • Avatar Peter says:

      I think you will find that Pope Francis is, once again, being attacked by the Vigano ‘camp’. As the Pope said when questioned, do your job as journalists to find the truth. As I mentioned in one of my posts, Pope Francis must be doing a marvellous job given the amount of opposition there is to him, especially in the U.S.!

  5. Avatar M. says:

    Thank you for your work. Like someone said above, your site is an oasis in the desert, and the hours you put in I doubt get much, if any compensation. God bless you. We love reading all of your articles. I was also nervous when I noticed no articles for awhile, and hoped all was well with you all.

    • Avatar Mike Lewis says:

      Glad someone noticed! Some of us got a little bogged down at the end of the year, while Pedro heroically held down the fort. Then he had to travel, and the rest of us took a little time to get our acts together. Apologies for the decline in output.

      We don’t get paid anything for this, although we did solicit donations last year in order to upgrade our website. Beyond that, it’s something we do in our free time, while balancing families, jobs, and other obligations.

      But keep us and the site in your prayers, we certainly could use them!

  6. Avatar Herman says:

    Thank you for all of your hard work. We really need websites like Where Peter Is now. Many online Catholic spaces are very anti-Pope Francis and it is hard to find good reporting on Pope Francis and Church issues in general.

  7. Avatar Jane says:

    Happy Birthday ‘Where Peter Is’ and all of you who are so courageously writing in defense of Our Holy Father! May you live many more years! ! ! God Bless you 🙂

  8. Avatar Christopher Lake says:

    Mike (and all writers for WPI),

    I truly give thanks to God for the founding and continuance of this website. It has greatly helped me, especially at recent times, when it has seemed as though I have been almost alone among my Catholic friends in still defending Pope Francis. Along that line of thought, just a few days ago, I was deeply saddened to see another Catholic apologist who is now speaking of being “red-pilled about Francis”– which, apparently, means coming to believe that it is actually the *duty* of faithful Catholics to *vocally oppose* the Pope whenever and wherever he is not teaching according to this apologist’s conception of Catholic orthodoxy. It should be said that this apologist is a Catholic convert who has been in the Church for less than fifteen years, and he is actively urging other Catholics to resist the Pope! Moreover, said apologist was affiliated, for some time, with a website which played a huge role in my own reversion to the Catholic faith, so his “red-pilling about Francis” is even more saddening to me. I share all of this, partially, to say, again, thank you for helping to provide me with one of the sources (with this website) of spiritual encouragement to continue standing with the Pope, when many other Catholics have taken a path of negatively judging him and his teaching. Where Peter is, there is the Church. At this time in history, Pope Francis is our “Peter,” the Vicar of Christ, and I stand with him and with the Church! (Just as I stood with Benedict XVI during his tenure as Pope!)

    • Avatar Peter says:

      I find it difficult to understand the depth of feeling running through (parts of) the American Church regarding Pope Francis. This does not happen in Australia anywhere near to the same extent as it seems to in America. As an Australian Religious of over 50 years, I have seen much controversy in the Church but not what I read that is happening in the US Church. Sure, there is always criticism of the Church, but there seems to be (extreme) criticism of most of our social and religious institutions of late. But, loyalty to the Pope has always been the hallmark of what it means to be Catholic. Those who dissent, which I presume is a vocal minority, are perilously close to being in schism. Thank you for your strong support of the Holy Father through your well-researched and balanced reporting. You have the support of many Aussies!

    • Avatar Mike Lewis says:

      Thanks so much, Christopher, for your prayers, support, and comments over the past year. You have truly added substance and insight to our work through your comments and discussions.