Tagged: Pope Francis

Lessons from the Vatican Nativity Scenes

Of all the decorations that we put out for Christmas, my favorite are my Nativity scenes. Over the years, I have collected many different portrayals of Christ’s birth – from paper cut-outs to nesting dolls – and each offers a...

Lessons from the Vatican Nativity Scenes

Pondering them in her heart

Today, January 1, 2022, is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, as well as the 55th World Day of Peace. During his homily at Mass today in St. Peter’s Basilica Pope Francis returns to the theme of the...

Pondering them in her heart

Scandal has lost its shock

There has not been much progress since last Christmas in healing the injustice and suffering in our Church and our society. That is sad, but the difference this year—for me personally, anyway—is that I’m no longer surprised by the scandal,...

Scandal has lost its shock

Mary, Full of Grace

Today was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Rome’s Spanish Steps to venerate an outdoor statue of the Blessed Mother. NCR’s Christopher White reports: For two years running, the Vatican has canceled...

Mary, Full of Grace

Prayers to Saint Joseph

After finishing his catechesis on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians earlier this month, Pope Francis began a new catechesis on St Joseph, in honor of the Year of St. Joseph. In the last two weeks, Francis concluded his audience...

Prayers to Saint Joseph

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

Today it was announced that Pope Francis intends to visit Canada, in response to an invitation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The statement from the Vatican reads as follows: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited...

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

Feast of Saint John Paul II

Today is the feast of Pope St. John Paul II, who was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005. As the pope who served at the precipice of the third millennium and who declared the Jubilee year in 2000,...

Feast of Saint John Paul II

John Paul I and Francis: Kindred Spirits

On October 13, Pope Francis gave his approval for the beatification of Pope John Paul I, who is best known for having one of the shortest pontificates in history: just 33 days. We have to look back to 1605 to...

John Paul I and Francis: Kindred Spirits

Listen to the cry of the victims

This weekend, Pope Francis delivered a video address and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley delivered the keynote to open a four-day conference in Warsaw, “Our Common Mission of Safeguarding God’s Children.” This conference comes as the Church begins to reckon with...

Listen to the cry of the victims