Tagged: Pope Francis

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Prophecy and the Centrality of Compassion

I have two Pope Francis quotes for you today, both regarding bishops, delivered by US papal nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre at the recent ordinations of two American bishops. Earlier today, reader Joseph Snearline shared with me Archbishop Pierre’s homily at...

Prophecy and the Centrality of Compassion
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The Scandal of the Incarnation

In his Angelus address last Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a beautiful reflection on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ—a dogmatic teaching that is unique and essential to the Christian religion. From the very first months of his papacy, he expressed his...

The Scandal of the Incarnation
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Prayers for the Holy Father’s recovery

An update to our previous post: Matteo Bruni, Vatican spokesperson, indicated that Pope Francis is in “good general condition, alert and breathing spontaneously” after a successful surgery and is expected remain in the hospital for several days for recovery and...

Prayers for the Holy Father’s recovery
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Pope Francis understands Fr. Martin—Do we?

Pope Francis surely sends many personal letters that don’t land in the headlines, but his remarkably warm and encouraging letter, sent in response to a note from Father James Martin about his nephew’s confirmation, certainly did. After Francis expressed his...

Pope Francis understands Fr. Martin—Do we?
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Is it our job to divide?

Is division a necessary part of being a truth-telling Christian? Some Catholics, including clergy, point to Jesus’ statement in Luke 12 as a clear indication that divisiveness is part of our calling as Christians: Do you think that I have...

Is it our job to divide?
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Being angry with God is a way to pray too

I found comfort in this. From today’s general audience… Pope Francis discusses what we must do when we find it difficult to pray. One must learn to go forward always. True progress in the spiritual life does not consist in...

Being angry with God is a way to pray too
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Mercy and Synodality according to Pope Francis

Catholic writer and communications professional Don Clemmer joins Rachel Amiri, Mike Lewis, and D.W. Lafferty to discuss the relationship between two key themes of Pope Francis’s papacy: mercy and synodality. We will discuss Don’s article, “Pope Francis and the Age...

Mercy and Synodality according to Pope Francis
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Good Shepherds: Always with the people of God

Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday,” and it is also the Church’s annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This morning, Pope Francis ordained nine men to the priesthood for the diocese of Rome, telling them in his homily, that they...

Good Shepherds: Always with the people of God
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The Church Will Become Peripheral

During these first eight years of Pope Francis’s time on the Chair of Peter, one theme that has come up again and again is the periphery. Francis made “going to the peripheries” a priority—perhaps even the priority—of his pontificate very...

The Church Will Become Peripheral

Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi, One Year Later

On March 27, 2020, the world focused its attention on Rome. A lone man dressed in white punctuated the eerily empty St. Peter’s Square, normally bustling with tourists and pilgrims. One year ago today we joined Pope Francis for a...

Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi, One Year Later

Entering into Friendship with Pope Francis

I was reminiscing recently with a friend of mine, a consecrated layperson living the vocation of virginity, about Pope Francis’s visit to New York City in September 2015. Although I got within a mere city block of the Holy Father,...

Entering into Friendship with Pope Francis