Tag Archives: Pope Francis

Pope Francis: “Paul VI… had the strength to defend openness to life.”

From EWTN news: Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life. The Pope spoke Friday to families … Continue reading

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So the Pope and some journalists walk into an airplane…

I am sensing a pattern. The Holy Father takes a trip.  The Holy Father talks to journalists on the plane.  The Holy Father is asked a question about a hot button issue.  The Holy Father speaks off the cuff.  The … Continue reading

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Francis, Cardinals and the Peripheries

I have occasionally written about the significance of “peripheries” for Pope Francis.  Today Andrea Gagliarducci drills into the topic, in view of the upcoming consistory and the nomination of new cardinals. A taste: Since becoming pope, Francis has asked the … Continue reading

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The “Francis Effect” and remembering to talk about God

Be sure to check out Andrea Galiarducci’s latest Monday Vatican analysis. “A must today as ever: Talking about God in light of Pope Francis’ missionary push” Galiarducci opines that Pope Francis has had some success in polishing the Church’s image. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis greets Curia for Christmas, and rips them to shreds

Each year it is customary for the Roman Pontiff to meet and greet members of the Roman Curia just before Christmas. The Pope gives an address. Often that address is a kind of “State of the Union”, describing things that … Continue reading

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Past and present Vatican, Church involvement in Cuban affairs – Status quaestionis

I am beginning to admire more and more the analysis of things Vatican by Andrea Galiarducci, who writes for CNA. He has a status questionis post on Pope Francis and the involvement, past and present, of the Catholic Church in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Will I have my pets again in heaven?

QUAERITUR: People have been asking me: Are there animal in heaven?  Will I have my pets in heaven? This has probably been stirred up by something Pope Francis reputedly said recently in the press  (as it turns out, it was false … Continue reading

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Discontinuity and coverage of pontificates of Popes Francis and Benedict

At Monday Vatican Andrea Galiarducci, has an interesting piece.  It is worth reading, but be prepared for a clunky translation, some rambling, and a buried lead.  To be sure this writer is smart, well-informed, and solid.  He could benefit from … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Figuring out this pontificate

Here is a video from Michael Voris, who offers one point of view. For your thoughtful, thought-filled, discussion. Think before hitting that “Post” key. Moderation queue is ON. First comment: I wish they’d change the music at the end.

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A brief glance at articles analyzing the Pope Francis and Card. Burke saga

I have recently seen two analysis pieces about Card. Burke and Pope Francis and what’s up with this pontificate. First, there is one by Russell Pollitt at The Daily Maverick.   It seems sort of deep and thoughtful at a … Continue reading

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