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Signs of Change at the Vatican

Before you start thinking of all the things that might be changing at the Vatican these days, let me give you fair warning. This post is about a garden, but it’s not just any old garden. It’s the botanical arrangement between the back of St. Peter’s Basilica and the building that houses the government offices [...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict and the New Evangelization

Blessed Pope John Paul II tends to be the Pope that is often associated with the New Evangelization, using modern methods to call those around us to a fuller conversion in Christ. However, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has done a tremendous job over the last eight years of picking up where his predecessor left off [...]

5 tips to help secular journalists cover the Papal conclave

With all eyes – including those of the secular media outlets – on the Church following the resignation of Benedict XVI, scandal, intrigue and gossip have been taken as fact in the days leading up to the conclave that will elect the next Supreme Pontiff. Amid widespread woeful ignorance and rampant misreporting, here are five [...]

Let’s pray with the liturgy for our next Pope

While many people, both within and without the Catholic world, are speculating heavily about the man who will become Pope, it can’t hurt to actually pray for that man, since really the choice of only the 115 men who will be locked up “with a key” (cum clave – in the conclave) matters when it [...]

A lesson from Don Quixote on the papal election

It was Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish Shakespeare, who endeared the world to Don Quixote – a deluded old man who led futile charges against windmills thinking he was a knight in shining armor followed by loyal troops. At 84, Swiss theologian Hans Kung seems to be closer to Don Quixote than to the theological [...]

On the silence of the Chair of Peter

On Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. local time, the doors closed at Castel Gandolfo, Italian police took the place of the Swiss Guards and the Catholic Church no longer had a Pope. A sense of mourning settled into my heart as I realized the Pope who had guided my Church throughout most of my early [...]

Video: Youth thank Pope emeritus Benedict

Have you seen this international video produced by a group of young people in Spain to thank Pope emeritus Benedict XVI for his service to the Church? It’s received more than 80,000 views in less than two weeks. Young people love the Pope!

AP’s secret to restore the Catholic Church: Amy Winehouse

Alas, the Associated Press has started a series profiling all those “papabili,” as determined by… the Associated Press. I can tell you already how their list of “papabili” will be put in place. The list will be “fair” to all ethnic groups and continents so that no one, as far as the Associated Press can [...]

NYT surprise: cardinals are…human

A recent New York Times article features the headline: “Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible Cardinals.” As if this were news. Yes, 117 of the 117 eligible cardinals-electors in the upcoming conclave are, in fact, fallible. But, this isn’t news. It is well-established that humans are, well, human. We make mistakes – and [...]

6 things to know about the 2013 conclave

1. Prayer is the most important part – for the cardinals and for the faithful. Before the conclave itself begins, the cardinals say a Mass “For the Election of a Pope” and pray the “Veni Creator,” a hymn calling on the Holy Spirit. John Paul II wrote that during the vacancy, “the universal Church, spiritually [...]

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July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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