Tag: Pope Francis

Pope Francis: The Ambassador of Peace

A theme for this Papal trip to Korea has quickly developed, and it’s not the official “Arise, Shine” that was chosen by the organizers. It’s “Peace.” Listen for it over the course of the next five days. Expect Pope Francis to stay on message. Just hours after sending a letter to U.N. secretary general Ban […]

Massachusetts woman says faith restored after phone call from Pope

Days after the death of her 25 year-old son, Stephany Nicolo from Wakefield, Massachusetts called the Vatican and left her name and number with a representative. Distraught with anguish, she told the Vatican that she did not believe in God anymore. The grieving mother thought she would never hear back. According to a July 2 […]

Catholic Giving and Pope Francis

Have you been more charitable since Pope Francis’ election? The Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) commissioned a nationwide survey to answer just that, and they found some interesting results. “Since his election a year ago today, Pope Francis’ message of hope and compassion has strongly resonated with Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” FADICA reported […]

Pope Francis and the Peripheries of the World

In case you missed it: Catholic News Agency’s Vatican Observer, Andrea Gagliarducci, gave a brief interview to the Wall Street Journal after the Pope’s announcement of new cardinals at the end of his Sunday Angelus on January 12, 2014. Pope Francis noted that the new Cardinals come “from 12 countries from every part of the […]

In defense of our Mother

“And Jesus, seeing his mother there, and the disciple, too, whom he loved, standing by, said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is thy son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘This is thy mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own keeping.” Jn. 19: 26-27 If your best friend was on […]

Pope Francis: A look at the first six months

Today marks six months since the election of Pope Francis. The Holy Father has repeatedly been in the headlines since his election, washing the feet of inmates, inviting the homeless to dinner, surprising numerous people across the globe with personal phone calls, and greeting more than 3 million young people in Rio de Janeiro for […]

Pope Francis, I see what you did there

By Mary Rezac* “If someone is gay but tries to follow the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” Pope “I don’t do interviews” Francis made this remark to a plane full of journalists on his way back to Rome from World Youth Day in an uncharacteristic 80-minute press conference. Word immediately exploded […]

A sea of white and blue: Argentina meets Pope Francis

World Youth Day has brought with it many memorable moments already. But for me, the most touching experience so far has been witnessing the meeting between Pope Francis and the young people of Argentina. The meeting, held Thursday, was not announced until Tuesday, once the World Youth Day festivities had already begun. It was the […]

The poem Pope Francis never wrote

By Mary Rezac* If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, you may have seen this poem on your newsfeed today: WE NEED SAINTS We need saints without veil or cassock. We need saints who wear jeans and sneakers. We need saints who go to the movies, listen to music and hang out with friends. We need […]