Analysis of the Pontificate of Pope Francis

Out of the Curia into the Confessional

Pope Francis has take another dramatic decision. Francis has personally directed his closest collaborators, the cardinals and archbishops of the Roman Curia, to take turns hearing daily confession in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, an ordinary Roman church outside of the Vatican. (It is just down the street from the Vatican, at via dei [...]

By |2013-12-16T16:56:57+00:00Dec 16th, 2013|Categories: Lead Stories, Pope, The Moynihan Letters|

The Hidden Gems of Francis’ Life

ACardinal Bergoglio who, just a few hours before being elected Pope, rediscovered the vocation for chemistry he had as a young man, offering a cardinal colleague some advice on medicine doses as they sat down to eat... A Cardinal Bergoglio who was elected after a voting session had to be annulled due to a mistake with [...]

By |2013-12-14T21:02:57+00:00Dec 14th, 2013|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , , , , |

Pope Francis in 140 or Fewer Characters

In June Pope Francis tweeted "If we have found the meaning of life in Jesus, we cannot be indifferent toward one who suffers, one who is sad." Among the large number of books issued during the first months of Pope Francis’ pontificate illustrating his gestures and the innovations he has introduced, a small volume has [...]

By |2013-12-14T20:58:26+00:00Dec 14th, 2013|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , , |

An Unannounced Mass at Blessed John Paul II’s Tomb

History of a tradition of Polish Thursday Masses at the St. Sebastian Chapel, in the Vatican Basilica, where Blessed John Paul II is buried. “After my death, I ask for Holy Masses and prayers.” —John Paul II, March, 6, 1979, addition to his spiritual testament.    Msgr. Konrad Krajewski distributes Communion during the Mass in [...]

By |2013-12-14T04:21:09+00:00Dec 14th, 2013|Categories: Pope|

Misericordina, Polish “Spiritual Medicine” in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus, with a box of Misericordina in his hand. During the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis recommends a mysterious medicine, and 25,000 small boxes, each containing a rosary, are distributed to the faithful.  A great many medicines are used today in Western countries. Modern man ex­pects to find [...]

By |2013-12-13T23:55:45+00:00Dec 13th, 2013|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , , |

Pope Francis Welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin

Monday, November 25, 2013: Moscow visits Rome. Pope Francis and Putin have an historic and private meeting at the Vatican for the first time. Pope Francis and Vladimir VladimirovičPutin during an audience in the Pope’s private library in the Apostolic Palace on November 25 (Galazka photo). On Monday afternoon, November 25, in Rome, Pope [...]

By |2013-12-13T23:49:37+00:00Dec 13th, 2013|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , |

Pope frames vision for church outreach at every level

Here are a few of the main features of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), which was released November 26 at the Vatican: — With a mix of conversational style and formal papal magisterial language, Pope Francis sets forth a vision for giving the entire Church, at every level, a missionary [...]

By |2013-12-13T23:44:27+00:00Dec 13th, 2013|Categories: Pope|Tags: |

“A Human Being is Always Sacred and Inviolable”

On November 26, the Holy See released Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), an apostolic exhortation which lays out Pope Francis’ vision for a Church dedicated to evangelization. In his first extensive piece of writing as Pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with [...]

By |2013-12-13T23:42:35+00:00Dec 13th, 2013|Categories: Pope|Tags: |

"Christ is the center of history"

HOMILY FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH ON THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE.  Young priests great the Pope. Today’s solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the crowning of the liturgical year, also marks the conclusion of the Year of Faith opened by [...]

By |2013-12-13T23:38:48+00:00Dec 13th, 2013|Categories: Pope|Tags: |
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