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Letter #73: Off-the-record?

June 11, 2013, Tuesday -- Off-the-record Pope Francis has, since his election on March 13, spoken bluntly, honestly, with simplicity and candor, on many occasions, but never until now has he ignited controversy throughout the Catholic world with his now-trademark unscripted remarks. Pope Francis ignited a storm of commentary this week following the unexpected publication of [...]

Letter #72: The Consecration

May 14, 2013, Tuesday -- The Consecration Francis' pontificate consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima As requested by Pope Francis in at least two personal telephone calls, the cardinal archbishop of Lisbon, Patriarch Jose da Cruz Policarpo, yesterday consecrated the papacy of Pope Francis, in a ceremony in Fatima, Portugal, to Our Lady of Fatima. This [...]