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Prayer for the Popaclypse

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Most of us know that DC, New York, and Philadelphia are likely to evolve into overpopulated bedlam this week for the Pope’s historic visit to the US and to Cuba. Many of us will be staying far, far away from these cities. Some of us are heading right into the mouths of the hydrae. Many of us Catholics will be staying home, enjoying the festivities from afar via our favorite social media channels. Many will post up in front of their televisions on couches, dressed in pajamas or sweatpants, like some eager Summer Olympics watchers. Some...

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Methods of Travel—Part One

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.” —Pope Francis In planning my trip to Philadelphia these past few weeks, I was overcome with nostalgia for travel as a child. I recall not having to plan, not packing my own bags, not even thinking about my next meal. Mom and Dad would take care of all the devilish details. I could just sit in the backseat with...

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Pope Francis in Washington, DC – Day 1

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A Pope, A Saint, and a President No, this is not the beginning of a joke. It’s actually a summary of Pope Francis’s first full day in Washington, DC. The first stop on his schedule was a visit to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama. But, as it turns out, the pope actually started his day in his usual off-the-script manner. As he prepared to leave the Vatican embassy, the pope made a quick stop to greet students of local Catholic schools who have been marking his departures and arrivals at the embassy. After...

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Pope Francis on Divorce and Remarriage

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

During his August 5 general audience, Pope Francis addressed the issue of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, saying they “are not, in fact, excommunicated—they are not excommunicated—and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were,” reported Catholic News Service (CNS). In his first general audience since June, the pope resumed his talks addressing various issues facing families, saying, “Today, I want to draw our attention to another reality: how to care for those who, after the irreversible failure of the matrimonial bond,...

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Pope Francis’ Love for Mother Earth

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Tomorrow, Pope Francis will address the United Nations at their headquarters in New York City. The significance of this address cannot be understated. Personally, I’ve been looking forward to his UN speech (and his visit to the United States, as a whole) with bated breath. From the moment it was announced that the pope would visit our nation, excitement has grown exponentially among both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans alike. Then there was the release of the pope’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. With the meetings he’s had...

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Should Congressman boycott Pope Francis?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I am on vacation, so I don’t want to drift to far into the papal visit (which I am not closely following right now).  I might add this, however: While we don’t expect anything along the lines of what Benedict XVI delivered either in Westminster Hall or to the German Bundestag, if a Pope shows up at U.S. Congress, and you are a Congressman… you go. This comes via my friend Fr. Gerry Murray, who is doing some TV coverage of the Pope’s travel to Cuba and North America. HERE Don’t Boycott the Pope Priest says lawmakers...

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Should Congressman boycott Pope Francis?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I am on vacation, so I don’t want to drift to far into the papal visit (which I am not closely following right now).  I might add this, however: While we don’t expect anything along the lines of what Benedict XVI delivered either in Westminster Hall or to the German Bundestag, if a Pope shows up at U.S. Congress, and you are a Congressman… you go. This comes via my friend Fr. Gerry Murray, who is doing some TV coverage of the Pope’s travel to Cuba and North America. HERE Don’t Boycott the Pope Priest says lawmakers...

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Pope Francis’ Winning Smile

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

That smile. Oh, that smile. When Pope Francis exited the plane at Joint Base Andrews, it was there. Those present for the welcome erupted. How could you not? His smile—and his wit—have drawn people to him, as well as back to the Church. He seems to be able to spread his message without seeming condescending or authoritarian. But it is a message which he is not afraid to preach. It is a message he most certainly will be sharing during this visit. This morning he is at the White House, tomorrow he is at Congress. Later this week, he will be at...

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Pope Francis’ Winning Smile

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

That smile. Oh, that smile. When Pope Francis exited the plane at Joint Base Andrews, it was there. Those present for the welcome erupted. How could you not? His smile—and his wit—have drawn people to him, as well as back to the Church. He seems to be able to spread his message without seeming condescending or authoritarian. But it is a message which he is not afraid to preach. It is a message he most certainly will be sharing during this visit. This morning he is at the White House, tomorrow he is at Congress. Later this week, he will be at...

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The Hottest Ticket in Town

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Here in DC, everyone is talking about Pope Francis—and he hasn’t even arrived yet. Even us journalists are getting excited about this leg of the trip. So excited, that trying to get credentials to the events are hard to come by. Reporters are begging and pleading to whoever they can to grab that golden ticket—myself included. With nearly 8,000 members of the media covering this visit, just like everyone else, we would like even a glimpse of this immensely popular pontiff. Unfortunately, I have not found that ticket yet. But that...

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The Lord Never Disappoints

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. In listening to what John the Baptist says, who bears witness to Jesus as the Savior, our confidence in Jesus should grow. Many times we trust a doctor: this is good, because the doctor is there to cure us. We trust in a person: this too is good, because brothers and sisters can help us. It is good to have this human trust among ourselves. But we forget about trust in the Lord: this...

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The Lord Never Disappoints

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. In listening to what John the Baptist says, who bears witness to Jesus as the Savior, our confidence in Jesus should grow. Many times we trust a doctor: this is good, because the doctor is there to cure us. We trust in a person: this too is good, because brothers and sisters can help us. It is good to have this human trust among ourselves. But we forget about trust in the Lord: this...

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Pope Francis: Our Spiritual Guide

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

On March 13, 2013, Pope Francis caught the world’s attention by choosing St. Francis of Assisi as his patron. He quickly showed what that means for him: riding the bus with the cardinals back to the Domus Sanctae Marthae (where he has chosen to live) and paying his own bill at the hotel where he stayed before the conclave. A few months later, he carried a small bag onto the plane for his trip to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. On October 4, the pope visited Assisi and, in effect, explained how St. Francis inspires him. Among his audience...

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Not everything is “Rah! Rah! Francis!”, even in the MSM

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

There is a lot of energy swirling around and about the Holy Father’s visit to Cuba and, soon, to these United States.  I’ve already heard MSM hype about how Francis is the pretty much the first Pope who has ever smiled or kiss a baby.  As a matter of fact, he is the first Pope who has ever thought about poor or who has been nice.  He is the most wonderfulest fluffiest Pope ehvur.  He’s not like mean old Benedict!  He was harsh and Francis is humble! This is going to get really tiresome. Meanwhile, not everything is...

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SSPX not in schism

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Michael Voris and his initiative Church Militant have been militating pretty hard these days against the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX – a society of priests, not lay people, having a less than perfect canonical status). Michael is pushing hard that the SSPX is schismatic. I have been saying for years that the SSPX is not.  Canonically screwed up? Yes.  Schismatic? No. So, in a recent piece (HERE) Voris provides the headline: CM EXCLUSIVE: A Canon Lawyer Speaks on the SSPX Former canonist for Holy See confirms Society is in material...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."