Pope Francis: Wearing His Heart on His Sleeve

This is the sleeve of Pope Francis.  Tattered, like much of the poor are throughout their lives each day.  Again, Pope Francis reminds us of the priorities we need to have in a simple and yet profound way. I’m sure the lack of attention to tailoring is intentional on his part and not forgetful.   […]

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Pope to Visit New York as well as Philly and D.C.

As rumored, Pope Francis will likely make a trip to New York as well as Washington, D.C. Newsday has the scoop, quoting Joe Zwilling, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese.of New York. Zwilling said a visit to New York makes sense for a number of reasons. This year is the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul […]

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Pope Francis Names Cardinals on the Margins

The Pope named 15 new Cardinals today most from countries that have not had representation recently. No Americans as Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia would be options for red hats but there’s usually a wait for the former Cardinals of those Archdioceses to pass the voting age of 80. The Pope is preferring Bishops from […]

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Do You Believe in Santa Claus?

I wrote a bit about this before but one of my former colleagues used to say that placing Santa into a Catholic Mass in any way sends a mixed message. And I say he’s as wrong as wrong could be! Why? Well, lest we forget, Santa Claus is a saint! And that makes Santa a […]

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Obsessed With Others…In Good and Bad Ways

Today’s NY Times has reporter Laurie Goodstein talking about Conservative Catholics (her term, not mine) being disenchanted with Pope Francis. One particular commenter stuck out for me. Steve Skojec, the vice president of a real estate firm in Virginia and a blogger who has written for several conservative Catholic websites, wrote of Francis’ statements: “Are […]

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Sometimes a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Pope Francis touches and kisses a man with neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes thousands of tumors and much pain to those afflicted with this. How many of us would dare to touch this person, even though there is nothing to fear in doing so. Papa Francisco, thank you for showing us how to live […]

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