Monthly Archives: September 2013

Short, sweet, simple: Francis & the Rule of Three

UPDATED Sept. 27: How amazing is that? The pope just got done speaking to catechists tonight about his use of threes! He posed a question and then prepared to give some answers: “First of all, I will talk about three … Continue reading

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The spiritual physician and his remedies

CAGLIARI, Sardinia — “I see the church as a field hospital after battle,” Pope Francis said in his bold interview published last week in Jesuit magazines. His words were running through my mind yesterday as I photographed him tenderly greeting and … Continue reading

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Writing desk of St. Therese goes on tour

Never mind the expression “if these walls could talk.” How about if this desk and inkwell could talk? These items — second-class relics that belonged to St. Therese of Lisieux — have been on a tour of the United States. … Continue reading

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Calling all Bergoglios! Picnic this weekend.

VATICAN CITY — With hundreds set to attend the Bergoglio family picnic this Sunday, one invited guest surely will be missing. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today Pope Francis, was sent an invitation several days ago, but it’s unlikely he’ll be able … Continue reading

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Another reason you may need to learn Italian?

UPDATED: You can hold off on signing up for Italian courses. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has saved the day. Their online version has much better search functionality and people can order an ebook version, too.

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Vatican Tweet Book

VATICAN CITY — Are you a Vatican junkie? Don’t have enough feeds streaming into your Tweetdeck or on Facebook? Well, today’s your lucky day as we’ve combed through our “little black book” of Vatican VIPs and compiled a few of … Continue reading

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Pencil pals for Pope Benedict

VATICAN CITY — There’s a small movement underway to thank retired Pope Benedict XVI for all he’s done for the church and to urge him to keep enriching the world with his writings. “Pencils for Benedict XVI” is an informal … Continue reading

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