Monthly Archives: October 2013

Espionage at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Claims of eavesdropping on the Vatican are nothing new. But it’s hard to imagine any current foreign snooping could match the spying frenzy of the Cold War when the communist “East” and democratic “West” were locked in … Continue reading

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The pope’s new helper

VATICAN CITY — Move over Archbishop Ganswein, there’s a new kid in town. Well, just temporarily. For about an hour Saturday evening, during Pope Francis’ meeting with families in St. Peter’s Square, a little boy took over as prefect of … Continue reading

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Archbishops in Iraq find hope in the time of chaos

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis likes to distinguish the difference between optimism and hope. And he did so again during his morning homily when he called hope a “risky virtue” because, unlike faith and charity, he said it’s harder to … Continue reading

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Updated — The @Pontifex franchise: over 10 million served!

UPDATE:  Well, that didn’t take long! At 9:32 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26, a little more than 24 hours after our original blog post, the @Pontifex accounts reached 10 million followers. Il Sismografo plots out the papal path to Twitter fame … Continue reading

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Oh, the irony: Bergoglio planned to watch ‘Habemus Papam’ film at home after conclave

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio had been looking forward to watching the Italian film, “We Have a Pope,” (“Habemus Papam”) when he returned home from the conclave in March. But being elected pontiff foiled those plans. Pope Francis is … Continue reading

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Going to bat for the home team

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis and Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley aren’t afraid to get their game on. In the spirit of the 2013 World Series pitting the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals and beginning … Continue reading

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Ambassadorial introductions: formal and not so formal

Ken Hackett, the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, presented his credentials to Pope Francis Oct. 21. The formal ritual called for Hackett to dress in morning coat and white tie, and to physically hand over his paperwork to … Continue reading

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