Monthly Archives: October 2013

It’s becoming a thing! #capswap

VATICAN CITY — There was a lot of papal cap-swapping at today’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square. But one audience member was expecting a freebie zucchetto  — without an exchange — as this photo shows, captured by our very … Continue reading

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Decoding Francis: Vatican media adviser offers “10 things to know”

VATICAN CITY — If people are still unsure about what to make of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s media adviser offered his take on decoding the pontiff. “Pope Francis is not a politically-correct pope,” rather, he is “a loyal son of … Continue reading

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Homily NoDoz: Public speaking school for seminarians

VATICAN CITY — Inspired by Pope Francis’ criticism of boring homilies, a group of Italian seminarians apparently will now be taking courses in public speaking and effective communication. According to the Italian daily La Nazione, the Pontifical Regional Seminary located … Continue reading

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Presto change-oh! It’s the skullcap swap

Monday Oct. 21, UPDATE and CORRECTION: First a correction from an attentive Facebook fan who sent us a link showing how the cap swap custom goes way back before our 21st-century popes. I also heard back from one of the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis is ratings king for Italian TV

VATICAN CITY — Italian television has seen its viewership ratings of papal events skyrocket since Pope Francis’ election. The number of people tuning in to watch the pope celebrate major liturgical events and his Sunday Angelus has “soared,” according to … Continue reading

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Vatican gets greenlight for .catholic domain

VATICAN CITY — As top-level domain names are being rolled out and up for grabs, the Vatican has scored control of .catholic. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),  which coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and … Continue reading

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Teach for America about ‘where you’re needed most’

By Priya Narapareddy Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) –- Stephen Haas said he would feel extremely nervous standing in front of a roomful of fourth- graders, knowing that he was responsible for not only teaching them, but also for helping … Continue reading

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