Monthly Archives: January 2014

So far no Super Bowl bishops’ bets, but pre-game Mass is on

In previous years, archbishops from the cities of the rival Super Bowl teams have made friendly wagers on the game’s outcome — usually involving food, drink, hats and donations to the Catholic Charities’ agency in the winning team’s diocese. In … Continue reading

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Pete Seeger’s park-bench chat with NC News

The Jan. 27 death of Pete Seeger, the 94-year-old folk singer/songwriter icon and longtime champion for social change, may have stirred many people to hum a few bars of his well-known tunes such as: “If I Had a Hammer,” “Where … Continue reading

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Faster than a speeding bullet, ‘decorum police’ take ‘Super Pope’ down

VATICAN CITY — Like a comic book showdown, Rome’s “decorum squad” took down the city’s latest hero when they scraped off and painted over the “Super Pope” street art very early this morning. It marked a new city record given … Continue reading

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You definitely got mail! What’s inside the papal postbox?

UPDATE: For folks who wish to stuff those mail bags even more, here are the popes’ addresses. There is NO email because the last time they set one up for the pope, the servers crashed. Pope Francis Domus Sanctae Marthae … Continue reading

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A special engagement at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Are you engaged to be married? Have nothing special planned for Valentine’s Day? Want to come to Rome? You have just two days left to register for a special audience with Pope Francis here at the Vatican. … Continue reading

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Feathery fiascos: the unfortunate prey for peace

VATICAN CITY — Photographers in St. Peter’s Square yesterday caught the sad scene of a freshly released dove being attacked by a crow and seagull. The annual dove launch by the pope and two children is meant to highlight the … Continue reading

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Media hacks’ cheat sheet. What the pope wants you to know in bite-sized bits

VATICAN CITY — What’s the recipe for successful communication? Pope Francis spelled it out in his first World Communications Day message released yesterday, and on other occasions as well. For today’s feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of … Continue reading

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