Tag Archives: Pope Francis

Do Not Be Afraid to Dream of Great Things!

A little over one year ago, on March 13, 2013, the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as the 265th successor of St Peter.  He chose the name Francis, and ever since he stepped out onto the Vatican balcony and shyly waved hello, he has taken the world by storm.    The amazing thing I’ve seen about Francis is that he has said nothing really very different from what John Paul II or Benedict had said before him.  On all the so-called controversial issues like women in the Church, abortion, …

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Say Something… please!

Apparently the first Monday following New Year’s Day is “Blue Monday,” the most depressing day of the year. Hmm… I wouldn’t necessarily disagree, particularly as at the moment it was -10 degrees outside at noon, and I was rather exhausted from dealing with the aftermath of snow and ice and biting winds and frozen pipes and layering up to go anywhere… you know it all already! I also suspect that many of us (especially young parents) are probably suffering from cabin fever brought on by WAY too many days stuck indoors with each other. As …

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Could you be the “Epiphany” to the lonely near or far?

Let us act so that our brothers and sisters never feel alone! Our presence in solidarity is expressed not only through our words  but also through the eloquence of our deeds that God is close to everyone.”   This is part of the challenging Christmas message from Pope Francis, who still expresses his faith by bringing God’s “Good News” to the prisoners and lonely in the slums of Rome and Rio as he formally did in Argentina.  It’s clear that the Holy Father is constantly empowered by Jesus’ words from Jesus’ “Last Judgment” in Matthew 25:31-46, …

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Pope Francis: Person of the Year

Today is Pope Francis’ 77th birthday! Say a prayer for the Holy Father, and enjoy this post by Dan Andriacco about the pope’s recent Person of the Year recognition. Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, only the third pope so honored by the magazine (after Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II). That’s hardly surprising. Who else has captured the attention of the world in 2013 as he has since his election? Also in the running for the recognition, and in the top 10 possibilities, was singer Miley Cyrus. Perhaps the …

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One Human Family, Food for All

Pope Francis has launched a campaign of prayer and action against hunger. Organized by Caritas, a wave of prayer started December 10 at noon on the island of Samoa and will progress around the world. You can join in by praying this prayer at noon: O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty. You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have …

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We Are the Field Hospital

When Pope Francis talks about the Church as the image of a field hospital after battle, he’s including among others the many people, baptized or not, who have a minimal understanding of what it is like to be in a relationship with Jesus- especially Jesus as the ultimate healer. He is saying that we can’t begin to acquaint someone with the Church and her teachings until someone has come to know and experienced divine love and who has come to love Jesus in return. First things first, it’s the experience of a personal encounter with …

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What a Pope!

About a year ago I reflected on the book The Good Pope, which told the life story of Pope John XXIII and his incredible impact on the papacy of his time. It seems to me that Pope Francis is having a similar impact on the papacy and the church of our time. His recent interview with the Jesuit magazines showed a man with a vision and a practice that are reaching those who have not been reached in the past. I especially loved the title “A Big Heart Open to God,” which captured for me …

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Pope Francis and the Media

Almost from the day he was elected to the Chair of Peter, Pope Francis has displayed a propensity for making eye-brow raising comments. But the next time you want to ask, “He said WHAT?” maybe you ought to read the entire interview or statement at issue. The secular news organizations hardly ever do a good job of covering religion, and the reporting on Pope Francis lately has been just plain abysmal. The pope’s recent highly publicized interview that appeared in America magazine and its Italian Jesuit counterpart ran to 12,000 words. Most media organizations quoted …

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The Call for Prudence, Balance and Mercy

News media both secular and Catholic have been abuzz with news about Pope Francis’s recent interview. The Jesuit editor of the America magazine published this interview and Father Matt Malone suggests that Pope Francis personally reviewed the article and approved its publication. To say the least, both the Catholic and secular world are still trying to comprehend implications of his statements. The statements that got most attention were: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.” “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission …

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#PrayforPeace: A Tweet-Cyclical

If you are not on Twitter, you may be unaware of how intense the Pope has been using that social network to preach the Gospel under the handle @Pontifex.  Over time the Pope is becoming savvier with Twitter (or at least he is allowing his Twitter interns to do so). I think I noticed the first Papal hashtag this past World youth day when he tagged his tweets with #Rio2013 and #JMJ. A hashtag (#) placed before a word or phrase on Twitter allows that particular “tweet” to be searched. When many people use the …

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