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April 26, 2014
As one archbishop told me, ‘You can’t pay bills with holy cards.’ Having an event to which hundreds of thousands of people attend, is expensive. Better to get some corporate sponsors than to take money out of the poor box for it.
Father Thomas Reese, a reporter with National Catholic Reporter • Discussing the Vatican’s decision to accept corporate sponsorship for this weekend’s canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Among the companies chipping in: Food mega-giant Nestlé and Italian bank Intesa SanPaolo.
13:34 // 3 months ago
December 3, 2013
think-progress:

Best Pope story yet?
Pope Francis has been sneaking out of the Vatican at night to serve the homeless.
(Photo)

The Pope for people who don’t like popes strikes again.

think-progress:

Best Pope story yet?

Pope Francis has been sneaking out of the Vatican at night to serve the homeless.

(Photo)

The Pope for people who don’t like popes strikes again.

(via positivelypersistentteach)

20:23 // 7 months ago
November 24, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 24, 2013

On Monday, a prosecutor is expected to release a new report detailing the Sandy Hook shooting, but officials have decided to withhold the bulk of the information from the report from the public, at least for now.

For the first time in 35 years, this guy—a U.S. citizen who was taken to Mexico by his dad when he was two—got to see his mom, after a dramatic turn of events near the U.S. border.

The Vatican apparently has the bones of St. Peter, and they showed them off to the world on Sunday.

A new study says that 11 percent of children now have ADHD.

"Catching Fire" lived up to its name.

19:42 // 8 months ago
October 30, 2013
NSA Scandal of the Day: Italy’s Panorama magazine claims that the National Security Agency hasn’t just been spying on U.S. citizens, suspected terrorists, and the leaders of our ally nations in recent years. According to the weekly publication, NSA agents have also been keeping close tabs on the Vatican, and even intercepted communications of Pope Francis. (Photo via the Catholic Church) source

NSA Scandal of the Day: Italy’s Panorama magazine claims that the National Security Agency hasn’t just been spying on U.S. citizens, suspected terrorists, and the leaders of our ally nations in recent years. According to the weekly publication, NSA agents have also been keeping close tabs on the Vatican, and even intercepted communications of Pope Francis. (Photo via the Catholic Church) source

16:16 // 9 months ago
September 21, 2013
Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ.
Pope Francis • Restating, in a way he declined to do recently, his view (and thus in a practical sense his church’s view) on abortion. His remarks follow a much-discussed recent interview, in which Francis spoke frankly of his church being “obsessed” with “small-minded rules” that have hurt Catholicism’s appeal in the public. Perhaps today’s remarks are best understood as the backswing of a pendulum, a pacifier to conservative Catholics for whom Francis’ early tenure has been well outside the papal status-quo. source
20:50 // 10 months ago
July 5, 2013
Soon to become a saint? Long-serving Pope John Paul II, who had a second miracle approved by Pope Francis on Friday, opening the way for his sainthood at canonization ceremonies later this year. It’s the fastest anyone has ever become a saint in modern times. (Not to be discounted: Pope John XXIII, who served between 1958 and 1963, also earned the honor from the Vatican.)

Soon to become a saint? Long-serving Pope John Paul II, who had a second miracle approved by Pope Francis on Friday, opening the way for his sainthood at canonization ceremonies later this year. It’s the fastest anyone has ever become a saint in modern times. (Not to be discounted: Pope John XXIII, who served between 1958 and 1963, also earned the honor from the Vatican.)

10:32 // 1 year ago
May 23, 2013
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone!…We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.
Pope Francis, proclaiming that even non-believers will be redeemed by Christ, as long as they “do good” (not all Christians subscribe to this theory). source
13:51 // 1 year ago
March 26, 2013
mentalcartography:

The new pope is doing some redecorating. I quite approve. I may not agree with him, or the Church, on many points, but I do like the fundamental ideas that we should be humble and help those in need. This may not go directly towards those in need, but it does seem to symbolize the direction the church should go.

That Pope Francis is less ostentatious than his predecessor, and indeed less so than nearly a century of Catholic popes is hard to argue — earlier today it was announced that he’ll also eschew the traditional, opulent papal living-quarters for a far more modest two-room suite.

mentalcartography:

The new pope is doing some redecorating. I quite approve. I may not agree with him, or the Church, on many points, but I do like the fundamental ideas that we should be humble and help those in need. This may not go directly towards those in need, but it does seem to symbolize the direction the church should go.

That Pope Francis is less ostentatious than his predecessor, and indeed less so than nearly a century of Catholic popes is hard to argue — earlier today it was announced that he’ll also eschew the traditional, opulent papal living-quarters for a far more modest two-room suite.

20:09 // 1 year ago
March 13, 2013

hypervocal:

Because the media admiration from his North Korean basketball diplomacy trip was too much of a gift, first-class attention whore Dennis Rodman has arrived at The Vatican just in time for the election of a new pope. CHECK IT OUT.

AMERICA’S FINEST DIPLOMAT.

10:29 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013
It is deplorable that, as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave… there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions.
A statement from the Vatican • Decrying reports in the Italian media, in advance of the meeting of the conclave to select a new Pope. Of particular irritation to the Vatican — an unsourced story in La Repubblica, Italy’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, regarding a special report by three Cardinals, conducted in the aftermath of the theft and leaking of the Pope’s personal papers by his butler. It suggests that the special report uncovered myriad scandals relating to sex, money, and the management of the Vatican’s bank, but CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen finds the idea this hastened Benedict’s departure unlikely: “For the most part, one has to take the pope at his word: He’s stepping aside because he’s old and tired, not because of any particular crisis.” source
12:57 // 1 year ago