Entrust Your Worries to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

09/22/2015 Comment

All photos by Marge Fenelon

Pope Francis, Meg Saligman, and I are kindred spirits.

Not like, hang out together kindred spirits, but like three people from different worlds having something in common.

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.

Pope Francis became acquainted with the devotion while he was in Germany studying for his doctorate degree. He saw the original image of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots and fell in love with it, so to speak. He credits Our Lady, Undoer of Knots for seeing him through a personal crisis and introduced the devotion and image to Argentina when he returned home.

He’s made it known that Our Lady, Undoer of Knots is his favorite devotion.

I’ve written a book, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena...READ MORE

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Vatican Flag Will Fly in Front of U.N. Headquarters for Pope's Visit

09/22/2015 Comment

By Martin Swart [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

On Friday morning, September 25, Pope Francis' entourage will drive to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the Holy Father is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly.

And if he looks up when he exits the vehicle, Pope Francis will see the flag of the Holy See flying proudly in front of the U.N. Building. For the first time ever, the United Nations will honor the Vatican by hoisting its flag along with the flags of Member States. According to custom, the United Nations staff raise the flags at 8:00 a.m. each weekday. The flags are arranged in alphabetical order in English by country, lined up from north to south—so we should see the flag of the Holy See (“H”) near the...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Arrival Ceremony for Pope Francis in Washington

09/22/2015 Comment

* Watch the Pope's apostolic voyage to the United States LIVE with English commentary on EWTN.


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You Can Dress 'Em Up, But You Can't Take 'Em Out

09/22/2015 Comment

You can dress ‘em up.

But you can’t take ‘em out.

Who? Why the honorable members of the United States Congress. That’s who.

Pope Francis is coming to town, and America’s elected officials are as agog as the rest of us.

For the first time in a long time, I get where Congress is coming from. I don’t know if I could survive the excitement of being in the same room as the Pope. I might cry. I might shake and shout. I might keel over in a dead faint. But could anyone trust me to not reach out and touch him?

Yes. Yes, they could. Reach out and touch the Pope? Uh-huh. Not me. I’m a full-fledged member of the Pope Francis Old Women’s Groupie Society. But I’m not the traditional kind of groupie...READ MORE

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Blessed Are the Useless

09/22/2015 Comments (9)

A short, unforgettable essay about beauty turned up the other day. It's by Marc Barnes, and it's an old one. I'm grateful that it happened to cross my desk now, because it helped me to unpack what Pope Francis said in Cuba this weekend to a crowd of sisters who serve the poor.

In Barnes' essay, "Humans Are Useless," he says:

Think of a few things which most human beings would agree to crown with the predicate “beautiful”. The Pieta, Mozart’s Requiem, the cool morning sun spilling through summer leaves, a fiery New England autumn, stained glass: What could we answer the man who asks us for the use of these things? We couldn’t, besides to babble an incoherent, self-contradicting set of...READ MORE

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#PopeInDC: Five Firsts for Francis

09/22/2015 Comment
Marianne Medlin/CNA

– Marianne Medlin/CNA

When Pope Francis comes to Washington, D.C. for his visit to the United States, he will be making a number of historic and personal “firsts.” Here are five first time events that Americans will see from Pope Francis in the nation’s capital.


1)  Pope Francis’s visit to Washington will be the first time he offers the Mass in the United States.

Unlike his predecessors St. John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis had never visited the U.S. before his election where he became the 265th successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Rome.

St. John Paul II twice visited the U.S. before becoming Pope in 1978. The first time was in 1969, when Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was visiting with Polish-American...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope's Homily at Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba

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Pope Francis' Homily of Pope Francis at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre 

Santiago, Cuba

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

"The Gospel we have just heard tells us about something the Lord does every time he visits us: he calls us out of our house.  These are images which we are asked to contemplate over and over again.  God’s presence in our lives never leaves us tranquil: it always pushes to do something.  When God comes, he always calls us out of our house.  We are visited so that we can visit others; we are encountered so as to encounter others; we receive love in order to give love.

In the Gospel we see Mary, the first disciple.  A young woman of perhaps between fifteen and...READ MORE

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Why a Pope is Necessary for Christianity to Make Sense

09/22/2015 Comments (11)
Here’s the problem: if Christianity teaches unchanging truth how does it adapt to different cultures and different ages?
If it does not adapt it ceases to be relevant. If it does nothing but adapt it alters the truths that cannot be changed.
The English theologian Blessed John Henry Newman said that for Christianity to be both dogmatic and relevant it required an infallible interpreter. What he meant by this was that Christianity was, by definition a dogmatic religion. That means it holds to certain truths that are anchored in historic facts.  These truths cannot be changed just as the historic facts cannot be changed. The Nicene Creed lays those truths out in the form of...READ MORE

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