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St. Patrick’s Is Open (6953)

‘America’s Parish Church’ Is Big Apple’s Faith Haven

03/17/2013 Comments (10)
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St. Patrick's Cathedral

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On Christmas Day 2012, fiction writer Ann Hood took to The New York Times to describe her desperate search in Providence, R.I., for a church to pray inside.

While she was raised Catholic, she hasn’t practiced her faith in decades. Suddenly, however, when she felt the desire to pray, she had nowhere to go.

It wasn’t until the next day, when she was in New York — after seven failed attempts at visiting churches in Providence — that she finally found the place that she’d been looking for.

"As I turned to walk to the subway, a sign caught my eye: ST. PATRICK’S IS OPEN," she wrote. "I read it again. ST. PATRICK’S IS OPEN. Although I quickly realized the sign was there because of all the...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis’ Election: ‘A Huge Benefit for the Church’ (6894)

The Philadelphia archbishop recalls his 1997 meeting with the future Pope, while both were attending the Synod for America in Rome.

03/16/2013 Comments (1)

 Archbishop Charles Chaput met the man who was introduced to the world March 13 as Pope Francis while both were attending the Synod for America in Rome in 1997. The archbishop of Philadelphia talks here with the Register about his initial impressions of the man who would become pope and what he expects from his papacy.


At the time you met the man we now know as Pope Francis, did you see anything in him that would suggest he could be a future pope? Could you share other impressions of him from that meeting?

I was struck by how keenly he listened to the synod’s speakers and how well he understood the issues facing the Church in both North and South America. But, mainly, I remember...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Speaks to 5,000 Journalists at Paul VI Hall (6167)

The Holy Father praised the good work of journalism and encouraged reporters to share truth, beauty and goodness.

03/16/2013 Comments (6)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told thousands of journalists today he loved them and thanked them for their recent work.

“I love you so much, and I thank you for all that you have done,” Pope Francis told more than 5,000 journalists today at Paul VI hall in the Vatican.

“We aren’t called to communicate about ourselves, but on this trinity of truth, goodness and beauty,” he told the journalists at 11am local time.

The newly elected Pope from Argentina spoke to them and their families on the third day of his pontificate.

“Your work needs study, sensibility, experience, like all other professions, but needs to also give special attention to truth, goodness and beauty,” said the Pope.


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Francis, Our Shepherd (7962)


03/16/2013 Comments (10)

When Pope Francis appeared before the vast, cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, and a television and Internet audience watching from around the world, his presence marked the joyful culmination of an anxious pilgrimage for Catholics eager for a Vicar of Christ.

For many weeks, Masses were celebrated and Rosaries prayed, imploring God for a new shepherd after Benedict’s resignation.

As he looked out into the crowd, Pope Francis seemed to understand that our fears would be quieted by his presence. The humble Church leader from Argentina would be the “rock” for the faithful across the world.

“As you know, cardinals were picking a bishop for Rome. It seems like my brother cardinals...READ MORE

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The Shining Faces of the Saints, Eight Frequently Asked Questions for a Daily Examen and Much More! (4180)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/16/2013 Comment

The Shining Faces of the Saints, East and West. Click on the link by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog to read more.

The Shining Faces of the Saints, East and West – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Eight Frequently Asked Questions for a Daily Examen – Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Latest in Breaking News from the Vatican - Big Pulpit

Where To Start the Quest – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Five Questions Catholics are Asked and How To Respond – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

The Stumbling Block of Mary – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Error Begets Error – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

L. M. S.-Sponsored High Mass at Westminster Cathedral – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

More Latin Stuff. . . – Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

Bishop Robert Vasa’s...READ MORE

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Habemus @Pontifex: Social Media Greets Its Pope (6028)

Tweets about the papal election reached 15 billion views — more than twice the world’s total population.

03/15/2013 Comments (5)

VATICAN CITY — Twitter: Meet Pope Francis, the new @Pontifex of the Catholic Church.

Francis is a pope of many firsts — first Jesuit pope, first pope from the Americas, and now first pope elected in the age of Vatican social media. While Francis has no papal Facebook, he took to Twitter to make it official: “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM!”

Wednesday’s papal election marked the first time that the world used social media to follow a papal election. According to the social-media analytics firm Topsy, tweets about the Pope reached 15 billion views — more than twice the world’s total population.

Sister Anne Flanagan, U.S. blogger and social-media expert for the Daughters of St. Paul, said...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Argentinians to Help Poor Instead of Coming to Rome (5236)

Pope Francis’ election has sparked a spiritual vitality for the Church in Argentina.

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World Youth Day Pilgrims from Argentina

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told the apostolic nuncio to Argentina to ask his countrymen not to travel to Italy for the ceremony that will begin his pontificate. 
“Tell the bishops and the faithful to make an offering and an act of solidarity to the poor with the money instead,” said the Vatican’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. 
Father Lombardi spoke March 15 with the nuncio, Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, who confirmed that Pope Francis had telephoned him on the night of his election. 
“But those who know him find this very normal, since it is his style,” said Father Lombardi at the Vatican’s media center.
“I don’t think he forbade it, he just said it wasn’t...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and the Wisdom of Years (5690)


03/15/2013 Comments (4)

Pope Francis meets with cardinals March in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace.


VATICAN CITY — The cardinals, emerging from a quick conclave, after having elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires less than 24 hours after the first ballot, were surprised that the waiting world was so surprised, including well-informed journalists who did not predict that outcome.

But the cardinals knew one thing that the world outside did not know, namely that the new Pope’s age, 76, was not considered a disqualifying factor.

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, who chose to be called Francis in honor of the founder of the Franciscans, fit the profile that emerged from the cardinals’ meetings the week before the conclave.

He was a successful diocesan bishop not...READ MORE

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