I am delighted to announce that I’ve been selected to participate in a journalistic tour as part of Pope Francis’ visit to Israel!! The tour will take place May 18-28, 2014, and I will be traveling with the Catholic Press Association on this adventure hosted and funded by the Israel Read more…
In yet another surprise move, Pope Francis granted a private – and frank – interview with professed atheist and La Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari. You may recall that the Pope wrote a letter to Scalfari this summer in response to several questions he’d posed in various articles run in the paper. La Repubblica is one of Italy’s leading newspapers.
Pope Francis made the phone call and arranged the (more…)
In today’s General Audience, Pope Francis returned to the Catechism on the Year of Faith begun by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during his pontificate. The Holy Father worked from a scripted text, but in keeping with his personal style deviated at times, seemingly in response to his observations of his listeners. Most prominent was his break-away greeting (more…)
On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis – like all of his predecessors – will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. But, unlike his predecessors, it will not be a public event and there will be no live broadcast. The Holy Father will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in a penitentiary, not because of any criminal behavior on his part (more…)
When I first noticed the media hoopla over what chair the Pope sat on today, I thought Oh, please. Isn’t that too much? Let the poor man sit wherever he wants, for goodness sake! Now we’re just picking on any little things we can make a big deal out of. After some investigation, however, I’m eating my words, or rather, sitting quietly in my seat. The chair the Pope sat on is a big deal…
Instead of the throne chair traditionally used by popes, today Pope Francis sat on the same (more…)