Pope Francis

March 21, 2013

JP in Rome: What I Saw at the Installation Mass

On March 19, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass commemorating the inauguration of his pontificate. Of course, Pope Francis became the head of the Catholic Church after
March 22, 2013

Catholics need to take their own advice when it comes to intra-faith dialogue

It’s been a week since I was accused of “pope bashing.” Why was I labeled a “pope basher?” In a column I wrote in the days
March 25, 2013

JP in Rome: When Francis met Benedict + Palm Sunday at St. Peter’s Square

Over the weekend, Pope Francis visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo. That meeting was unprecedented. No Bishop of Rome has succeeded a living predecessor
March 28, 2013

Eau du Sheep

Men who spend a lot of time around animals tend to pick up certain qualities of those animals. Smells, in particular, can cling rather stubbornly. Take
March 29, 2013

JP in Rome: Triduum at St. Peter’s

This morning at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Pope Francis celebrated the annual Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Rome. It was the first time
April 1, 2013

Pope Francis is Praying for Peace in Korea. We Should Too.

Is anyone else getting nervous about the situation in Korea? North Korea has been talking tough again, threatening to strike not only US targets overseas, but
April 2, 2013

A Simple Prayer Method From A Simple Pontiff

It is becoming increasingly clear that our Pope Francis is a pope who, as Stephen White put it, smells like his sheep. He is a man
April 3, 2013

Pope Francis Against the Self-Referential Church

Pope Francis seems already to have introduced a new term into Catholic discourse: self-referential Church.  At least, if he did not originate it, he has certainly