Pope Francis on Divorce and Remarriage

During his August 5 general audience, Pope Francis addressed the issue of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, saying they “are not, in fact, excommunicated—they are not excommunicated—and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were,” reported Catholic News Service (CNS). In his first...

The World Meeting of Families

Our guest blogger today is Gina Loehr whose work has been featured in St. Anthony Messenger magazine. “It was like Catholic Disneyland.” That’s how my friend, Rachel Bond, described the exhibitor plaza at the World Meeting of Families which she attended with her husband and two young daughters. Nearly...

Popaphobia in Philadelphia—Part Two

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.“—Plato Reading about the preparations Washington, New York, and Philadelphia have made for the Papal Visit are scaring me. One might be lax. Another is over-buttering their...

Prayer for the Popaclypse

Most of us know that DC, New York, and Philadelphia are likely to evolve into overpopulated bedlam this week for the pope’s historic visit to the US. Many of us will be staying far, far away from these cities. Some of us are heading right into the mouths of the hydrae. Many of us Catholics will be...

Trust in the Lord – He Never Disappoints

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. In listening to what John the Baptist says, who bears witness to Jesus as the Savior, our confidence in Jesus should grow. Many times we trust a...

Pope Francis: Our Spiritual Guide

On March 13, 2013, Pope Francis caught the world’s attention by choosing St. Francis of Assisi as his patron – and he continued his journey towards becoming our spiritual guide. He quickly showed what that means for him: riding the bus with the cardinals back to the Domus Sanctae Marthae (where he...

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