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Archive for September, 2015

At U.S. seminaries, a rise in millennials answering God’s call

“I read about Francis when he was the bishop of Buenos Aires. He traveled on the metro with the people, he had contact with the people. I would like to be a priest in this way. Not to hide in my rectory, but to go out to the people…” – Stefan Megyery, seminarian

Full Texts of Homilies and Addresses of Pope Francis in U.S., All Worship Programs Released

Many commenters have been asking about music and the texts of the homilies, addresses, and other remarks Pope Francis made during his time in the United States. Thanks to one website and the USCCB, all have been posted.

A Course on Liturgy and Justice

In this course, we look at the implication of liturgical practice for the practice of justice in the various times and cultures of Christian experience. The course focuses on Western / North Atlantic Christianity. I would welcome suggestions for readings outside that ambit as well as comments on the course in general.

Fiat 500L Cars Pope Francis Used in United States Will Be Auctioned for Charity

When Pope Francis stepped off of the plane into the United States, many expected to see him get into a limousine.  However, the car of choice for Pope Francis in the United States:  a black Fiat 500L.  The car retails for as low as $19,995.00 in the United States.  The average new car price in […]

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Expert: Papal Mass Numbers Were Largely Exaggerated

The original estimate of attendance at the Papal Mass was upwards of 1.5 million. Then, the number became a much smaller 1 million. During the broadcasts of the Papal Mass, the numbers floated around were about 800,000. So, how many people were there really?

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Rolling Stone: Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album

His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November.

“Don’t Forget”: The Pope’s Final Mass in Philadelphia

All in all, “don’t forget” are some pretty fine words with which to end such a visit. I know that Pope John Paul’s visit to Chicago in the late 1970’s is still part of this city’s collective memory. I hope that in a similar way, the American Church will have a hard timing forgetting Francis’ visit.

The Mural Pope Francis Signed is Part of a Network of Social Justice Murals in Philadelphia

In nice big letters, Pope Francis signed the last piece of a mural. He chose to sign it “Francis”, in nice big letters. But, this is not an isolated mural, but part of a greater Mural Arts Program that helps transform the City of Philadelphia.

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Interfaith Service at 9/11 Memorial

Pope Francis, by his tone of voice, also gave special emphasis to a statement that I think will be reflected on long after this event, because it touches on the challenging subject of pluralism.

The “Misa Multitudinaria” at Madison Square Garden

I experienced the Mass as a reverent and prayerful liturgy.