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Opening Rites at Mass with Pope in Kenya

Look what happens in the dance between the opening Collect and the First Reading.

Full Text: The Pope’s Speech in Florence

“It is useless to look for solutions in conservatism and fundamentalism, in the restoration of outdated conduct and forms that have not the ability to be even culturally significant. Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, concerns, investigation, but it is alive…”

Pope Francis on Catholic-Lutheran Intercommunion [UPDATED]

“There are questions that … must be responded to on one’s own. See for yourself… Talk to the Lord and go forward…”

Pope Francis: “Not an Era of Change But a Change of Era” [UPDATED]

“Before the problems of the church it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism, in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally.”

How Does Pope Francis Baptize?

An account of a baptism by Pope Francis, recently published in America magazine, contains some puzzling features. Here’s a fact check.

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Merton: Not Catholic Enough? Or Role Model for Pope Francis?

As recently as last week, the Northern California chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society attempted to host a talk by a Merton scholar and well-respected theologian on the topic of Merton’s interreligious dialogue. But the bishop asked the local Catholic Church to host it off-site.

CARA Begins Surveying Parishes Regarding Outreach to People With Disabilities

“Asking Catholic parishes and dioceses across the United States what they are doing to reach out, include and serve individuals with developmental differences is a practical way to respond to the call by Pope Francis that we pay attention to people who are marginalized in society.”

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References to Liturgy in Pope Francis’s Homily This Evening

“… far from outward pomp…”

Pope to Institute New Rite for Stripping the Altar on Holy Thursday

During his American visit, Pope Francis announced a new rite of stripping the altar on Holy Thursday.

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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