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Archive for category Pope Francis

Follow-up on Pope Attending Mass: How New Is This?

And if this is a first, how significant is it?

Pope Goes to Mass Like Everybody Else

A Mass started at 7am, so Francis decided to stay for it.


The State of the US Church at Papal Visits – Statistics from CARA

63% of adult Catholics attended Mass at least once a month in 1979, but by 2014 this had declined to 46%.

“Viewing the Papal Mass in a remote location does not fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation”

Is this in the ‘spirit of Francis’?


Pope establishes “World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation” on Sept. 1

The first proposal for a joint date was put forward by the Metropolitan of Pergamum Zizioulas, representative of the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, who spoke at the Vatican last June.

Liturgical Schedule of Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States

At the Votive Mass of the BVM on Saturday, the recessional hymn will be the official song of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom”:

Damian Thompson on the Changing Catholic Blogosphere

Say a prayer for Pray Tell, woudja? And for everyone who blogs about church and liturgy, whatever label you might attach to them.

“Laudato Si” and Liturgical Life — Example 2: How We Assemble for Worship

I keep thinking about the implications of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si for liturgical life.  Today, I ponder some concrete elements of how we assemble for worship. First, there is the uncomfortable truth that churches are big consumers of energy, and quite a bit of that consumption happens on Sunday morning.  Let’s take the parish […]


Pope Francis Asks Waldensians for Forgiveness

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us!


Francis’s Travel Staff

It’s a replica of a wooden staff made for Francis by prisoners at an Italian detention facility.