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“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.

Whither Confirmation?

The “age of confirmation” in the dioceses of the United States at present is 7 to 16. This isn’t a coherent vision.

“Laudato Si” and Liturgical Life — Example 1: Green Burial Practices

Since the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si” I have been thinking about how best to spell out this beautiful text for liturgical and devotional practices.  Some of this is easily done, since the Pope offers his own examples (especially in the section on “Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest”):  pray before meals; […]

“The dead language has died…”

Latin symbolizes a model of the church.

Respondeo: Roundup and Reactions

Here is this week’s roundup of a few interesting recent stories and a few reactions.

“Let Us Sing As We Go…”: Pope Francis, Laudato Si’

Francis offers two prayers, one for all who believe in God, one for Christians.

Archbishop John Quinn in Interview

A leading voice for reform speaks out on Pope Francis, the Synod of Bishops, curia reform and decentralization, liturgical translation, reverence in the liturgy, and his hope for church renewal.

“Good Vibrations” for Pope Francis

“Send me good vibrations,” the Pope said.