Huff Post has the story: Pope Francis is thought to be dressing as a simple priest some evenings to leave the Vatican and minister to the homeless. Of course, this is huge news. Of course, too, there will now be a nightwatch at the gates of the Vatican. The poor homeless of Rome. They want their pope. They don't want the paparazzi.
Distinctly Catholic: On Monday, the University of Notre Dame refiled a lawsuit against Department of Health and Human Services regarding the administration’s controversial contraception mandate.
The Acton Institute has posted a video of Fr. Robert Sirico discussing Evangelii Gaudium. I post it without comment (for now):
Speaking with a friend last night, I said, "I could write about Evangelii Gaudium for the rest of the month and still not have touched on everything." I am not going to test the thesis, but over the next few days at least, I wish to share certain parts of the text that did not get into my initial three posts on Evangelii Gaudium but which are important.
Here is the first of our great Advent hymns. So stunningly beautiful. The text is posted beneath the video.
This time of year,
Today, I will take a final look at Evangelii Gaudium, that is, for immediate purposes. The text is something to be kept at hand and read over and over again in the days, months and years ahead. But, Chapter 4, “The Social Dimension of Evangelization,” warrants special attention today, especially here in the United States where there are such strong counter-currents in the culture.
Pope Francis writes:
Over at National Review, the Acton Institute's Samuel Gregg has penned his take on Evangelii Gaudium. It is an extended variation on the childhood theme, "Who me? That was not my hand in the cookie jar!" Then he essentially says the pope does not know what he is talking about when it comes to economics. Of course, as baptized Christians, the pope and Mr. Gregg worship a crucified Lord.
Every single line of the Pope's General Audience address today is remarkable. Vatican Insider has the synopsis. Here is the authority of the Gospel: Only the Gospel speaks to this deepest yearning of the human heart, the desire to be free from fear of death. Just remarkable and beautiful.