My brother recently mused, "This new pope is really something. I'm thinking of returning to the church!"
The Francis Chronicles
Catholics must choose whether to follow a life of “well-being” or to follow Jesus, cross and all, Pope Francis said in today’s homily from Casa Santa Marta, according to Vatican Radio.
In today's Gospel reading from Luke, Herod asks about Jesus: "Who then is this about whom I hear such things?" Pope Francis offers three ways to best get to know who Jesus is: by studying about him, by praying to him, and by walking the life he walked.
If "I know Jesus in these ways, I involve myself with him," he said during his homily at Casa Santa Marta, according to Vatican Radio.
Pope Francis is asking the Catholic church's bishops and faithful to "walk together" in order to face the issues of the day, one of the eight cardinals appointed by the pope to oversee expected Vatican reform has said.
Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the archbishop of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, made his comments Wednesday in an interview with the Canadian Catholic media outlet Salt + Light.
I am on sabbatical in New Mexico and am somewhat restricted on the blog for the fall. However, I did want to say a few words about Pope Francis' recent comments that have elicited so much coverage, including among our NCR bloggers.
While much of the news coverage has praised Pope Francis for his exclusive interview, at least one American pundit has put the pontiff “on notice.”
Pope Francis on Wednesday said Christians must bear witness to God's plan for the unity, peace and reconciliation of the whole human family. The pope was speaking as he greeted tens of thousands of visitors, gathered in St. Peter's Square for his Wednesday general audience, according to Vatican Radio.
Following are his reported remarks:
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to an examination of conscience about their response to such acts of anti-Christian persecution.
Everyone is rightly talking about the extensive interview Pope Francis had with the editor of the Italian Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, which was published last week.
I read the America magazine interview by Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro with Pope Francis with joy. There is so much in it to ponder and appreciate, yet the writing flows easily. But as I read, I wondered yet again, "Where are the U.S. bishops?"