The Francis Chronicles: "There is no sickness whatsoever. If there was, we would be open about that and asking people to pray for him."
I have been predicting smooth sailing for the visit of President Barack Obama to the Vatican, but a story from Vatican Radio makes me more cautious.
The story, which ran Wednesday, is a typical pre-visit piece talking about visits to the Vatican by Obama and earlier presidents. But the last paragraph should cause heartburn in the White House.
At an event on the "Francis Factor" on Tuesday, the panelists repeatedly shifted attention away from the pope and onto Jesus.
Rev. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., the English language assistant to Holy See Press Office, sent out an email clarifying what the pope said about "civil unions" in his interview in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.