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The Cross of the Lord

In the Heart of Every Father is a collection of meditations and reflections by Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The editor of the Italian edition (Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J.) explains that, at the root of Pope Francis’ spirituality, “spiritual/evangelical discernment sees not only black and white, but processes, progresses, gradualness, shades; it looks to recognize the presence […]

Polls, Pews, and the Catholic Pulse

Has Pope Francis quickened the pulse of the Church? His name has been associated with new directions, but has he made any real difference? The latest PEW research, conducted in February on a national scale, points to high favorability rating (90%) among a broad-based sample. But it did not address whether popularity has led more […]

The free-spirited pope

In last week’s post, I highlighted a new book – The Francis Miracle, by John Allen, Jr.  In the 2015 John Cardinal Foley Lecture and in an article about the book, Allen explains that the title refers to the dramatic change in personality between Cardinal Bergoglio and Pope Francis. Allen quotes the Holy Father as […]

Francis, the adjective

Today the world (and not just the Church) celebrates the second anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Expect to see numerous stories, analyses, and commentaries about the septuagenarian sensation. Professional and amateur Vaticanistas will opine about visions and inspirations, as well as priorities and policies, all in the hope of figuring out and/or further […]

LENT online

“Whom Do You Follow?” is the leading question in a recent article on Christian life in the age of social media. Its conclusion rightly asserts that “We must not allow social media to become an object of obsession (with ourselves), but explore how it can help us to authentically share and participate in God’s love.” […]