Pope Francis

Fortune Magazine Names Pope “Greatest World Leader”

March 21, 2014

Francis Heads List of 50 Persons Chosen for “Energizing Their Followers and Making World Better” NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The global business magazine has named Pope Francis the world’s greatest leader in a world “starved for leadership,” it says. The list of 50 men and women “some famous, others little known” have been chosen [...]

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Pentecostal Kenneth Copeland and Pope Francis (quite an amazing encounter)

March 14, 2014

Kenneth Copeland is a Pentecostal preacher who has championed the “name it, claim it” tradition in Protestantism. He has an “empire” which he has built that spreads across the world with tens of thousands of followers, or more. I remember as a teenager listening to him on TV and radio with my parents. Many of [...]

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An Example of How the Secular Media Exploits the “Pope Francis Effect”

February 4, 2014

Phil Lawler writes, Yesterday I called attention to a very perceptive critique, by Bishop James Conley, of the Rolling Stone cover story about Pope Francis. The purveyors of pop culture aren’t interested in reporting what Pope Francis thinks, Bishop Conley warned; they’re interested in promoting their own ideas, and using the Pope as window-dressing. Recognizing [...]

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I Like the Bishops Recently Chosen; but Now a New Group of “Bishop Pickers” has been Chosen. Hum?

December 18, 2013

David Gibson of Religious News Service writes, After last month’s annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I wrote a story handicapping the four American churchman who enjoyed growing influence in the new(ish) pontificate of Pope Francis. They were Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who is one of the eight members of Francis “kitchen cabinet” of advisors [...]

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The Pope, Economics and His Recent Exhortation

December 18, 2013

My friend Fr. Chas Canoy, Chaplain of the Ann Arbor Michigan Legatus Chapter, recently wrote on the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation . . . by Fr. Chas Canoy At a recent Legatus chapter event, we had some lively dinner conversation at our table concerning the pope’s view on economics. The question came up of some [...]

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Time Magazine announced they have selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year

December 11, 2013

Zenit’s Comments Article below from www.CatholicVote.org   Another week, another media frenzy over our pope. This morning Time announced they have selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year. Good news? A non-story? What to make of this all? George Weigel has said that the late Blessed John Paul II regularly inquired of his visitors [...]

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Pope Francis On Poverty Warrants Scrutiny: Samuel Gregg

November 30, 2013

Pope Francis has released his first apostolic exhortation,Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). An apostolic exhortation …is published to encourage the faithful to live in a particular manner or to do something, e.g., post synodal documents offered to the church in summary of a previous synod and hoping the faithful will do something helpful for the [...]

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Pope Francis’ Homily to Close the Year of Faith

November 24, 2013

This Year of Faith was a great year and inspired many to take their faith seriously. I admire Pope Benedict for instituting the Year of Faith and Pope Francis for closing it out with class. What was the Year of Faith? It is very simple: 1) Learn you faith; 2) Live your faith; 3) Share [...]

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Does Pope Francis Make You Nervous? Not Sure What He’ll Do Next? Relax!

November 20, 2013

Our new Holy Father makes a lot of people nervous. He is shaking things up and people are still not sure what to do with him. This is not only in the secular world (especially the media) but also inside the Church. He makes his security team nervous by insisting on being with the people. [...]

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In Rome for Consecration of the World to Mary – Watch My Video

October 13, 2013

Watch my short video on-location below. VATICAN CITY, October 13, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Here is the translation of the prayer of consecration recited by Pope Francis in consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Mary Virgin of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence we join our voice to that of [...]

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The Date is SET! Canonization of JPII is April 27! And We Will Be There – Join Us!

October 7, 2013

The Pope and Cardinals announced it! The date is finally set! April 27 is Divine Mercy Sunday and we will be in Rome to celebrate this historic event! Join us on this pilgrimage. Not only for the canonization but a full tour of Imperial Rome with its Roman Forum, Coliseum and the Mamertine Prison where [...]

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Pope Francis: The Good, the Baffling, and the Unclear

October 3, 2013

Carl Olsen of Ignatius Press writes: Over the past few days, I’ve had numerous conversations, by phone and e-mail and in person, with folks who are confused, frustrated, puzzled, or even angry about some of the comments made recently by Pope Francis. After a lot of thought and consideration (and consultation), I wrote the following [...]

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Are the Pope’s Off-the-Cuff Comments Destroying the Church?

September 24, 2013

Interesting Article

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To Understand Pope Francis

September 20, 2013

From my friend Mark Brumley, President and CEO of Ignatius Press: In case you’re wondering just what’s going on with Pope Francis–and reading the New York Times and some other media outlets are bound to have that effect–I suggest you read the interview in America magazine. Francis is the best commentator on Francis: http://americamagazine.org/pope-interview For [...]

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Want to Join us in Rome for JPII’s Canonization?

September 14, 2013

This trip is filling fast – even before we have the brochure completed. We can only take a limited number of pilgrims due to airline seats and hotel rooms available. Stay tuned for the full brochure available soon. This is not just to be in Rome for this historical event, we will also have tours [...]

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Blessed JPII Canonized April 27 AND WE’RE TAKING A GROUP!

September 10, 2013

We are very excited about this pilgrimage to Rome! Don’t wait long since we already have 50 people signed up for the canonization before the date was even released. We can take 100 people max. So sign up quickly before it’s too late. Join Teresa Tomeo, my wife Janet and myself along with Liz Lev [...]

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