The details about the pontiff’s alleged call to an Argentine woman are changing, but if the story is true, it would still be a big deal. Here’s why, and what we know so far.
News this morning from the Jesuit curia in Rome says that the Rev. Frans van der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit who refused to leave Syria so that he could remain to work with the poor and refugees from the civil war, has been killed.
The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva saw a “common path” with the White House on social justice issues and “a way forward, a compromise, a solution” on culture war topics after “cordial” meeting
But Bono and the Dalai Lama make the Top Ten. This probably won’t help Francis’ wish that he not be treated as a celebrity. Still…Maybe Obama will take notes at their meeting next week?
And Archbishop George Ganswein is still working for Francis. Should Ganswein go? Some say yes.
First he was upset at Pope Francis’ criticisms of capitalism. Now he’s worried that the income inequality debate will take us to Hitler’s Germany…
“But look at what that one has done, or that one,” the pope said. “But I have done so many (bad) things. Who am I to judge? … Who am I to gossip about this person? Who am I who has done the same or worse?”
Also: the pope, in his homily at Mass on Thursday morning, says that all the Christian apologetics in the world won’t convince an unbeliever to believe — but living a genuine Christian life can.
A new book reveals that if elected in the conclave of 2005, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio would have called himself after “Good Pope” John, who ushered the Catholic Church into the modern world in the 1960s. Instead, he was elected in 2013 and became the first Pope Francis.