Pope Francis

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LOVED BY THE TRUTH: an interview with Rachel Benda

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Lk 12:32) When Rachel Benda founded Bethesda the House of Mercy, in July of 1990, it began as almost any good thing begins: a shot in the dark, a blind leap, a step out of the boat onto a stormy […]

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Evangelii Gaudium: Some Neglected Passages

The purpose of a pope, as distinct from a politician, is to lift us above the ephemera of the day to glimpse the Eternal Verities.  The pope does not formulate policy, nor solve the world’s problems (this is the job of the laity); instead he encourages, explains, and exhorts.  To exhort is precisely what Pope Francis aims […]

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Pioneers of the Faith

On October 17 we celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. c.107), bishop and martyr.  To read about St. Ignatius and the other Apostolic Fathers is to travel back to the cradle of the Christian faith.  Just think: Ignatius was born around the year 35, just a few years after the death of Christ; even […]

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Two Popes, One Message

I want to begin this post by stating that I love Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Not that I don’t love other Popes—In fact, I love every Pope—but there is something about Benedict that draws me towards him even more than Pope John Paul II or Pope Francis. I find it, therefore, extremely irritating that the […]

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How to Misinterpret Pope Francis

A few weeks ago, Pope Francis gave a three part interview to Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit journal. The interview was published earlier this week in all the Jesuit journals around the world. Everything was fine and dandy until the mainstream media decided to report on it […]

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