Pope Francis

Our group praying in the Upper Room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem

This is quite incredible since it has not been done since Pope John Paul II received permission from Israel to celebrate Mass there on his visit to the Holy Land. Pope Francis will do the “not allowed”–he will celebrate Mass in the Upper Room.

Seems odd, eh, that the place where the first Eucharist was celebrated by Jesus is not open for Catholics to worship. It is a “secular” building like a museum where anyone can walk through, sing, make noise, whatever. But the one thing we cannot do is celebrate Mass.

Pope’s Detailed Holy Land Schedule

Three, maybe four, sacraments were instituted in this room: ordination, Eucharist, Reconciliation and we can also suggest Confirmation since the Holy Spirit descended in fire upon 120 in this room on the day of Pentecost. 

Now, I have been informed the Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Upper Room. I hope he can convince Israel to give it back to the Catholic Church.

(See Zenit Report)

Pray!

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Obama Meets the Pope: the Spin Begins

by Steve Ray on March 27, 2014

By Phil Lawyer | March 27, 2014 2:07

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Pope Francis, President Obama said that Church concerns about religious freedom and individual conscience were “not really a topic of conversation” during the exchange.

Sorry, but I can't help asking myself, "What is wrong with this picture? The Pope and the ... "

That’s funny. The Vatican summary of the discussion mentioned “questions of particular relevance for the Church, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection..” Since the entire Vatican summary of the conversation encompassed just 98 words, that suggests that the Pope laid heavy emphasis on those questions. Maybe the President wasn’t listening carefully.

Obama did say that he spoke with the Holy Father about “the poor, the marginalized, those without opportunity, and growing inequality.” That sounds entirely plausible, doesn’t it? And yet here’s the interesting thing: The Vatican statement doesn’t mention any of those topics. Not a single word.

If the subject of economic inequality was the main topic of the conversation, why didn’t the Vatican even mention that subject? I can think of two possible explanations:

1) The people who prepared the official Vatican statement aren’t terribly enthusiastic about promoting the Pope’s agenda.

2) The people who prepared the official Vatican statement aren’t terribly enthusiastic about promoting someone else’s agenda.

Read CWN article HERE.

Zenit Article

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Tops List of World's 50 Greatest Leaders

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 for “energizing their followers and making the world better,” the magazine continues.

Since his election, “Francis has electrified the Church and attracted legions of non-Catholic admirers by energetically setting a new direction,” the magazine says. 

Fortune notes that Francis “recently asked the world to stop the rock-star treatment” but adds: “He knows that while revolutionary, his actions so far have mostly reflected a new tone and intentions. His hardest work lies ahead.”

It says that “signs of a “Francis effect” abound” and draws attention to a poll in March in which one in four Catholics said they’d increased their charitable giving to the poor this year it says. “Of those, 77% said it was due in part to the Pope,” it says.

Others to make the list include German Chancellor Angelo Merkel, the businessman Warren Buffett, and the Burmese rights activist, Aung San Suu Kyi. 

In the year since his election, the Pope has been named Person of the Year by Time, and made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, among others. 

Fortune is a global business magazine published by Time Inc. and founded in 1930.

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Interesting, Obama did NOT make the list!

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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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