Sunday, August 25th, 2019

(Vatican Radio) Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ Christmas Message Urbi et Orbi, to the City of Rome, and to the whole World: CHRISTMAS 2016 URBI ET ORBI Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of […]

Easter vigil: Easter Mass: Urbi et Orbi: English translation Urbi et Orbi (via Vatican Radio) Pope Francis EASTER URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE to the City and to the World 5 April 2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Christ is risen! Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness! Out […]

English translation of Father Cantalmessa’s reflections, from Vatican Radio: “ECCE HOMO!” We have just heard the account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. There is one point in particular in that account on which we need to pause. Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it […]

This year we are continuing our tradition of taking a look back to last year’s predictions.  You would think I would learn each year that making so many predictions just means I have more work to do the following year correcting them. I’m also increasing the odds I’ll be wrong. Some people think I’m just […]

Urbi et Orbi Message of His Holiness Pope Francis  (Christmas 2013) Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours (Lk 2:14) Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Christmas! I take up the song of the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on the night […]

Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has a new book out and is out on the publicity tour. Good luck to her, and I hope she sells lots of books. However, I don’t expect it to be a favorite of Catholic Books and Gifts if she persists on trying to judge the Pope’s politics. “He’s had […]

Darn Jesuits. As you may have heard by now, there won’t be a Pope Wiggy. Some guy named Francis. I had such plans for the heretics… One of the advantages of being Catholic is that, instead of offering an opinion on who should be Pope, we’re more or less left to accept and offer prayers […]