Author Archives: Christopher Hale
President Obama has picked his personal representative to Pope Francis. Today he nominated Ken Hackett, former president of Catholic Relief Services, as the United States Ambassador to the Holy See. Here is a biography of Hackett from Catholic Relief Services.
Nearly three months in and it’s clear, the Holy Spirit won this year’s papal election. No one but the Spirit could have led the cardinals to select Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis and the worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. And today the Spirit’s well played hand showed itself again. During Wednesday’s papal audience […]
Several news outlets are reporting that Ohio State President Gordon Gee has been forced to retire after comments surfaced from a December 2012 meeting where he ripped Catholics. An Associated Press report last week revealed Gee said Notre Dame wasn’t allowed to join the Big Ten because its leaders weren’t good partners. He said its […]
For the first time in the two millennia history of the Catholic Church, an entire papal encyclical will be dedicated to the theme of poverty. Pope Francis revealed this news recently in a private conservation with an Italian bishop. He will finish the work after publishing the final encyclical from his predecessor Benedict XVI on the […]
The Catholic spring has already begun and now it appears to kicking into high gear. Germany’s top prelate Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg has appealed to Pope Francis for the consideration of ordaining women to the diaconate. In comments at the conclusion of a four day meeting of the German bishops, he said that the […]
Have you blinked yet? More stunning news from Rome. The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis the Radical will appoint women to key leadership posts in the Roman Curia. These comments from papal spokesman Father Frederico Lombardi, SJ follow public statements made by Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras saying he was backing more posts […]
More big news from Rome today. According to a senior Vatican official, martyred Salvadoran bishop Oscar Romero will soon join the Church’s official canon of saints. During a homily yesterday, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia–who is in charge of Romero’s cause for canonization–announced that Pope Francis had “unblocked” Romero’s path to sainthood. Romero’s cause for canonization had […]