Author Archives: Christopher Hale
Exciting and somewhat surprising news came from Rome this morning. It was announced by the Vatican Press Office that Pope Francis–who is on retreat with his collaborators in the Roma Curia–will be visiting South Korea from August 14-18 this year to take part in an Asian youth gathering. The pope just gave the red hat […]
Pope Francis has granted another interview, this time with the Italian Daily Corriere della sera. As of 5:45 AM, no English translation of the interview is available. The Wall Street Journal has the most comprehensive summary as of now. Most notable among the Pope’s comments is his suggestion that women should have a greater pastoral […]
One of the central paradigms of Catholic thought is best communicated in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 classic The Little Prince. A children’s book, the whole story can be summed up in the words of the fox to the little prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” […]
John Allen of National Catholic Reporter is reporting that Pope Francis is likely to visit the United States in September 2015. The primary motive for the trip would be the eighth edition of the World Meeting of Families, an event held every three years that was launched under Pope John Paul II in 1994 and […]
The Associated Press has breaking news on Pope Benedict XVI: A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. This is a sharp increase from previous years.
Via Vatican Insider: In a new move aimed at reforming the clergy and eliminating careerism in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has abolished the conferral of the Pontifical Honor of ‘Monsignor’ on secular priests under the age of 65. Henceforth, the only Pontifical Honor that will be conferred on ‘secular priests’ will be that of […]
A few years ago I was writing a letter to a dear friend of mine. At the end of the letter, I wrote a simple cliche: “May God always be with you.” As I wrote it, I immediately realized what a silly phrase it was. The truth is that no request is needed: God is always with us. Christmas […]