Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pope washes feet of young Muslim woman prisoner in unprecedented twist on Maundy Thursday

Pope Francis continued his gleeful abandonment of tradition by washing the feet of a young Muslim woman prisoner in an unprecedented twist on the Holy Thursday tradition.


Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates aged 14 to 21, among them the two women, the second of whom was an Italian Catholic. Mr Greco said he hoped the ritual would be "a positive sign in their lives".

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mass for the beginning of the Petrine ministry of the bishop of Rome

Click on the image of the Vatican Website to read the sermon of Pope Francis

mass image.jpg

In the Gospel we heard that "Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife" (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom?

Read the entire, brief sermon here at the Vatican website

Monday, March 18, 2013

Orthodox patriarch to Rome for pope's installation

Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, headed Monday for the Vatican to attend Pope Francis' installation Mass -- the first time a patriarch from the Istanbul-based church is attending a papal investiture since the two branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Choose your own pope – with our interactive Pontifficator | World news |

The Guardian continues its brilliant coverage of this important juncture in religious history - On this page you can study all about each papal candidate
This week, 115 cardinals will be secreted in the Sistine Chapel to select one of their number as the next head of the Catholic church. You can't get in to see them but you can use our interactive to explore their views on issues from contraception to relations with other faiths, peruse their CVs, and choose the man you think is best qualified for the job. Tap the pictures to read more about the candidates.

North Korean soldiers rush into the sea