- Pope Concludes Year of Faith Preaching ‘Centrality of Christ’ National Catholic Register 11/25/13. At his Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis displayed the reliquary containing the bones of St. Peter to the crowd of pilgrims.
- At Vatican meeting, pope discusses ongoing war in Syria with Putin Catholic News Service. 11/25/13.
- French Jesuit priest Peter Faber to be made a saint in December, by Andrea Tornielli. La Stampa "Vatican Insider" 11/24/13. Next month, the Pope to issue a papal bull decreeing the “equivalent canonization” of Peter Faber, the first companion of St. Ignatius, whom Francis considers a model figure.
- A new biography of Pope Francis hailed in Argentina La Stampa 11/22/13. A new biography of Pope Francis, based on primary sources and testimonies, is being praised in Argentina by people who know him as the most complete and authoritative portrait of him in any language to-date.
- Pope, at audience, says he goes to confession every two weeks Catholic News Service. 11/21/13. CNS) -- Pope Francis said he goes to confession every two weeks, knowing that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, but also knowing that having a priest say "I absolve you" reinforces belief in God's mercy.
- Pope Francis Blesses Man With Severely Disfigured Face National Catholic Register 11/21/13:
Continuing his efforts to promote a “culture of encounter” with the disabled, Pope Francis again embraced a severely disfigured man after his Nov. 20 weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.
The Pope spoke with a man who lacks facial features, embraced him and gave him a blessing. Pope Francis then smiled at the man, kissed him and gestured toward the sky in the midst of a crowded square.
- Pope Francis: "Many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them…" 11/18/13.(As reported by Deacon Greg Kandra).
- Pope reiterates call for Catholics to adopt missionary mindset Catholic News Service. 11/18/13. Pope Francis once again called for Catholics to adopt a missionary mindset and make mission the priority of all pastoral activities.
- Pope personally calls Traditional Catholic writer, says he considers it important to be criticized Rorate Caeli 11/17/13.
- Scalfari Interview Taken Down from Vatican Website National Catholic Register 11/15/13:
Pope Francis’ interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of La Repubblica, has been taken down from the Vatican website, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed today.
The Oct. 1 interview, which was also published in L’Osservatore Romano, was criticised for its inaccuracies after it emerged that Scalfari hadn’t recorded it.
- The Honeymoon is Over: Pro-abortion Feminist activists burn effigy of Pope Francis in front of the Cathedral of San Juan Rorate Caeli 11/14/13.
- Pope says purported visions of Mary can lead people away from God Catholic News Service. 11/14/13. - Purported visions of Mary, if taken in the wrong spirit, can sow confusion and distance people from the Gospel, Pope Francis said.
- Francis endorses the "hermeneutic of reform in continuity" Papal letter praises critic of "Bologna School" as "best interpreter of the Second Vatican Council" Rorate Caeli 11/14/13:
In his latest post for his personal blog, Sandro Magister publicized the text of a letter sent by Pope Francis to Abp. Agostino Marchetto, a former Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. He is best-known as the author of The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council: A Counterpoint for the History of the Council, which criticizes the "Bologna School' and champions the "hermeneutic of reform, of renewal in continuity" as proposed by Benedict XVI, most notably in his speech of December 22, 2005. [Click here for English translation of the letter].
- ‘Pope Francis’s life is in danger,’ anti-mafia judge warns Catholic Herald UK. 11/13/13.
- Rabbi: His friend Pope Francis is strong, will make reforms despite criticism Associated Press / Washington Post 11/21/13. It was September, not an easy time for a religious Jew to be traveling. The Jewish month of Tishrei was ending with its marathon of holy days. Kosher wine would be needed. There were Sabbath blessings to recite. Fortunately, Rabbi Abraham Skorka had a friend with the run of a hotel who arranged for kosher meals and said “amen” to the rabbi’s prayers.
- Even the Pope Critiques Himself. And Corrects Three Errors, by Sandro Magister. 11/20/13. "He is lowering the “rating” of his interview with Scalfari. Rectifying his judgments on Vatican Council II. Distancing himself from the progressive currents that have applauded him until now. But the media are silent on this change of pace."
- 'It was like being in Paradise. I felt only love': Terribly disfigured man who was held by the Pope relives the moment that moved the world Daily Mail UK. 11/19/13:
He said: ‘His hands were so soft. And his smile was so clear and open. But the thing that struck me most is that there has not been thinking about whether or not to hug me. I'm not contagious, but he did not know. But he just did it: he caressed me all over my face, and as he did I felt only love.
He recollected the meeting of a fortnight ago: 'First I kissed his hand while he, with the other hand, caressed my head and wounds. Then he drew me to him in a strong embrace, kissing my face.
'My head was against his chest his arms were wrapped around me. It lasted just over a minute, but to me it seemed like an eternity.'
Mr Riva was accompanied to the Vatican's St Peter's square by his aunt, Caterina and his younger sister Morena, who also suffers from a lesser form of the disease. The meeting with Francis marked a new beginning for him he said: ‘Later I turned to my aunt and told her: "Here I leave my pain"'.
- Papal Style: Caring for Souls while Leaving Doctrinal Exposition to Others, by Dr. William Oddie. Crisis 11/19/13.
- Francis’ School of Love: Are We Absorbing the Lessons?, by Elizabeth Scalia. First Things "On The Square" 11/19/13. "It is a very fine thing to admire Pope Francis, but we’re meant to do more; we’re meant to surrender the idols of our own bitterness and absorb his lessons in generosity. Only then can we model ourselves after them."
- That time when Bergoglio threatened torturers with hell La Stampa 11/14/13. The Jesuit Juan Carlos Scannone recalls some memories of his relationship with the future Pope.
- “The Pope has nothing against the Old Rite and those who follow it”, by Andrea Tornielli. La Stampa "The Vatican Insider" 11/13/13:
“Pope Francis has nothing against the Old Rite or the lay groups and associations that follow it,” Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos told Vatican Insider. The cardinal was formerly Prefect of the Clergy and President of the Commission that deals with the Catholic Church’s relations with the Lefebvrians and groups that celebrate the pre-conciliar Rite.
- The Francis Era: Synthesis or Civil War?, by Ross Douthat. New York Times 11/11/13.
- Just when you think another commentary may be overkill, here comes Rusty Reno - Pertinacious Papist 11/20/13.