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We Are Afraid of Joy

Pope Francis: There are “bat-like Christians” who prefer the shadows to the light of the Lord  Pope Francis said there are Christians who are afraid of the joy of Christ’s resurrection and who instead prefer sadness and staying in the shadows just like bats. The importance of Christians being joyful, rather than sad or fearful,…

John XXIII and John Paul II: Canonizing the Bookends

John XXIII and John Paul II: Canonizing the bookends George Weigel Pope Francis’s bold decisions to canonize Blessed John XXIII without the normal post-beatification miracle, and to link Good Pope John’s canonization ceremony to that of Blessed John Paul II, just may help re-orient Catholic thinking about modern Catholic history. For what Francis is suggesting,…

Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?

Pope audience: Why do you seek the living among the dead Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis’ weekly general audience, the first of the Easter season. The crowd was such, that the Holy…