Pope Francis and Joe Boxer

Like many, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, I have been impressed with Pope Francis since his election. His humility and clear concern for the common person have become hallmarks of his papacy. His refusal to don many of the traditional trappings of a pope, including living in a smaller residence and using a common car aroundContinue reading “Pope Francis and Joe Boxer”

Pope Francis fast-tracks saints

This week the Weekly Writing Challenge calls for humor. Having already commented on the rumor of a Papal recall, I thought I’d take on the latest news from the Vatican! Now just a gosh darn moment. According to the New York Times, Pope Francis “has sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood”.  Pope John Paul IIContinue reading “Pope Francis fast-tracks saints”

Pope Francis fast-tracks saints

Now just a gosh darn moment. According to the New York Times, Pope Francis “has sped two of his predecessors toward sainthood”.  Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have been fast-tracked for sainthood. Why? Because Francis liked them. Geez Louise, so much for being a man of the common folk. I wonder how FrancisContinue reading “Pope Francis fast-tracks saints”

Popemobile readied for Benedict’s successor

The Conclave has yet to begin, two cardinals are still on their way to Rome, but preparations for the next Pope, the fisher of men, are well underway.  Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, turned in his Fisherman’s ring and vacated the Vatican days ago. But it appears he left a reminder: his “gone fishin’”Continue reading “Popemobile readied for Benedict’s successor”

Papal campaigning, think of the promises

Today is the last day of Pope Benedict XVI’s  papacy. He has already urged the College of Cardinals to make haste and not wait until March 15th – perhaps he read my post regarding the ominous Ides of March and the potential for Irish Cardinals to miss St. Patrick’s Day – to begin the processContinue reading “Papal campaigning, think of the promises”

Papal Conclave to begin March 15th; will Irish Cardinals miss St. Patrick’s Day?

It seems the Vatican is considering the possibility of starting the process of electing a new pope on March 15th, All Caesarian references aside, would the Ides of March be an appropriate time to start the process? Seems ominous to me. Of more importance perhaps is the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is on MarchContinue reading “Papal Conclave to begin March 15th; will Irish Cardinals miss St. Patrick’s Day?”

Ash Wednesday: Welcome to Lent 2013

Today is Ash Wednesday, which means it’s Lent – “ … to whom and for how long”, as the old honeymoon joke punch line goes – the period of preparation for Easter through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Hey … as the Cheers character Carla Tortelli pointed out “It’s not a religion for wusses” This year even BenedictContinue reading “Ash Wednesday: Welcome to Lent 2013”

Happy Mardi Gras. Will the next pope be Canadian?

I recall in the lead up to the 1976 Olympic Summer games in Montreal, as is often the case with large-scale events, rumors of huge cost overruns (mind you, later to be confirmed) were rampant. When that was the topic of discussion they were referred to as “Montreal’s’” Olympics. “Montreal’s games won’t be ready on time”; “Montreal’s gamesContinue reading “Happy Mardi Gras. Will the next pope be Canadian?”

Pooped Pope resigns: should have switched from Papal Bulls to Red Bull – it does give you wings!

The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28th. This will mark the first time in 500 years that a Pope has stepped down. At the age of 85 the Pope decided he was no longer able to fulfill the requirements of the Papacy. … my strengths, due to an advanced age,Continue reading “Pooped Pope resigns: should have switched from Papal Bulls to Red Bull – it does give you wings!”

Pope and Drummer Boy to debate presence of animals at nativity; CNN’s Candy-Cane Crowley to moderate

In his new book Pope Benedict XVI claims that there were no animals present at the nativity. According to the pope’s research, there is also no evidence in the Gospels that the cattle and other animals traditionally pictured gathered around the manger were actually present. – CNN Yet the Little Drummer Boy clearly states thatContinue reading “Pope and Drummer Boy to debate presence of animals at nativity; CNN’s Candy-Cane Crowley to moderate”