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Merry Christmas and Blessings to one and all

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“When it snows,

you have two choices:

shovel or make snow angels”

“May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, and the unity of our nation, renew your spirits this festive season.

Merry Christmas to your family. ‘Tis the season to wish one another joy and love and peace.” 



Pope Francis announces Women as Deacons


Huge Announcement

Pope Francis   Commission Women as Deacons  


Breaking news from the Vatican: “After intense prayer and mature reflection, His Holiness has decided to set up the Commission to Study the diaconate of women.”8561201931_e1a4d5eeb6_z


Pope Francis salutes Dorothy Day

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Pope Francis mentioned Dorothy Day in his speech ( See Full Text of Papal Speech Here)


“Sen. Bernie Sanders  was the lone Democratic presidential hopeful — and the only Jewish contender — in the House chamber for Pope Francis’s speech. When he left, he was beaming, as the Pope had cited an American Catholic whom Sanders had plenty of praise for.

“The name Dorothy Day has not been used in the United States Congress terribly often,” said Sanders in a short interview.

“She was a valiant fighter for workers, was very strong in her belief for social justice, and I think it was extraordinary that he cited her as one of the most important people in recent American history. This would be one of the very, very few times that somebody as radical as Dorothy Day was mentioned.”


The Pope Said:

In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.

How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world! How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.


DOROTHY DAY Quotes: Here

“As for ourselves, yes, we must be meek, bear injustice, malice, rash judgment. We must turn the other cheek, give up our cloak, go a second mile.”

We cannot build up the idea of the apostolate of the laity without the foundation of the liturgy.

We are the nation the most powerful, the most armed and we are supplying arms and money to the rest of the world where we are not ourselves fighting. We are eating while there is famine in the world.

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Old Boys Club – aka Rome’s Red Hat Society- grumbling at Pope Francis

Cardinal BurkeThe “Conservative Rebellion” is taking on many guises — in public comments, yes, but also in the rising popularity of conservative Catholic Web sites promoting Francis dissenters;


books and promotional materials backed by conservative clerics seeking to counter the liberal trend; and leaks to the news media, aimed at Vatican reformers. Get a grip…


Pope Francis has done more to raise interest and positive press for the Catholic Church…

while re-igniting and re-kindling interest by Collapsed Catholics who gave upon the Church decades ago…


The Big Story: The Nuns Story…on the Rode again?


AP – The Big Story

“A much-anticipated Vatican report on U.S. women’s religious orders, which was ordered under Pope Benedict XVI, will be released Tuesday in Rome — and its contents will be closely watched for any sign of changed relations between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and nuns under Pope Francis.

The study is one of two separate Vatican inquiries of American nuns that angered many Catholic sisters, who considered the reviews an attempt to bring them more under the authority of the all-male church leadership. Some sisters would not fill out the study’s questionnaire or participate in on-site interviews.

The other investigation, by the Vatican’s guardian of orthodoxy, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was released in 2012. It focused narrowly on the major umbrella organization for sisters, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and concluded the organization had strayed from church doctrine and had to change. The Vatican appointment of an archbishop as overseer for the Leadership Conference prompted an outpouring of support for the sisters from the American public….”


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From AP,

Annulments – no longer a college admissions length essay and expensive beyond belief

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Pope Francis said the church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit.
“Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don’t favor [justice], and people give up,” the pope said. “Mother church should do justice and say: ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is null. No, your marriage is valid.’ But justice means saying so. That way, they can move on without this doubt, this darkness in their soul.”

The pope made his remarks Tuesday in a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers enrolled in a course offered by the Roman Rota, the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments.

Pope Francis said participants at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family had expressed a desire to “streamline the process” of judging requests for annulments, and he noted that he had recently established a special commission to do so.”

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The Vatican cleans up monetary mayhem? A clean sweep

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It will take more than Clorox, Comet, Ajax, Brawny, 409, Tide, Cheer, and Off! to do the job.

Pope Francis made a clean sweep, and has been getting the Vatican Bank in shape…

Gone are the avaricious and greedy  – Pope Francis has hired the Big Guns, including:

  •  Ernst & Young to  scrutinize Vatican property holdings
  • KPMG is bringing Vatican accountancy systems up to international standards
  • McKinsey is reforming its media operations: TV, radio and a newspaper
  • Deloitte will advise on management


See the Outstanding The New York Times article Cleaning up the Vatican


“Quite rightly Pope Francis made reform of the Vatican Bank one of his first priorities. Within days of becoming pope he stripped the bank’s five supervisory cardinals of their $42,000 annual stipend. In a sermon at a Mass for bank staff he pointedly described their organization as “necessary up to a certain point.” He demanded tighter accounting, better reporting practices and enhanced internal controls. Ten months later, unhappy with progress, he dismissed all but one of the five cardinals in January. He also replaced the F.I.A.’s president with an archbishop with a track record of reform within the Vatican bureaucracy.”


Three Cheers for Pope Francis – Mr Clean wins the game…


Can’t Imagine a world without Nuns? Pope agrees


Francis: Church without nuns ‘unimaginiable’

NCR Staff  |  Feb. 2, 2014The Francis Chronicles

From Vatican Radio:

Pope Francis on Sunday highlighted the great value that nuns bring to the Church. “What would happen” – the Pope said – “if there were no nuns? No nuns in hospitals, in missions, in charitable institutions, in schools… Can you even imagine a Church without nuns…? No it is unthinkable!”.

And speaking on the day in which we celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life, the Pope said that nuns are great women. He said “they are a gift, the leaven that carries the message of Christ”. “These women – he said – are great!”

The Pope’s words came before the Sunday recitation of the Angelus in St Peter’s Square, after having presided over Mass in the Basilica on the Feast Day of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, a Feast which is traditionally dedicated to Consecrated Life.imagesdemocratssss

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