Pope Francis Condemns ‘Abominable Cruelty’ Of Brussels Attacks

Pope Francis spoke out against the Brussels attacks Wednesday, urging the world to unite in condemning the brutal terrorist attack. According to Reuters, the 79-year-old pontiff said those responsible for the attacks were blinded by “cruel fundamentalism.” “I appeal to…

Pope Francis Busts A Record Previously held by David Beckham — A Million Instagram Followers In 12 Hours

Pope Francis’ new Instagram account hit one million followers within 12 hours of being launched on Saturday, breaking a record previously held by David Beckham. The Pontiff’s account was launched with a photo of him — not a selfie —…

Ecatepec, Mexico Welcomes Pope Francis Amidst Drug Violence, Kidnappings, and Gang Activity

Ecatepec, Mexico welcomed Pope Francis on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people–many of whom were on foot and clad in white–gathered in hopes of catching a glimpse of the pontiff. Pope Francis was bringing a message of hope and peace…

Mark Wahlberg Couldn’t Get A Laugh Out Of The Pope

Mark Wahlberg reportedly tried out a little comedy routine onstage at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia over the weekend, where Pope Francis held court, and while he got some laughs from the audience he wasn’t able to elicit…

Kim Davis Switches Political Parties, Now A Republican–Receives Support from Pope Francis

Kim Davis is no longer a Democrat. The Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licensea for gay and/or lesbian couples has switched political parties and is now a Republican. “She has come to the conclusion that the Democratic…

Jackie Evancho to Sing for Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Jackie Evancho, the 15-year-old classical crossover singer said to have the “voice of an angel” will use her God-given talent to perform for Pope Francis in Philadelphia on Saturday evening. “I never even dreamt of seeing the pope, so I…

Lidia Bastianich Serves Pope Francis Humble Fare

Lidia Bastianich, with the help of fellow restaurateur Angelo Vivolo, was tasked with a huge responsibility for the past few days. Best known for Lidia’s Italy and other PBS shows, as well as her Manhattan flagship restaurant Felidia, Lidia Bastianich…

Sandra Lee Receives Blessing from Pope Francis

Sandra Lee, the Food Network star who recently underwent her second surgery for cancer, received a special blessing for her continued good health (she is now cancer free) from Pope Francis. The pope was blessing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo,…

Andrea Bocelli To Perform For The Pope

Andrea Bocelli and Juanes are scheduled to perform for Pope Francis on September 26th. The event will take place at the World Meeting of Families in Philidelphia where Andrea Bocelli will be a main performer. Andrea Bocelli and Juanes will…

Andrea Bocelli, Juanes to Join Philadelphia Orchestra in Performance for Pope Francis

Andrea Bocelli and Juanes will join the Philadelphia Orchestra in performing for Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in September. The pope is traveling to the U.S. to attend the World Meeting of Families there on September 26th. This…

Pope Francis Gets Castro to Go to Church

Wouldn’t it be funny if the history of relations between the United States and Cuba were bookended in history by two Catholics? On the one end, there is the Cuban Missile Crisis standoff that featured President John F. Kennedy. On…

Pope Francis’ Old iPad Sells for $30K at Auction

An old iPad, once owned by Internet-lover Pope Francis, has fetched a sizable sum at a local charity auction. Reuters reports that the iPad was sold for $30,500 on Tuesday. All the proceeds will go to a school for the…

Pope Francis To Visit Sarajevo To Promote Peace

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he is planning a one-day trip to Sarajevo on June 6th. Pope Francis made the announcement to tens of thousands of faithful that were gathered for his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square.…

Pope Francis Targeted by ISIS Terrorists?

Italy’s Il Tempo newspaper reported on Monday that Pope Francis is a target of the Islamic State militant group. According to the article, Israeli sources believe that Pope Francis is “in the crosshairs of the ISIS” as the “greatest exponent…

Pope Francis Ready to Let Priests Marry?

The question was originally asked when Pope Francis was first installed as Pontiff: Might this be the man to lead the Church away from a celibate priesthood? Pope Francis certainly has tackled some issues that many Catholics have been eager…

Nun Wins ‘Voice’ Contest in Italy

One of the biggest goals of Pope Francis in his brief popedom thus far has been to get the Catholic Church closer to the average person, prompting church officials to “go out into the streets”. Francis’s message resonated with Sister…

Pope Francis Stresses Peace During Holy Land Visit

Monday wrapped up the end of an arduous, three day trip to the Holy Land for Pope Francis, only the fourth such trip by a pope since the inception of the Catholic church some 2,000 years ago. Before embarking on…

The Pope’s Not Joining Facebook, It’s Just Too Abusive

The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God – Pope Francis, January 2014 Well, maybe not Facebook. The Pope (the Pope’s Vatican social media team) does have a…

Christiano Ronaldo on TIME’s ‘Most Influential’ List

FIFA soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is featured this year in TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and joins other influentials like Pope Francis, Barack Obama and pop icon Beyoncé on this year’s list. There were only five…

Pope Francis Canonizes Two Pontiffs

Pope Francis named two distinctive papal predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, as saints before a congregation of hundreds of thousands of witnesses in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday, during an unprecedented service that was attended…