The second papal interview! The Pope: how the Church will change Dialogue between Francis and La Repubblica's founder, Eugenio Scalfari: "Starting from the Second Vatican Council, open to modern culture". The conversation in the Vatican after the Pope's letter to La Repubblica. Although a better English translation of the interview is offered HERE. If you want a quick 15 quotes have a look HERE.
And for those who may be a little unsteady on their feet from all this papal turbulence, Fr Z offers some words of wisdom. John Thavis gives his take on it HERE and Rocco over at Whispers also has a run down on it.
Miracles of modern science have robbed us of the dignified death - The Irish Examiner
Breaking the habit of her youth - an alternative to the misery-lit we get for former nuns and sisters
Papayas, Kalashnikovs, the rosary: The world of one Vatican diplomat - Imagine every time you wanted to go outside you needed to give 72 hours advanced notice and then be escorted by guards “armed to the teeth,” toting Kalashnikovs and making you look “like someone arrested and taken to prison.” And because you’re caged up inside your residence, which luckily(?) is also where you work, you switch the TV on to soccer matches when you do your daily treadmill run so you can imagine that you’re free, dashing across that open field.
Pope Francis’ white rose - Bergoglio, who has always considered the flower a “sign” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and of her intercession, received one out of the blue, the day after the peace vigil for Syria.
Sr Louise reflects on St. Therese, Pope Francis and the white rose!
For once, an exposé that helps the Vatican bank - Steamy magazine exposés are rarely good news for the people or institutions featured in them. That's probably especially true for the troubled Vatican bank, which over the years has been the church's premier magnet for conspiracy theories and scandals of every imaginable sort. On Friday, however, the bank finally caught a break.
Timothy Radcliffe OP writes on his reaction to Pope Francis interview with the Jesuit journals - A New Way of Being Church
The Danger of Good Popes
Pope Francis on the Christian presence in the mass media: walking at the same pace as your fellow pilgrim
Pope to canonize Blessed John XXIII, John Paul II April 27
Pope Benedict challenges atheist, says he never hid abuse cases
Life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get!
From the Irish Dominicans - first off a new blog on the rosary HERE and also their latest edition of Dominican Connect news letter which features photos from the vestitions and professions in Cork during the month of September, the principal message is on the front page, also in the form of a picture, showing the large group of men in formation with the Irish Dominicans - 19 to be exact. There is also news of a Franciscan profession, advance notice of the St Martin de Porres novenas in their churches and the 770th anniversary of the arrival of the Dominicans in Tralee. The featured friar is Fr Tom Lawson OP, a native of Dundalk and at present living in their mission in Trinidad.
You might have heard a bit about this Group of Eight Cardinals meeting with Pope - some background and explanation who they are and their advisory role to the Pope HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE
Our own Bishop Brendán was in Rome recently for his induction as a newbie bishop and met Il Papa!
Nuala O Loan reflects on Pope Francis interview and how People want pastors not bureaucrats