Posts Tagged ‘Robert Mickens’

Hope for decent English Roman Missal translation

Monday, October 11th, 2021
authenticam ironiam

Life is full of ironies. And life in the Church is no different. In fact, this past week we just witnessed a bit of irony that stretched right across the Atlantic Ocean, though most people seem to have missed it. On October 4, as English Archbishop Arthur Roche had just finished giving his first major Read more

Pope Francis moves into high gear racing against time and internal opposition

Monday, September 27th, 2021
Pope Francis moves into high gear

Age and illness have not taken the wind out of Pope Francis’ sails. Despite major intestinal surgery last July and his upcoming 85th birthday in December, the Italo-Argentine pope — amazingly! — is showing absolutely no signs that he’s slowing down or planning to close up shop anytime soon. His recent four-day visit to Budapest, Read more

Homeless visit hospitalised pope to pray and say thanks

Monday, July 12th, 2021
people pray for pope

On July 9, more than 20 homeless people from Palazzo Migliorie near the Vatican came to the Gemelli General Hospital to pray for and express their gratitude to the Pope. ‘Palazzo Migliori’ is the building where they live and it is a gift from the Pope for people with no home or place to stay. Read more

Pope’s new Catechist ‘lay’ ministry to backfire

Monday, May 17th, 2021

While the pope’s announcement of Antiquum ministerium – the new Rite of Institution of the Lay Catechist has made many people happy, others are finding it perplexing and likely to backfire. “Just who are the laity in a church of priestly people” asks Robert Mickens, writing his weekly Letter from Rome column in La Croix Read more

Time to take personal responsibility for our faith

Thursday, March 25th, 2021
take responsibility for faith

Now is the time to take personal responsibility and begin living our faith, writes Robert Mickens, Editor in Chief of La Croix International. In his weekly Letter from Rome entitled ‘Blessing and Curses’, Mickens says, “We do not have to wait for permission. “The Church is vaster and much more diversified than we sometimes want Read more

Pope’s Instagram ‘liked’ Brazilian model

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Pope’s Instagram model

The Vatican is seeking an explanation from Instagram on how the pope’s official Instagram account ‘liked’ a photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model. Pope Francis’ account “liked” the picture of Natalia Garibotto, who was dressed up in a school uniform of sorts. The image has since been ‘unliked’ by the account. “We can exclude Read more

Francis’ sacking of Cardinal Becciu called “a shocker”

Monday, September 28th, 2020
becciu

A cardinal sacked by Pope Francis says he is “devastated,” he did not commit any crimes and has had no communication with the Vatican magistrates. Cardinal Angelo Becciu called his downfall “surreal.” Becciu, former ‘substitute’ (No 2) at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and until Friday, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Read more

The Mass has ended… but

Monday, April 6th, 2020
Catholic women

The whole world is now infected. The coronavirus continues to circle the globe, bringing the usual rhythms of life and commerce to an almost total standstill. The pandemic caught most countries and their people completely off-guard and unprepared. And many are already saying that this global crisis will force all of us to radically re-think Read more

Catholics still don’t get it: sexual abuse is not about sex

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Catholic women

We continue to hear of incidents that more than suggest that Catholics – and, in particular, their bishops – have learned very little from the clergy sexual abuse crisis. This is quite alarming and depressing because the Church in North America has been dealing with issues regarding priests who abuse children and teenagers for at Read more

The shadow pontificate is drawing to a close

Monday, February 10th, 2020
Catholic women

It was only a matter of time. Pope Francis has finally lost his patience and gotten rid of Archbishop Georg Ganswein as prefect of the Papal Household. According to the German weekly, Die Tagespost, the pope put the 63-year-old on “indefinite administrative leave.” He did so, the paper said, because of the German prefect’s involvement Read more