from The Great Debate:

How Pope Francis can win back the West and secure his church’s future

September 21, 2015

Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican April 3, 2013.
REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

from Photographers' Blog:

Keeping the faith

January 13, 2014

Manila, Philippines

By Bobby Ranoco

Covering the grand procession of the Jesus of the Black Nazarene is not easy, even though I do it annually. Every year on January 9, millions of devotees crowd the streets as a life-sized, dark, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross is brought through Manila’s old city.

from John Lloyd:

A humble pope in an august office

June 25, 2013

The most potent symbol to date of Pope Francis’ five-month papacy is an empty chair. The chair -- a large white throne -- was to seat His Holiness in the Vatican this past Saturday. The pope was scheduled to hear a performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony, a long-planned event. But minutes before the performance Archbishop Rino Fisichella told the audience that “the Holy Father cannot be present because of an urgent piece of work which cannot be postponed.”

from John Lloyd:

A church married to the wrong side of history

January 4, 2013

After the attack on the Twin Towers in September 2001, the evangelical preacher Jerry Falwell took some time to tell his fellow Americans that homosexuals (along with abortionists, feminists and pagans) were at least in part to blame. “I point my finger in their face,” he said, “and say, ‘You helped this happen.’”