November 2013

Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium. It is his first apostolic exhortation, and it is devoted to the theme of the new evangelization. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) What does “Evangelii Gaudium” mean? It’s Latin for “The Joy of the Gospel.”   […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 10 November to 24 November 2013. Angelus 17 November 2013 – Angelus General Audiences 17 November 2013 – General Audience Homilies 24 November 2013 – For the conclusion of the Year of Faith on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, […]

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There are passages in the Bible that speak of the dead as if they are asleep. As a result, some Christians have adopted a view known as “soul sleep,” which holds that we are not conscious between our death and resurrection. This would mean that the intercession of the saints would go out the window. […]

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Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st. Most of us have an intuitive understanding of Advent, based on experience, but what do the Church’s official documents actually say about Advent? Here are some of the basic questions and (official!) answers about Advent. Some of the answers are surprising! Here we go . . .   1. What Is […]

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The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is upon us. John F. Kennedy was the first—and so far only—American president to be Catholic. He was not a particularly good Catholic. His policy on Church-state relations has been widely faulted as contributing to the marginalization of religion in American society. But nobody deserves to be gunned down in the […]

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Jimmy appears on Catholic Answers Live in this episode of the podcast and answers these questions: Do our souls go to sleep when we die? (3:00-8:25) How to deal with an anti-Catholic husband? (11:45-19:35) How to interpret 1 John 3:9? (19:40-24:53) What does Scripture have to say about Tradition? (27:50-33:45) Are the differences in the […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 31 October to 16 November 2013. Angelus 10 November 2013 General Audiences 13 November 2013 Speeches 31 October 2013 – To members of St Peter’s Circle 8 November 2013 – To participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Supreme Tribunal of […]

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The Catholic Church associates the image of fire with the final purification known as purgatory. Why does it do this? Is there a scriptural basis for this image? Also, what kind of fire is this? In past centuries, many theologians have speculated that it might be a form of material fire. Although that has been […]

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Many people are wondering what will happen at the end of the current investigation of Medjugorje. As a result, they’re trying to figure out what attitude Pope Francis takes toward the reported apparitions. On Thursday, Pope Francis made remarks which some people think tipped his hand and revealed his attitude. Here are 10 things to […]

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Steven Moffat has just released a prequel mini-episode to the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special that will be broadcast later this month. It’s titled The Night of the Doctor. WOW! Mini-episodes like this are often interesting and/or amusing, but they are rarely must-see. This one is different. For any long-term Doctor Who fan, this one is must […]

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