February 2014

If you look at old indulgences (e.g., as found on holy cards from before the 1960s), you’ll find that they often contain a reference to a certain number of “days.” What do those days represent? If you’ve got a 500 days indulgences, what does that mean? Does it mean you get out of purgatory 500 […]

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Among skeptics, Dr. Aaron Adair is sometimes hailed as the “go to” guy on the Star of Bethlehem. He’s even written a book arguing that the Star didn’t exist. Recently, he engaged a post I wrote about the Star of Bethlehem. Here is my reply . . .   First Things First First, you can […]

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The Star of Bethlehem is endlessly fascinating. All kinds of theories about what it was have been proposed. Based on the way Matthew describes it, some have thought it was a supernatural manifestation that led the magi around. Some have even suggested it was a flying saucer. Some have said it was a myth and […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 16 to 22 February 2014. Angelus 16 February 2014 General Audiences 19 February 2014 Homilies 16 February 2014 – Pastoral Visit to the Roman parish “San Tommaso Apostolo” 22 February 2014 – Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals […]

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Both Matthew and Luke contain accounts of Jesus’ infancy. But they don’t describe all the same events. As a result, some have even accused Matthew and Luke of contradicting each other. What’s the true story? Why did they record different events? And can the two be fit together? Here are 6 things to know and […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 7 to 15 February 2014. Angelus 9 February 2014 General Audiences 12 February 2014 Speeches 7 February 2014 – To the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Poland on their ad Limina visit 8 February 2014 – To a group of […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 26 December 2013 to 8 February 2014. Angelus 2 February 2014 General Audiences 5 February 2014 Homilies 2 February 2014 – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – 16th World Day For Consecrated Life Messages 26 December 2013 – Message […]

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It was recently announced that Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz did not burn the private papers of Bl. John Paul II, as was requested in his will. Now they are being published in book form in Poland, and it’s causing quite a stir! It also raises some interesting questions. Here are 14 things to know and share […]

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Jimmy appears on Catholic Answers Live in this episode of the podcast and answers these questions: Why does the book of Baruch not appear in some early lists of the Old Testament canon? Are we sinning if we don’t have a different disposition when praying to Mary and the saints than when praying to God? […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 16 October 2013 to 1 February 2014. Angelus 26 January 2014 General Audiences 29 January 2014 Homilies 19 January 2014 – Homily of the Holy Father during the Pastoral visit to the Roman parish “Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio” […]

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