It started quietly and with a degree of cautiousness but by the end of the weekend the internet was flowing with stories of the miracle in the presence of Pope Francis.
VIDEO Some stories used quotes around ‘miracle’
‘Miracle’ Proclaimed as Saint’s Blood Liquefies in the Presence of Pope Francis
From the UK:
Pope Francis ‘Miracle’ Sees Blood Of Patron Saint Januarius Half Liquify During Naples Visit Some stories inexplicably claimed that the pope was being credited with a miracle
Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies
From The Guardian:
Pope Francis’s half-miracle: why he’ll need more than that to become a saint Some Catholic sources
For the first time in over 150 years — Blood of St. Januarius liquefies during Francis’ visit to Naples
The Catholic Spirit:
Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis
The Church has never formally pronounced one way or the other on the miracle but does allow for veneration of the relic.
A woman and her co-workers prayed over a meal at a diner in North Carolina. When it was time for the check she found that she had received a “praying in public” discount. As any sane modern person would do, she posted the receipt on Facebook and it became a viral phenomenon.
Screen shot of the Orlando radio station’s Facebook post that shared the receipt.
It’s taken over profile pics everywhere. What does it mean?
In the tradition of stealing pejorative words and symbols from the opposition it is now being used in solidarity with the Christians in Iraq who are being forced out of their homes.
Mark Shea over at Patheos has a short explanation: It Stands for “Nazarene”
There is also a story at National Review Online: A Christian Genocide Symbolized by One Letter
As people all over the internet are claiming to have predicted, the final of this year’s World Cup will be contested by the home countries of our two living popes. This is far too tempting to pass up!
Here is a sampling of what’s out there:
A little over a year after Matt Birk and the Baltimore Ravens emerged victorious in the Super Bowl, Matt will be back home in the Twin Cities signing copies of his new book All-Pro Wisdom.
Birk, a former player for the Minnesota Vikings and graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul is a committed Catholic and active in the pro-life, pro-marriage and religious freedom movements.
When: 10:30 – Noon, February 8
Where: St. Patrick’s Guild
154 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Matt Birk: NFL great, faithful Catholic and . . . author
Super Bowl champ speaks to men about defending faith
Faith on fire – Archdiocesan Youth Day draws 1,600
Video and Photos: Minnesotans rally for religious freedom
Pro athletes thankful for life lessons learned in CAA
This year, to mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the USCCB has made available four different ways to engage in a novena for life:
App for iPhone or Android
Daily text messages
Online novena page
To sign up for any or all of these, visit the
The USCCB also has a
People of Life Facebook page which includes a 9 Days for Life event page.
More about 9 Days for Life
9 Days for Life: Get your information here! Kathy Schneeman on what’s going on locally
A day to march for the unborn and a culture of life Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville, Ky on the pro-life efforts of the Church nationally
Nine days of prayer part of Roe v. Wade anniversary General information from Catholic News Service
This story was all over the internet. Here are a couple of videos:
A child walks near Pope Francis as he addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 26. The pope addressed an estimated 100,000 people taking part in a Year of Faith celebration of family life. CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters
Apparently Pope Francis is calling people in Italy. He’s not having his people make the call mind you. He’s just picking up the phone and making a personal call.
‘Hello, it’s Pope Francis’: Italian teenager gets surprise phone call (Telegraph)
So what do you say if you get the call?
Telephone etiquette for ‘the cold-call pope’ (NCR)