Restless Pope Francis keeps On Going

Pope Francis has a prodigious, and deeply admirable, work ethic, but an article in Irish Catholic newspaper questions why the pope might want to consider following the Italian lead for ferragosto and taking a break in mid-August. Generally speaking, Rome goes into near-total hibernation around the month of August; the city empties out, restaurants and shops are closed, TV airs re-runs and basically everyone takes a long nap. The old joke is that only two things move in the Eternal City during this time of August: cani e americani, or “dogs and Americans”..Read More

Marie Collins Joins Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors

Dublin abuse survivor, Marie Collins, now advises Pope Francis on child protection and is a member of the only Vatican commission with direct access to him. Marie got the invitation to join the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors last year and believes it arose from a 2012 Vatican symposium on child protection she attended. She is aware of the commission’s uniqueness. “If you go back 10 years, who would believe the Vatican would invite so many lay people, women and survivors, right into its heart to advise?” she says. Recently, the commission has agreed on an annual Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse….Read More (PDF)