Should you care about what’s going on at the Vatican? It seems clear that you should pray for the pope and for the people making important decisions about the church’s governance, but should you follow the updates about hirings and firings, exhortations and motu proprios?
Colleen Dulle, host of America’s podcast “Inside the Vatican,” will tell you why paying attention to the Vatican regularly could become a spiritual practice and put the headlines you see about the church in context.
In Signs of the Times, we look back at Pope Francis’ trip to Morocco (his third visit to a Muslim-majority nation since his trip to Egypt in 2017), ask why were there Catholic priests burning Harry Potter books in Poland and give our initial thoughts and reflections on Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation on young people and the church, “Christ Lives.” Oh, and we wade into the Legging Wars underway at the University of Notre Dame.
You may have heard, we’re celebrating our 100th episode this month with a live event featuring James Martin, S.J., and Kirsten Powers. You can buy tickets here. If cost is a prohibitive factor, we have complimentary tickets available thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Catholic Travel Centre. Just send me an email if you’d like one.
Links from the show:
Solidarity on Tap
Our Live Show!Pope Francis celebrates largest Mass in the history of Morocco
Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland
Northern Ireland soccer fans face ban after filmed singing anti-Catholic song
Woman Begs World to Shield Her 4 Catholic Sons From Legging-Clad Butts
Pope signs Apostolic Exhortation to young people
What’s on Tap?
Not much. Lent is feeling extra long.
Correction (May 1, 2019): This podcast and an earlier version of this write up incorrectly stated the number of papal trips Pope Francis has taken to Muslim-majority nations. His apostolic journey to Morocco was his third since his trip to Egypt in 2017, not his third overall.