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I contributed a few lines to Bob Moynihan's new biography of Pope Francis

Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican has just published a biography of Pope Francis entitled, Pray For Me. When he was writing the book, Robert Moynihan got in touch with The Catholic Herald to request if he could site some lines from the mini-bio that I wrote, the week that Pope Francis became Pope.

The two pieces from the mini-bio that were put into the official biography were: “They had a modest existence, being so thrifty that new clothes were seen as dangerously lavish, not once going on holidays and never owning a car,” writes Mary O’Regan, author of a thoughtful account of the pope’s early life, which appeared in the Catholic Herald on March 22. “They were not poor, but were unassuming upper-working-class Italians who considered themselves very fortunate to have secure housing in Flores, an ordinary suburb of Buenos Aires. Many of Mario Bergoglio’s fellow workers on the railroads would have lived in shantytowns.”

"Father Bergoglio’s six years as a leader in the…

"Women wore huge hats - the reason was that they could hide behind their hats, make eyes at their boyfriends and their chaperone wouldn't be able to see them!"

Over 15 years ago Gretchen Potter started gathering hats as a way to entertain her granddaughters. Now, she has quite the collection of hats that she puts to good use.

Cardinal O'Malley speaks out against abortions for baby girls, advocates adoption and talks about the practical help he has given pregnant women, "My heart is always with women in difficult pregnancies"


BREAKING NEWS: Cardinal O'Malley will not attend the Boston College graduation because they have not withdrawn the invitation to Enda Kenny who is 'aggressively promoting abortion legislation'

Cardinal O'Malley: "Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion a crime against humanity, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies.
Recently I learned that the Prime Minister of Ireland, the Hon. Mr. Enda Kenny was slated to receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s graduation this year. I am sure that the invitation was made in good faith, long before it came to the attention of the leadership of Boston College that Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation.  The Irish Bishops have responded to that development by affirming the Church’s teaching that  “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong” and expressed serious concern that the proposed legislation “represents a dramatic and morally unacce…

Cardinal O’Malley urges Ireland to stand up to abortion lobby

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has urged Ireland to stand up to the “great pressure” it faces to legislate on abortion, saying it should be proud of its pro-life heritage.

His comments came as Irish MPs prepared to vote on legislation that would allow abortion in cases where the mother is deemed at risk of suicide.

The government claims that the legislation will merely provide “legal clarity” for doctors and codify a Supreme Court ruling that allowed abortion in such cases anyway.
But the country’s bishops’ conference have described the proposal as a “dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law” that would “make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland”.

In an exclusive interview with Mary O’Regan in this week’s Catholic Herald Cardinal O’Malley said that changing the law would “encourage” and “condone” abortion.

Cardinal O’Malley said: “Abortion is the taking of an innocent human life; everyone should resist abortion. Ireland has the good…