A poll released by Pew today said
more than eight in 10 U.S. Catholics says they have a "favorable" view of Pope Francis, with five out of 10 saying their view is "very favorable." But, the summary said: "despite the pope’s popularity and the widespread perception that he is a change for the better, it is less clear whether there has been a so-called “Francis effect,” a discernible change in the way American Catholics approach their faith." Lots of fascinating information there.
John Allen, now at the Boston Globe, analyzes Pope Francis' most recent interview
-- this one with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. (English translation can be found here.
In a meeting with priests,
Pope Francis shares anecdotes, and talks about mercy and hearing confession.
In Ukraine, the bishop of Crimea, tied in Lent with the current political crisis
in the Eastern European country.
An agreement between Catholic Charities and restaurants in the Pittsburgh area
means that participating locations will donate a portion of its proceeds, earned through April 17, to the organization.
ICYMI: Pope Francis, in his Ash Wednesday homily yesterday
, said: "With its calls to conversion, Lent comes providentially to rouse us, to shake us from our torpor, from the risk of moving forward [merely] by inertia. The exhortation that the Lord speaks to us through the prophet Joel is loud and clear: "Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12)."
In his General Audience
yesterday, the pope emphasized that Lent should be a time of change and conversion in our lives.
Before watching this video
(via the Deacon's Bench
), grab a tissue. Seriously.
On our blog, Russell Shaw writes on Lent and the Purple Monster.
You won't want to miss it.
Finally, how is the second day of Lent coming? Keeping up your resolutions? Adding prayer? OSV has SO MANY resources for Lent right at your fingertips to help you on your journey.
Don't miss them.
Have a wonderful day!
Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.