The Pope’s “Humanum” Conference: An Interview with Dr. Helen Alvaré


Many Christians are buzzing about an exciting new conference that will be held at the Vatican from November 17-19. It’s called “Humanum” and it will bring together dozens of religious leaders from around the world—including several Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim leaders—to discuss the meaning of marriage, specifically its grounding on the complementarity of man and woman.

Here’s a beautiful video trailer for the event, featuring the voice of Dr. Peter Kreeft:

“The Joy of the Gospel” Book Giveaway!


“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.

Thanks to Image Books, today I’m giving away TEN copies of the new deluxe hardcover edition of Pope Francis’ The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium).


Fioretti: The Little Flowers of Pope Francis (Ignatius Press, 2014)

Almost a thousand years ago, God commanded St. Francis, ‘Rebuild my Church.’ And through a collection of stories, sayings, and colorful anecdotes—the original Little Flowers—we discovered how St. Francis did it. Andrew Tornielli introduces those same flowery scents, hints of the aroma of Christ, wafting throughout Pope Francis’ first year. His new book is full of memorable anecdotes and insightful reflections, which will help you sense the fragrance of this new Francis.

Pope Francis LIVE on YouTube with Students from Five Continents

This morning, at 10:45am ET, Pope Francis hosted a Live Google Hangout on YouTube where he spoke with children from five continents.

(If you missed the live stream, just click above to view the archived video.)

This first-ever live video chat between youth and the Holy Father lasted about twenty minutes. It was hosted by Scholas Occurentes, a global network of schools and educational institutions launched by Pope Francis last year through the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

According to their website, Scholas Occurentes is “an education entity…where technology, arts and sports are used to encourage social integration and the culture of encounter”.

While there was no set agenda for the live chat conversation, the Pope conversed casually, mostly in Spanish, with five young people, each representing a different continent.