In case you missed the coverage of Pope Francis’s Christmas speech to the Curia, here are just a few of the headlines that it produced:

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican’s Bureaucrats : The Two-Way : NPR.

Pope warns Curia against ‘spiritual diseases’ | Crux.

Pope issues scathing critique of Vatican bureaucracy in pre-Christmas meeting | National Catholic Reporter.

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This is what I am really loving about Pope Francis. He doesn’t worry about the bureaucracy or playing nice and leaving things as is; If he see something that needs to get fixed, he tells us. Continue reading Christmas Speech by Pope Francis

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The song Hallelujah is one of my all time favorite songs. I first heard it on Jeff Buckley’s album Grace years ago. Since then, I have heard many variations of it performed by a variety of artists from Lenard Cohen (the original writer) to Justin Timberlake, to A-Capella groups and even in the movie Shrek.

However, I just found this version from the group Cloverton. They change up the lyrics (which always had a very spiritual feel to it) to tell the story of Christ’s birth.

Here is their version:

Here is my favorite version from Jeff Buckley

Have a wonderful Christmas season everyone.


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Being a convert to Catholicism I have learned a lot over the past 14 years and even more these past few months of owning Discount Catholic Products. However, one of the things that I’ve always understood is the importance that the Pope has in the Catholic Faith. He is not just the leader of the one billion plus Catholics, but is seen as one of the moral leaders of the world.

While I took an interest in the election of Pope Benedict XVI, I was even more intrigued a year ago Continue reading Celebrating One Year of Pope Francis

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Let us pray that this is the beginning of peace and that thy cycle of violence that has taken the lives of so many innocents and has kept many more from making a pilgrimage to the holy land can come to an end.


“More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it. That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God.” – Pope Francis


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In March, to celebrate Pope Francis’s first year as Pope, we decided to donate 5% of all sales to two different organizations: The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti and Catholic Charities USA.

One of the main reasons we picked the St. Luke Foundation is two-fold. First, the work that they are doing to try and help out some of the poorest areas in the world is wonderful. Additionally, one of our owners has spent time in Haiti volunteering with the St. Luke organization there and has seen first hand the work that they have been doing.

Thank you for those who helped support this and all of the charities out there that are helping those who have less each and every day.


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