Quote of the Day: Philomena Lee

“You can’t go through life being so unyielding; you got to forgive.”

– Philomena Lee, whose story is the basis for the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena,” on whether she’s angry with the Catholic Church, after meeting Pope Francis.

Quote of the Day: Bernice King

“As Mark 8:36 teaches, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”  Our Father MUST be turning in his grave.”

– Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on her brothers’ desire to sell her father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Quote of the Day: Marketing expert Peter Sealey

“Today, the Catholic Church has 1.2 billion members, and so does Facebook, in just 10 years.”

– Peter Sealey, former marketing director at Coca-Cola and Columbia Pictures who has served on Facebook’s board of advisers. He was quoted by USA Today.

Quote of the Day: Stripper Francesco Lombardi

“It was fun. A sort of mixing of the holy and the profane.”

– Self-proclaimed “world champion stripper” Francesco Lombardi, after his parrot, Amore, was blessed by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. He was quoted by ANSA.

Quote of the Day: Pastor Chris Douglas

“They made it sound like we were animals, which is the furthest from the truth. Obviously we were amped up because we care for him so much, but nobody called anybody names, nobody made any threats. The real threat is putting an innocent man behind bars.”

– Chris Douglas, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, Mo., who is fighting to allow members of the church to attend the sentencing of a parishioner who was convicted of armed robbery. Prosecutors have asked to ban church members from the hearing after they were disruptive at previous hearings. He was quoted by The Post-Dispatch.

Quote of the Day: Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi

“Unfortunately, the article discredits itself by slipping into the usual mistake of superficial journalism: in order to highlight the positive aspects of Pope Francis, it throw’s Pope Benedict’s papacy into a bad light, and it does this with a shocking level of coarseness. A shame, really.”

– The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s chief spokesman, on the Rolling Stone cover story about Pope Francis.

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“Well, you’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord?”

– Pope Francis, in his daily homily at the Vatican

Quote of the Day: Comedian Bill Maher

“I combined apathy and atheist, and I came up with apatheist. I don’t know what happens when I die, and I don’t care.”

– Comedian Bill Maher, in an interview with The Atlantic.

Quote of the Day: Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee

“They are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”

– Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, addressing the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, on the message that Democrats send to women. He was quoted by The Washington Post.

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“There is no other word for it: the divisions between Christians are a scandal.”

– Pope Francis, in a general audience to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.