Monday, June 29: Opening Day for Vatican’s New Secretariat for Communications

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We knew that Pope Francis was planning a reorganization of the Vatican's wide-reaching communications offices. The nine-member Council of Cardinals, which includes Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, had recommended an overhaul. I expressed puzzlement about it here, and I questioned how the reorganization would affect bloggers here; but I have to admit:  the sprawl caused by new media, from television to radio to print media to the new media giants Facebook and Twitter (including the Pope's Twitter … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ Energetic Schedule for His First U.S. Trip – UPDATED

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Wow, there's a lot happening on September 22-27, when Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States! The Washington Post offered an exclusive look at the preliminary schedule--with the disclaimer that things could change, this is not the "official" schedule. In fact, even after the Vatican releases the itinerary later this week, there could be last-minute changes. Here it is, though--the itinerary, as of this writing:Wednesday, September 23Breakfast at the White H … [Read more...]

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“Be Tender, As God Is Tender,” Pope Francis Tells Priests

Pope Francis in March 2013.  presidencia.gov.ar [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Leave the whip behind in the sanctuary,” Pope Francis told clergy gathered this week for retreat at the Roman Basilica of St. John Lateran. He challenged bishops, priests and deacons to mirror the tenderness of God in their ministries. They are called, the pope explained, to a ministry of tenderness which is “a divine grace.”Speaking about the tenderness of God, the pope recalled Deuteronomy 24—explaining that God, while acknowledging that men's hearts are hardened, nonetheless regards them … [Read more...]

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