Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers – Unpacking #MACongress

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After a week full of weather-related travel delays, the participants of this year’s Mid-Atlantic Congress were thrilled to arrive in Baltimore. The event opened on the afternoon of March 7, 2013 with a lively introduction and prayer service which set the perfect tone for the days to follow. One interesting feature at this year’s Mid-Atlantic [Read More...]

Unpacking the Mid-Atlantic Congress

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been — like most of you — in a whirlwind of Catholic news and my own busyness. While the eyes of the world were on the Conclave, election and installation of Pope Francis, I wanted to concentrate most of my blogging here on keeping up with that news. But [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the Priesthood and the Eucharist

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From EWTN comes this short video footage, where — as Cardinal Bergoglio — he comments on the role of the priesthood and the beauty of the Holy Eucharist: I love his comments on the laity, the faithful, in the participation of the Eucharist and his excited plea to young men to consider the beauty of [Read More...]

Forgiveness without Fail

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I wanted to share a quick post and Father Roderick’s video from today’s Angelus, Pope Francis’ visit with all of us globally today to remind us of the theme of God’s unfailing forgiveness for his people. In his video, Father Roderick captures both the sense of love the throngs in St. Peter’s Square have for [Read More...]

Following Papa Francisco’s Lead: 5 Easy Ways to Love the Poor in Honor of His Pontificate

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I’ve spent the past few days falling in love with our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. As a saint fangirl, I joined many in those first few hours of speculation over “which Francis” our new Pope was honoring with his name selection. While we now know that he took his name for St. Francis of [Read More...]

Pope Francis Mania – Relive the Joy of the Moment in St. Peter’s Square

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This video from Fr. Roderick Vonhogen of SQPN is seriously MUST WATCH. Along with being a great capture of the actual moment of the white smoke from the ground in St. Peter’s Square, you’ll experience the sense of awe of Pope Francis’ first few moments, and the incredible joy of a terrific crowd of young [Read More...]

Ignatius Press’ Jesuit Fr. Fessio on Pope Francis

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From the Founder and Publisher of Ignatius Press, Father Joseph Fessio — himself a Jesuit — comes the following commentary: “It is a brilliant stroke of the Holy Spirit that completely faked out the media (and me too, I have to say). A son of Ignatius takes the name of Francis. A man of Old [Read More...]

Pope Francis, Not Pope Francis I

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Per the Vatican’s News Facebook presence: There had also been initial speculation regarding “for which St. Francis?” Pope Francis took his name. Also from the Vatican News Facebook page we learn: The 265th Successor of Peter (and 266th Pope) has taken the name Francis after Saint Francis who was born in Assisi, an Umbrian hilltop [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on Pope Francis and the Conclave

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Take a few moments this morning and enjoy this video of Cardinal Dolan’s press conference yesterday, unpacking the Conclave and sharing his impressions of Pope Francis. In this Reuters article, I love Cardinal Dolan’s summation: “There is a sense of relief in all of us because we now have a good new shepherd,” Dolan said. [Read More...]

Habemus Papam: Fantastic Firsthand Footage from Seminarians in Rome “Brothers in Black”

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I have loved the Brothers in Black for quite some time, but now I’m even more enamored after sharing today’s excitement with them via this firsthand video of the smoke, the waiting, the prayer, the announcement and the great joy of welcoming Pope Francis. Enjoy — and share! This video needs to go viral! [Read more...]


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