@Pontifex – Pope Francis’ Vatican Team Tweets

Although I find it unlikely that our new Pope Francis immediately rounded up his iPhone and tweeted personally, I was happy today to see a quick tweet from the official @Pontifex account: It’s terrific to know that the Vatican’s embracing of social media in the New Evangelization will continue. During these busy days ahead, it’s [Read More...]

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Pope Francis – First Pontiff from the Americas — A Jesuit Holy Father

The smoke has cleared and we were just introduced to our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Cardinal Bergolio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a 77 year old Jesuit, has just been introduced to the crowd. Prior to giving his first blessing, Pope Francis prayed together with the crowds in St. Peter’s Square (and virtually around the world) [Read More...]

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White Smoke, Balcony Watch

Just a quick note for my own memory that on the fourth round of voting today, we saw white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney and are now waiting to meet our new Holy Father.  [Read more...]

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That Conclave Chimney Seagull

As we wait, that seagull who sat perched atop the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is getting quite a lot of media attention: A Catholic News Service video of his own: A Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ChimneySeagull and evidence of him trending like crazy on Twitter. and even his own meme: [Read more...]

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Conclave Central: What I’m Watching

The View from My Office Today - Conclave coverage on multiple screens!

My friend Sarah Reinhard just emailed me to ask the simple question: “Who are you watching for Conclave coverage live?” My answer: everyone! Here’s what I shared with her: “You would laugh if you could see my desk. I have Twitter on my main screen, CatholicTV and Salt and Light on my second monitor, EWTN [Read More...]

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Fr. Robert Barron’s Day 4 Conclave Update

Love that we have such wonderful priests covering this moment in history for us! Be sure to take advantage of the easy ability to share this phenomenal videos with family and friends in social media. Youtube Description: After the first “smoke watch,” Father Barron reports on the first day of the conclave— March 12, 2013. [Read More...]

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Early Smoke: Surprise and Confusion on St. Peter’s Square

This awesome video from Fr. Roderick describes the emotions felt in St. Peter’s Square this morning when we had a “smoke sighting” early in the day: In the video, we hear Father speculate that the delay in seeing “white smoke” – an indication of a newly elected Pope — means perhaps the perceived “majority” for [Read More...]

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Black Smoke: My View & Father Roderick’s Too!

It’s clear I won’t be in St. Peter’s Square when our Cardinal electors announce their decision – I’ve decided I’m sort of at peace with that. God has me squarely where he wants me this week. In a way, I have the sensation that it’s actually a bit more simple to watch the events of [Read More...]

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American Pilgrims Find Themselves in Rome for Historic Days

Mountain Butorac, The Catholic Traveler, prepares for media interviews

Among those I’m following in Rome is my friend Mountain Butorac of The Catholic Traveler. Mountain and the pilgrims he’s leading in a trip to the Vatican this week find themselves in the enviable position of being on the ground in St. Peter’s Square during the Conclave. For great photos and firsthand tweets, follow Mountain on [Read More...]

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Extra Omnes – Hasta La Vista, Baby

For anyone who missed this moment at the closing of this morning’s Conclave coverage, this video is “must watch”. Per the wikipedia “list of Latin phrases“, the definition of Extra Omnes: It is issued by the Master of the Papal Liturgical Celebrations before a session of the Papal conclave which will elect a new Pope. [Read More...]

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