THE Pope Francis Interview: What Would You Ask?

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By now, the blogosphere is chock full of “takes” on that amazing America Magazine interview with Pope Francis. Major kudos to Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., America’s Editor in Chief (who explains the interview process here), Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. of Civiltà Cattolica, and the entire team behind this groundbreaking 10,000+ word look inside the mind and heart [Read More...]

Pope Francis: The Church is Our Merciful Mother

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From today’s General Audience catechesis with Pope Francis: Video Link During his Audience catechesis Pope Francis returned to the theme of the “Church as our Mother”, by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live and suffer for their children. He noted, that our mothers show us, through their tenderness and love, the correct [Read More...]

Mass of Consolation in Washington D.C.

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From the USCCB: Tuesday, September 17 at 12:10pm EDT Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, District of Columbia In the wake of the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a Mass for Consolation and Healing at St. [Read More...]

Praying for Navy Yard Shooting Victims

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As we watch the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard continue to unfold, let’s pray together for the shooting victims and their loved ones, as well as for the safety of those law enforcement personnel involved in the tragedy. Heavenly Father, we pray for the repose of the souls of those lost in today’s tragedy [Read More...]

Pew: Most Internet Users Have Hidden Our Tracks

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Recently released, a new study from Pew Internet entitled Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online shows that while a majority of respondents would like to remain anonymous online, most of us recognize that such anonymity is increasingly impossible. A few of the study’s key findings: 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or [Read More...]

Bishop Blaire to House: Oppose Cuts for Poor and Hungry

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From the USCCB, news of Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California — chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development — urging the U.S. House of Representatives not to accept a proposed $40 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps: “SNAP helps [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 9/13/13 – Friday Fast: #PrayforPeace

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As we head into the weekend, I hope you’ll take time to catch up on these highlighted tweets from the past week, which again underscore the power of social media to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel and to propel the New Evangelization. Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Future of Society Rooted in Elderly & Youth

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If you’re looking for a bit of motivation heading into the weekend, be sure to read the full text of Pope Francis’ message to the upcoming 47th Social Week for Italian Catholics: In his message, Pope Francis reminded the participants that for the Christian community, the family is much more than a “theme”, but it “is [Read More...]

Peace Prayer Ponderings

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The following is a transcription from my prayer journal entry today, written as I sat in quiet prayer at our parish’s special vigil for peace in Syria. LMH I sit in our silent, cool chapel, trying to pray for Syria but distracted instead by the air conditioning noises and the rumbling of my belly. The [Read More...]

CNS: President Obama, Church Differ on Syria

From Catholic News Service: “Catholic leaders respond to the calls for military strikes against Syria with words of caution and pleas for diplomacy.” In the video, Professor Maryann Cusimano Love underscores the areas where Pope Francis and President Obama agree as well — in the protection of the innocent: the most vulnerable and civilians and [Read More...]


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