Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, Condemns Attacks on Muslims in CAR

New out from Caritas International and Vatican Radio is a broad-ranging interview conversation with Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui and Caritas Central African President. In the February 18 discussion, the Archbishop strongly condemns the rising tide of violence: One group has decided to take revenge. They’re mainly young people. They have seen their villages burnt [Read More...]

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Consistory for the Family: Facing the Realities of “Family”

Coming from the Vatican today, we have an overview of the opening moments of this week’s extraordinary consistory for the family. The day began with an opening address from Pope Francis: Dear brothers, I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you, I thank the Lord who has given us these days of [Read More...]

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Papal Peace Prayers Extend to Ukraine

With violence in Ukraine playing out in the past few days resulting in the deaths of at least 26, Pope Francis used the occasion of today’s General Audience to invoke an end to violence in the region: At his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis called for peace in the Ukraine: “With a worried soul I [Read More...]

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@Pontifex Tweets to Request Peace Prayers for Africa

It arrived on Saturday in the predawn hours. When I looked at my smartphone and saw this particular tweet, tears instantly came. Let us pray for peace in Africa, especially in the Central African Republic and in South Sudan. #prayforpeace — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 15, 2014   “Why?” you may ask. “What’s the big [Read More...]

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Sweet Tweets for 2/14/14 — The Extra Sweet Valentine’s Day Edition

Call me unromantic, but I have never been a huge celebrator of Valentine’s Day. Several years into our marriage, Greg and I settled into a “no present pact” that is a gift all in its own way. It relinquishes me from trying to figure out something cute to buy my minimalist husband to share my [Read More...]

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Sweet Tweets for 2/09/14 — The Sunday Coast to Coast Edition

If you’re paying attention to this little space on the web, you’ll note that I’ve been largely absent this week. Since Sweet Tweets was published last Friday, I’ve traveled eight hours by car to San Diego with my husband Greg to join him at a medical conference, and then flown across country to join a [Read More...]

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Horror in Central African Republic Needs to Wake Us Up

Sorry, but I’m about to rock your pleasant Saturday. Since I returned from my trip to Rwanda with Catholic Relief Services, I read the news headlines with a new type of intensity. It seems I can no longer sip my dark roast while I flip through the news on my iPad, and then go about [Read More...]

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Sweet Tweets for 1/31/14 – Making Christian Unity a Priority

Thank you to John Clem for making this weekly feature possible! Details of Pope Francis’ Visits to the Holy Land | Franciscan Monastery http://ow.ly/t9udr  Papal Tweet: “Let us pray for Christian unity. There are so many beautiful things which unite us.” (Pope Francis Jan. 28th) NEWS: Biblical Discovery: 4,000 year old tablet reveals Noah’s Ark [Read More...]

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Sweet Tweets for 1/25/14 – For Life and Clothed in Christ

Thank you to John Clem for making this weekly feature possible! Papal Tweet:  “We are called to live our baptism every day, as new creatures, clothed in Christ.” (Pope Francis Jan. 24) Lightning breaks finger off Christ statue – to be repaired next month | New York Post http://ow.ly/sHUqQ  Graphic to Share: If God is [Read More...]

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Pope Francis to Meet with President Obama

CNN has announced an upcoming March 27th meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama. President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time on March 27 at the Vatican, the White House announced Tuesday. Obama’s visit with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be part of a larger European [Read More...]

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