Pope Francis Sends Message to Toronto Students

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I love the part in this Perspectives video about the fact that Toronto’s Catholic school students will be receiving a special message recorded just for them by Pope Francis at next week’s Catholic Schools Week celebration! Here’s a full update on this development: TORONTO, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Ontario now has a unique connection [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 4/04/14 — The Good News

NOGALES, Arizona (April 1, 2014) - Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and 7 other bishops celebrate Mass on the US-Mexico border in Arizona to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform. More information is available at www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Photo credit: George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

Welcome back to Sweet Tweets – after a few weeks off, I’m happy to have John’s great roundup of news we can use from the past week. This is an exciting time for the Church, with us in the thick of Lent, our Bishops so active, “Noah” mania, the Queen and Francis visiting, and the [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 3/15/14 — The Anniversary Edition

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Thank you to John Clem for making this weekly feature possible! Papal Tweet:  Please pray for me. (Pope Francis, March 13th 1 Year Annniversary) Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress (The Washington Post) http://ow.ly/uzChK  The Rev. Jim Martin muses over merging Jesus’s spiritual and historical personas – The Washington Post http://ow.ly/unolO  [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 3/07/14 — Walking with Christ Joyfully

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Even though it’s only been two days, a Friday seems not only the perfect day for Sweet Tweets, but also a perfect day to reflect back upon how our Lent has been going so far. Perhaps, like me, you’ve already played the mental game of “I don’t really need to fast from xyz after all [Read More...]

Defend Us in Battle

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What do you need today? Many of my online friends are galavanting around in Mardi Gras swag, shroving it up before the onset of Lent tomorrow. But I find myself less in party mode than in panic mode. It has more to do with spiritual struggles than stress, but a massively crushing workload is not [Read More...]

Pope Francis Continues to Urge Prayers for Central African Republic

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In a new video out today, Rome Reports emphasizes Pope Francis’ concern for the people of the Central African Republic: In the past few weeks, Pope Francis has constantly kept one fragile country in his thoughts, the Central African Republic. POPE FRANCIS URBI ET ORBI DECEMBER 25 “Grant peace, dear Child, to the Central African Republic, often [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 2/28/14 — On the Essential Nature of the Eucharist and Lenten Resources

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Let’s keep Pope Francis in our prayers today in a special way. The Vatican is reporting that he cancelled today’s commitments due to a “minor ailment” and slight fever. Honestly, with the pace our Holy Father keeps, he needs our prayers every day. Here’s hoping that he’s tucked away in bed, getting some good rest! [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 2/21/14 — The Peace Praying Edition

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So much world news can change, shift and evolve during the course of a week. Just last week, I woke up to a tweet from Pope Francis exhorting us to #Prayforpeace in South Sudan and Central African Republic. Then throughout this week we’ve watched as conflict brewed in Ukraine and Venezuela. It seems for now [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Papal Peace Prayers Extend to Ukraine

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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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