Note to Self: Call Grandma & Thank Pope Francis

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Need a little kick in the pants today to remember that old adage, “Charity begins at home”? Then read today’s first reading from 2 Maccabees and then watch the video summary of Pope Francis’ homily today: In typically eloquent yet understandable fashion, our Holy Father reminds us of the importance of treating our elderly loved [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 11/8/13: Catching Up & Helping Out

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I’ve missed our “Sweet Tweets” for the past month while I was traveling. They are always a terrific way to stay on top of breaking Catholic news. And today it’s no surprise that with so much happening in the world, including Typhoon Haiyan, that our list keeps getting updated. Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister [Read More...]

Are You a Missionary? @Pontifex Ponderings

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In his morning tweet today, Pope Francis thanked missionaries who “quietly work hard”: I thank all missionaries, men and women who quietly work hard for the Lord and their brothers and sisters. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) November 4, 2013 His tweet got me to thinking about the question, “Am I a missionary?” When you look [Read More...]

Do I Contribute to Modern Slavery? Vatican Seminar to Address Critical Issues

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Out today from the Vatican is news of a seminar being held November 2nd and 3rd, jointly organized by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (F.I.A.M.C.). Titled “Trafficking in human beings: modern slavery. Destitute peoples and the message of Jesus Christ” will take on a [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 10/11/13: Love Fills the Empty Spaces

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Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/), we’ve got a full recap of all of this week’s most important action both online and around the world. Papal Tweet: “The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.” (Pope Francis Oct. 8th) Pope’s Homily [Read More...]

Video: Pope Francis Meets with Cardinal Dolan and USCCB Leadership

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From Rome Reports, we have some terrific firsthand footage of Pope Francis’ meeting today with Cardinal Dolan and the leadership of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: In attendance with Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop of Louisville Joseph Kurtz, the Archbishop of Seattle Peter Sartain, and the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Bransfield. My favorite aspect of [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 10/4/13: The Francis Edition

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Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/), we’ve got a full recap of all of this week’s most important action both online and around the world. Before we jump into the tweets, here’s a lovely musical moment from Sarah McLachlan to celebrate St. Francis’ feast day: Papal Tweet: “Do we [Read More...]

Pope Francis Bans Anchovies?!

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Despite the temptation to “right click>save as”, I’m only going to give you a tiny little taste of the latest genius cartoon from Jason Bach: You are now required to immediately go read the rest of the cartoon strip here. If you’ve been paying attention to the “Pope Francis gives another interview” mania, you’ll be very [Read More...]

Is Pope Francis’ Accessibility a Good Thing or a Disaster?

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If you’re paying attention today amidst all of the government shutdown stuff, you’ve likely heard the scuttlebutt about Pope Francis’ most recent media interview. You’ll find the English translation of his chat with La Repubblica’s founder, Eugenio Scalfari — an atheist — on the Culture page at La Repubblica. The Catholic blogosphere is once again abuzz, [Read More...]

Of Elders, Children and The Greatest Among Us

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Blessedly, today finds me working from my home office. This is a rare occurrence in my life at the moment — for the month of October I’ll be in my home zip code for only five days. That craziness is fodder for another post, but today I thought I’d share some fruit from my morning [Read More...]


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