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...]

Sweet Tweets for 9/28/13: Getting Our Hands Dirty to Help

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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: “True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.” (Pope [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Message for Migrants and Refugees

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On January 19th, 2014 we will commemorate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In advance of this event, Pope Francis has released the full text of his message for the annual event. I think my ears and heart are particularly open to this message of encouragement but also of urgent action. As I type [Read More...]

Media Roundup of America’s Pope Francis Interview Aftermath

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Over at their website, America Magazine has a terrific roundup of all of the interviews, essays, shows and punditry which followed last week’s publication of the Jesuits’ interview with Pope Francis. If you’d like to catch up on anything you missed, this is the place to go to read all of the “takes” in one [Read More...]


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