News.va Instagram Photos Share Timeless Authenticity of the Vatican

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In their continuing commitment to embracing the latest social media tools, the News.va team (Pontifical Council for Social Communications) is actively posting great shots like this one on their Instagram account: I have to say that Instagram is one of my favorite social networks and I love seeing the authenticity of the shots being shared [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...]

Colbert and Dolan: Prayer, Punditry and Popes

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If you didn’t catch it live, you’ve surely heard about Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent appearance on The Colbert Report. While I seriously doubt that Cardinal Dolan needs the famous “Colbert bump”, he did have a great chance to share about his new e-book, Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis. Priced [Read More...]

His Word, Pope Francis and the Grace of His Light

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Can I tell you how happy I am that we’re back to the routine of Pope Francis sharing his daily homily from morning Mass in Rome? For me, my days simply go a bit better with his daily teachings on the gospel so readily available. Today’s homily on Luke’s fourth chapter was just the shot [Read More...]

Holy Father’s Intentions for September

Please join me in praying for these timely prayer intentions given to us by Pope Francis. Please take a few moments to enjoy the accompanying videos from the Apostleship of Prayer. Both provide a beautiful explanation of these important intentions. Value of Silence. That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence [Read More...]

Receive a Text When @Pontifex Pope Francis Tweets

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Because more than one person has asked today following my post this morning about Pope Francis’ recent tweet, here are some easy directions to receive a text whenever Pope Francis tweets. First, a simple illustration: And now, the official instructions: Turning on Tweet notifications from a specific person Via the web: Visit your Settings page. Click the Mobile tab. [Read More...]

We Cannot Sleep Peacefully…

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In perhaps ironic fashion, the text woke me from a deep sleep at 2:01 am the morning of August 17th: We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 17, 2013 It was Pope Francis, tweeting again in the middle of the [Read More...]

The Day Pope Francis Dropped by the Vatican Power Plant: What Would You Do?

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News reports coming out of the Vatican today are documenting a remarkable, spontaneous visit by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s industrial zone, including a visit to the power plant, the woodworking area, and also time spent with the blacksmiths and plumbers. Per the News.va website: A visit that everyone hoped for and no one could [Read More...]

Motu Proprio on Money Laundering, Terrorism and WMDs

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Hot off the press this morning, an official press release on the new Motu Proprio of Pope Francis concerning “the prevention and countering of money laundering, the financing of terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” At the moment, only the Italian version of the full document is listed on the Vatican website, but most certainly [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Day

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Released today by the Vatican, Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day encourages words of great hope and challenge for all of us. In so many ways, we are each called to the life of a “missionary”. Your mission field may be as close as your own home or half a world away. Regardless, we [Read More...]


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