Msgr. Tighe: Seeing Church’s Social Communications in a Networked Way

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I am a major fan of Msgr. Paul Tighe, the current secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. I’ve had the opportunity to hear him speak and even to meet him a few times. Knowing his tireless advocacy for efficacious communications, it’s a true thrill to watch as the Vatican continues to “get” the [Read More...]

The New Media in Pope Francis’ Vatican

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From L’Osservatore Romano via News.va: “More than 9,300,000 followers and, thanks to retweets, at least 60,000 million people on their smartphones and tablets are reached by the Holy Father’s tweets”; as well as the “10,260,000 people every month who visit our pages in the various languages through the portal www.news.va via Facebook”. These are Pope Francis’ [Read More...]

Pope Francis: The Church is Our Merciful Mother

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From today’s General Audience catechesis with Pope Francis: Video Link During his Audience catechesis Pope Francis returned to the theme of the “Church as our Mother”, by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live and suffer for their children. He noted, that our mothers show us, through their tenderness and love, the correct [Read More...]

Pope Francis: The Church is Our Protective Mother

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From today’s homily on Luke 7:11-17 comes Pope Francis’ thoughts comparing the Church to a protective stepmother: “This dimension of widowhood of the Church, who is journeying through history, hoping to meet, to find her Husband… Our Mother the Church is thus! She is a Church that, when she is faithful, knows how to cry. [Read More...]

Happiness Doesn’t Have a Price Tag: @Pontifex Ponderings

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In another of my ongoing series of posts responding to Pope Francis’ tweets, I thought I would muse a bit on this weekend’s gem, sent at 1:15 am Pacific time on Sunday, September 15: Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 15, 2013 Ironically, the [Read More...]

@Pontifex Ponderings: Is It a Beautiful Day in Your Neighborhood?

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I’ve decided to start a little series here on the blog where I share my first impressions of our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ amazing tweets. For today, he shared: Sometimes it is possible to live without knowing our neighbours: this is not Christian. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 14, 2013 I have to share that [Read More...]

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...]


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