Pope Francis’ Message for Migrants and Refugees

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

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...]

Video: Pope Francis on Social Communications

A follow up to yesterday’s post on Pope Francis’ address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications: Video Link [Read more...]

Pope Francis on Social Communications

Pope Francis’ address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications is “must read” material for those of us who blog, tweet, post to Facebook and love our Church. In these brief remarks Pope Francis helps place in proper priority our efforts to share our love for Jesus Christ in new and [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 9/20/13: Avoiding the “Selfie” Mentality

I think I’m pretty tuned in to social media, but every week when I receive John Clem’s list of “Sweet Tweets”, I never cease to be amazed at some of the “big news” that I miss along the way. It’s also fascinating to look at these posts from week to week and ponder how much [Read More...]

THE Pope Francis Interview: What Would You Ask?

By now, the blogosphere is chock full of “takes” on that amazing America Magazine interview with Pope Francis. Major kudos to Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., America’s Editor in Chief (who explains the interview process here), Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. of Civiltà Cattolica, and the entire team behind this groundbreaking 10,000+ word look inside the mind and heart [Read More...]

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

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

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

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

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...]


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