Forgiveness without Fail

I wanted to share a quick post and Father Roderick’s video from today’s Angelus, Pope Francis’ visit with all of us globally today to remind us of the theme of God’s unfailing forgiveness for his people. In his video, Father Roderick captures both the sense of love the throngs in St. Peter’s Square have for [Read More...]

Following Papa Francisco’s Lead: 5 Easy Ways to Love the Poor in Honor of His Pontificate

I’ve spent the past few days falling in love with our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. As a saint fangirl, I joined many in those first few hours of speculation over “which Francis” our new Pope was honoring with his name selection. While we now know that he took his name for St. Francis of [Read More...]

Pope Francis Mania – Relive the Joy of the Moment in St. Peter’s Square

This video from Fr. Roderick Vonhogen of SQPN is seriously MUST WATCH. Along with being a great capture of the actual moment of the white smoke from the ground in St. Peter’s Square, you’ll experience the sense of awe of Pope Francis’ first few moments, and the incredible joy of a terrific crowd of young [Read More...]

Habemus Papam: Fantastic Firsthand Footage from Seminarians in Rome “Brothers in Black”

I have loved the Brothers in Black for quite some time, but now I’m even more enamored after sharing today’s excitement with them via this firsthand video of the smoke, the waiting, the prayer, the announcement and the great joy of welcoming Pope Francis. Enjoy — and share! This video needs to go viral! [Read more...]

@Pontifex – Pope Francis’ Vatican Team Tweets

Although I find it unlikely that our new Pope Francis immediately rounded up his iPhone and tweeted personally, I was happy today to see a quick tweet from the official @Pontifex account: It’s terrific to know that the Vatican’s embracing of social media in the New Evangelization will continue. During these busy days ahead, it’s [Read More...]

That Conclave Chimney Seagull

As we wait, that seagull who sat perched atop the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is getting quite a lot of media attention: A Catholic News Service video of his own: A Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ChimneySeagull and evidence of him trending like crazy on Twitter. and even his own meme: [Read more...]

Conclave Central: What I’m Watching

The View from My Office Today - Conclave coverage on multiple screens!

My friend Sarah Reinhard just emailed me to ask the simple question: “Who are you watching for Conclave coverage live?” My answer: everyone! Here’s what I shared with her: “You would laugh if you could see my desk. I have Twitter on my main screen, CatholicTV and Salt and Light on my second monitor, EWTN [Read More...]

Fr. Robert Barron’s Day 4 Conclave Update

Love that we have such wonderful priests covering this moment in history for us! Be sure to take advantage of the easy ability to share this phenomenal videos with family and friends in social media. Youtube Description: After the first “smoke watch,” Father Barron reports on the first day of the conclave— March 12, 2013. [Read More...]

Black Smoke: My View & Father Roderick’s Too!

It’s clear I won’t be in St. Peter’s Square when our Cardinal electors announce their decision – I’ve decided I’m sort of at peace with that. God has me squarely where he wants me this week. In a way, I have the sensation that it’s actually a bit more simple to watch the events of [Read More...]

American Pilgrims Find Themselves in Rome for Historic Days

Mountain Butorac, The Catholic Traveler, prepares for media interviews

Among those I’m following in Rome is my friend Mountain Butorac of The Catholic Traveler. Mountain and the pilgrims he’s leading in a trip to the Vatican this week find themselves in the enviable position of being on the ground in St. Peter’s Square during the Conclave. For great photos and firsthand tweets, follow Mountain on [Read More...]


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