Pope Francis Makes a Statement with Distribution of Pocket Gospels

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  From yesterday’s Angelus prayer: Pope Francis offers pocket Gospels from the hands of the neediest As he did last year during Lent, the Pope offered all those present a pocket-sized Gospel, which was distributed by some homeless people who live in Rome. “Here we see a beautiful gesture”, he remarked. “Those ones most in need [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Google Hangout

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Today, our Holy Father employed a great tool of technology–the Google Hangout–to meet and converse with young people from around the world: Per the Vatican: Pope Francis held a Google Hangout Thursday afternoon with several disabled kids from around the world, in an event sponsored by Scholas Ocurrentes, a charity which brings together young people [Read More...]

USCCB & Bishop Oscar Cantú on Release of Alan Gross and #CubaPolicy

This has been a busy week for Bishop Oscar Cantú, who is Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace. Just yesterday, I posted his statement on the torture report. Today, we have his statement (included below for your reference) on the release of American Alan Gross from Cuba and the shift in the Administrations [Read More...]

Bishop Peter F. Christensen to Boise: “The Grace of Yes” in Action

It felt fitting today to watch a portion of the wonderful press conference announcing the naming by Pope Francis of Bishop Peter F. Christensen, as the Eighth Bishop of of the Diocese of Boise. That it came to my attention on a day when Pope Francis asked in his remarks at the Wednesday audience that the faithful pray [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/22/14 – Children of God

I love this week’s lead “sweet tweet” from Pope Francis, which reminds us that we are each “children of God”. What a precious notion – we parents know how much we love and would give our lives for our children. Many of us are sons and daughters of living parents who would do the very [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/15/14 — Assumption, Korea, RIP Robin & More

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we watch Pope Francis’ historic visit to Korea and pray for the ongoing strife in the Holy Land and Iraq and Syria. Closer to home, many of us grieved this week with the death of Robin Williams. So many needs, such pain, [Read More...]

Praying for Peace in Iraq

Pope Francis led us in prayer today with three separate posts on Twitter for those living in Iraq: These were followed up with a press release (included below) from the USCCB’s Committee of International Justice and Peace. It is clear that these persecuted families need our immediate prayers and attention. Please join me in praying [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 3/07/14 — Walking with Christ Joyfully

Even though it’s only been two days, a Friday seems not only the perfect day for Sweet Tweets, but also a perfect day to reflect back upon how our Lent has been going so far. Perhaps, like me, you’ve already played the mental game of “I don’t really need to fast from xyz after all [Read More...]

Pope Francis Continues to Urge Prayers for Central African Republic

In a new video out today, Rome Reports emphasizes Pope Francis’ concern for the people of the Central African Republic: In the past few weeks, Pope Francis has constantly kept one fragile country in his thoughts, the Central African Republic. POPE FRANCIS URBI ET ORBI DECEMBER 25 “Grant peace, dear Child, to the Central African Republic, often [Read More...]

Consistory for the Family: Facing the Realities of “Family”

Coming from the Vatican today, we have an overview of the opening moments of this week’s extraordinary consistory for the family. The day began with an opening address from Pope Francis: Dear brothers, I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you, I thank the Lord who has given us these days of [Read More...]


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