Is Pope Francis’ Accessibility a Good Thing or a Disaster?

If you’re paying attention today amidst all of the government shutdown stuff, you’ve likely heard the scuttlebutt about Pope Francis’ most recent media interview. You’ll find the English translation of his chat with La Repubblica’s founder, Eugenio Scalfari — an atheist — on the Culture page at La Repubblica. The Catholic blogosphere is once again abuzz, [Read More...]

Of Elders, Children and The Greatest Among Us

Blessedly, today finds me working from my home office. This is a rare occurrence in my life at the moment — for the month of October I’ll be in my home zip code for only five days. That craziness is fodder for another post, but today I thought I’d share some fruit from my morning [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...]

The Anchoress on HuffPost Live

Elizabeth Scalia

Just in case you missed it, here’s my amazing editor Elizabeth Scalia (aka “The Anchoress”) engaged in a spirited discussion in reaction to the Pope Francis interview in America Magazine: 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...]

James Martin, S.J. Speaks with CNN about America’s Pope Francis Interview

Fr. Jim Martin answers interesting questions from CNN on the news of the day — the Pope Francis interview. I didn’t know until I listened to Fr. Martin that this interview was published simultaneously in 16 Jesuit periodicals today. Please watch the full interview — less than four minutes — for a well-informed Jesuit perspective [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...]

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...]


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