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...]

Would You “Bunny Ear” Pope Francis or Your Bishop?

Making the rounds this week is this photo of England rugby player Manu Tuilagi giving Prime Minister David Cameron the “bunny ears” treatment: When I first saw the photo, I giggled and thought, “Wow, that’s funny.” But then I started to think about what I — as a mom — would think if one of my [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...]

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

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...]

Being A “Missionary Disciple”, Mule and All…

I love this article from News.va about Pope Francis’ reflection on the beatification of José Gabriel Brochero, known as Cura Brochero, a mule riding missionary in Argentina: Today, the Pope concluded, “let us allow Cura Brochero to enter, mule and all, into the house of our hearts, and to invite us to prayer, to the encounter [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Future of Society Rooted in Elderly & Youth

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

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

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...]

Holy Father’s Intentions for September

Please join me in praying for these timely prayer intentions given to us by Pope Francis. Please take a few moments to enjoy the accompanying videos from the Apostleship of Prayer. Both provide a beautiful explanation of these important intentions. Value of Silence. That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence [Read More...]


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