Thou Shalt Not Cyberbully

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On this morning’s episode of The Son Rise Morning Show, host Matt Swaim and I looked at the topic of cyberbullying. The conversation was prompted by a Vatican press conference this week on the topic: Entitled “Stop threats on the internet,” the conference was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the [Read More...]

OSV & Bunson Offer Excellent Extraordinary Synod “101″ Help

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You’ve been hearing about it, and if you’re Catholic you really should pay attention to the upcoming extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held in Rome from October 5-19. Why does it matter if we pay attention? Because if past experiences hold true, the media will be filled during those opening days of [Read More...]

Instrumentum Laboris: What We Need to Know

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It’s likely that we’ll begin hearing soon from the mainstream media on today’s release of Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (to be held October 5-19). Since this document deals with survey results on several culturally significant marriage and family topics, we may get a fair amount of [Read More...]

Vatican to Digitize Documents

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A hat tip to my friend Brad West for pointing me to this Mashable story from April 20th that anticipates the digitization of the Vatican library archives: Digitizing the Vatican’s 40 million pages of library archives will take 50 experts, five scanners and many, many years before the process comes to a close. The Vatican [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 4/11/14 — A Contemplative Spirit

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Maybe it has something to do with the amount of time I spent in airplanes looking at the sky this week on my way to and from Nashville and then here to my current “office” in Toronto, but Pope Francis’ tweet “We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit, so that the love of God may warm [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 4/04/14 — The Good News

NOGALES, Arizona (April 1, 2014) - Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and 7 other bishops celebrate Mass on the US-Mexico border in Arizona to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform. More information is available at www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Photo credit: George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

Welcome back to Sweet Tweets – after a few weeks off, I’m happy to have John’s great roundup of news we can use from the past week. This is an exciting time for the Church, with us in the thick of Lent, our Bishops so active, “Noah” mania, the Queen and Francis visiting, and the [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 3/15/14 — The Anniversary Edition

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Thank you to John Clem for making this weekly feature possible! Papal Tweet:  Please pray for me. (Pope Francis, March 13th 1 Year Annniversary) Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress (The Washington Post) http://ow.ly/uzChK  The Rev. Jim Martin muses over merging Jesus’s spiritual and historical personas – The Washington Post http://ow.ly/unolO  [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Pope Francis to Meet with President Obama

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CNN has announced an upcoming March 27th meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama. President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time on March 27 at the Vatican, the White House announced Tuesday. Obama’s visit with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be part of a larger European [Read More...]

Pope Francis, Eli, the New York Times and Humility

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One of the best things about living in a hotel room for two weeks in Boston is having both the Boston Globe and the New York Times discreetly dropped next to your door each morning. So this morning, I rose to the hard copy of the NY Times’ article (which had been posted online yesterday) [Read More...]


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