Not Sneaking Out, but Pope Francis WAS a Bouncer

From Daniel Burke of Belief Blog at CNN: Video Link [Read more...]

Instagram Exemplars: Who the Vatican Follows

The News.va Instagram account has quickly become one of my favorites to follow. I’m not sure who’s behind the camera, but they have quite and eye. A recent great example was this shot of Pope Benedict receiving the statue of Our Lady of Fatima: Wow! So I was perusing the Vatican account and took note of [Read More...]

Rome: The Capital of the Family — What Will it Take?

New out this morning is a report on the upcoming Synod on the Family and other family related information from Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family: This morning in the Holy See Press Office Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, presented the twelfth plenary assembly [Read More...]

Church Leaders Confront “Virtual Reality”

Following on the heels of last week’s plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, a variety of familiar faces including Msgr. Tighe, Greg Erlandson and Fr. Thomas Rosica address the challenges faced by an incarnational Church coexisting in a digital world in this video from Catholic News Service. [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Message for Migrants and Refugees

On January 19th, 2014 we will commemorate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In advance of this event, Pope Francis has released the full text of his message for the annual event. I think my ears and heart are particularly open to this message of encouragement but also of urgent action. As I type [Read More...]

Mulieris Dignitatem 25th Anniversary Sparks Seminar at the Vatican

News out from the Pontifical Council for the Laity: Twenty five years after the publication of the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem by Blessed John Paul II, the Pontifical Council for the Laity wishes to reflect again on this document. A quotation from this letter is the theme of the seminar: God entrusts the human being to a [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...]

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...]

Msgr. Tighe: Seeing Church’s Social Communications in a Networked Way

I am a major fan of Msgr. Paul Tighe, the current secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. I’ve had the opportunity to hear him speak and even to meet him a few times. Knowing his tireless advocacy for efficacious communications, it’s a true thrill to watch as the Vatican continues to “get” the [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...]


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