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...]

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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...]

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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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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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News.va Instagram Photos Share Timeless Authenticity of the Vatican

In their continuing commitment to embracing the latest social media tools, the News.va team (Pontifical Council for Social Communications) is actively posting great shots like this one on their Instagram account: I have to say that Instagram is one of my favorite social networks and I love seeing the authenticity of the shots being shared [Read More...]

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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...]

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Pope Francis to Footballers: Don’t Neglect Generosity, Camaraderie & Beauty

New out this morning at News.va is an outstanding article on Pope Francis’ meeting this morning with members of the Italian and Argentinian national football squads. Definitely click through and read the full version of the article, which includes the Holy Father’s remarks in their entirety. Coaches at any level would do well to share this [Read More...]

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Motu Proprio on Money Laundering, Terrorism and WMDs

Hot off the press this morning, an official press release on the new Motu Proprio of Pope Francis concerning “the prevention and countering of money laundering, the financing of terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” At the moment, only the Italian version of the full document is listed on the Vatican website, but most certainly [Read More...]

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Ken Hackett Confirmed as New US Ambassador to the Holy See

Upon his confirmation as the next United States Ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett — former President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services — received a strong message of support from Dr. Carolyn Woo, who followed him at CRS: “We are overjoyed that the country will be represented by a man who through his [Read More...]

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Lumen Fidei – Light of Faith

I awoke this morning to the release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith). While I’m not awake yet to have read the document in full (or truthfully even in part), you can find the full encyclical on the Vatican’s website in PDF or e-reader. I will read it over the weekend and [Read More...]

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