Mourning Kristel Padasas and Celebrating #PopeFrancisPH – Sweet Tweets for 01/17/15

Mourning Kristel Padasas and Celebrating #PopeFrancisPH – Sweet Tweets for 01/17/15 January 17, 2015

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By Benhur Arcayan (Malacanang Photo Bureau) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
I was prepared this morning to write about how wonderful it has been to watch Pope Francis’ visits this past week to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. What a blessing to see the joy with which he has been greeted by people whose faith is so alive and vibrant. Certainly there has been news this week on that front that has caused serious conversations as well. And I’m convinced that such dialogue–when engaged in with respect–is good for us as well.

But I awoke this morning to very sad news of the passing of  27-year-old Kristel Padasas of Manila.  Kristel was a team member with Catholic Relief Services. A tragic accident at the site of the papal Mass in Tacloban took her life.  While I obviously never knew Kristel, it’s easy to imagine the amazing type of young woman she was through the way in which she gave herself to the service of our Church and others in need of aid and care. Kristel will be greatly missed by her family, her community and her colleagues at CRS serving around the world. She is in my prayers today as I prepare to see firsthand the work of CRS in Tanzania next week. Please join me in praying for the repose of her soul and for those who are mourning her loss.

I’m grateful to my friend John Clem, O.F.S. for this week’s Sweet Tweets:

  • Papal Tweet: “Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Let us find time to be with him.” (Pope Francis, January 10th)
  • Pope Francis to Open Vatican Farm to the Public » EcoWatch
  • Video: Every Life Is A Gift (Vitae Foundation)
  • NEW App: My Picture Missal App- Loyola Press
  • Care for Creation: Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways! (Scott Brusaw)
  • Vatican panel says Oscar Romero was a martyr | Crux
  • Vatican conference to review reconstruction in Haiti (Vatican Radio)
  • Catechism, yoga, Zen cannot open people’s hearts to God, pope says (CNS)
  • My Soul Looks Back and Wonders, “How I Got Over.” (PsychedCatholic)
  • World Meeting of Families 2015 debuts its official hymn
  • In Defense of Altar Girls (Kerry Weber – America Magazine)
  • Short film looks at Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and the City of Detroit in 1968 –
  • The Drought Is Over – Pope Taps Prodigal Son as NOLA Aux. (Rocco Palma -Whispers in the Loggia )
  • Family and faith: Michael Keaton’s poignant acceptance speech at the Golden Globes (Deacon Greg Kandra)
  • Catechesis resource: Sophia SketchPad – Draw from it! (Sophia Institute)
  • Holy Land Coordination stalled on way to Gaza (Vatican Radio)
  • Haiti Earthquake Response: 5 Years Later + 11 Success Stories (Catholic Relief Services)
  • Wine That’s Fit For a Pope: California Winery Taps into its Catholic Roots (Aleteia)
  • NEW App: Sending an Angel for Encouragement |
  • Michael Novak starts NEW Blog at Patheos entitled Coming Down to Earth.
  • Year of the Consecrated Life: CMSWR Introduction Video – YouTube
  • Fr. Barron filming new series: Standing Where John Henry Newman Preached (Pivotal Players- Word On Fire)
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – January 18-25 (Holy Land Franciscans)
  • Sister Donna Markam, O.P., first woman to head Catholic Charities USA
  • Mystery Is Deep and Yet Vertical – A Brief Meditation on the Christian Meaning of Mystery (Archdiocese of Washington)
  • Pope says respect for religion should limit freedom of expression & approves canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra (CNS)
  • Pope Francis: Free expression doesn’t mean right to insult others’ faith –
  • At papal Mass in Sri Lanka, disabled man seeks ‘big blessing’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Infographic: The Church in the Philippines
  • Learning from the Doctors of the Church (OSV)
  • NEW: Global Catholic Climate Movement -Caring for God’s creation, the poor& future generations
  • Looking for Jesus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Diana Von Glahn – Dappled Things)
  • Footprints of God – Holy Land Pilgrimages (Spirit Juice Studios)
  • ‘9 Days for Life’ is a Digital Pilgrimage (Sarah Reinhard –
  • Plenty of great resources for the 2015 March for Life – January 22nd #WhyWeMarch
  • Satire: Church Appropriate Dance Moves 5 Minute Countdown (Matt Warner)
  • Papal Tweet:  “The family is the greatest treasure of any country. Let us all work to protect and strengthen this, the cornerstone of society.”  (Pope Francis, January 16th)
  • Let Your Prayer Life Explode with Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity – New Evangelizers
  • CNS STORY: USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes
  • Gift from heaven? Pope receives unexpected visit from St. Therese of Lisieux :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • NEW App: Help The Blind Through Video Chat With This New App (Huff Post)
  • Saint Peg Dolls For Catholic Kids- How To Have An Exchange (Catholic Icing)
  • Pope Francis’ heartfelt words for typhoon survivors: Jesus is there for you! :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Where in the Bible does it say one must go to confession? (Busted Halo)
  • California bishops to Pope: Thanks for the new saint! :: Catholic News Agency (CNA )
  • Video: Pope surprises former street kids (CNS)
  • FREE Bonus Resources from Fr. Robert Barron and Word On Fire
  • Pope Francis criticizes gay marriage, backs ban on contraception (John Allen – Crux)
  • Quiz: Which Religious Order Best Fits Your Personality? | ChurchPOP

Pope Francis’ Journey to Sri Lanka and the Philippines

  • Papal Trip To Philippines Jan. 12-19, 2015 (Complete Coverage with EWTN)
  • Pope Francis to families: be examples of holiness, prayer (Vatican Radio)
  • Spotlight on altar for Canonization Mass in Sri Lanka (
  • Pope Francis has a chance to do some good in Sri Lanka (John Allen – Crux)
  • NEW Saint to be canonized today by Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Joseph Vaz (
  • A warm Sri Lanka welcome – Pope greeted by 40 elephants :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Buddhist temple (John Allen – Crux)
  • Hoping location is everything: Former street kids want pope to visit (CNS)
  • Pope Francis makes unscheduled visit to Manila street children (
  • Pope Francis to families: be examples of holiness, prayer (Vatican Radio)
John Clem, O.F.S.

John Clem, O.F.S is the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services ( John is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and loves to share his talents in faith, technology, and journalism in service to the church. John also writes a blog entitled Call To Holiness ( Follow John on Twitter at @Catholicwebs, on Facebook and at Google+.
Image: By Benhur Arcayan (Malacanang Photo Bureau) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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