Top Catholic Tweets for June 5, 2015



Happy Feast of St. Boniface!  Like St. Boniface, we are called on mission to help bring the Gospel life to others, and Pope Francis reminds of us of that in his tweet to build our society with the light of The Beatitudes.  There was lots of news and links to share this week, and I pray you all have a blessed week and enjoy some special sections below on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the pope’s new encyclical, Communities of Salt & Light, and The Year of the Consecrated Life:

Top Catholic Tweets for June 5, 2015:

  • Papal Tweet: “We need to build up society in the light of the Beatitudes, walking towards the Kingdom with the least among us.” (Pope Francis June 4th)
  • Fr. Barron’s Top 10 Resources on the Trinity (Word On Fire)
  • Trinity Sunday: a musical meditation (Vatican Radio)
  • Knotty exhibit planned for pope symbolizes life’s challenges | Crux
  • Video:  A Conversation with Richard Rohr, OFM, and James Martin, SJ (American Media)
  • NEW Blog & Book by Maria Morera Johnson – “my badass book of saints”
  • “Children’s Train” arrives in Vatican for meeting with Pope Francis (Vatican Radio)
  • Our Lady’s Miracle on the Mountain | The Christian Review
  • Muslims And Jews Spent A Day Of Prayer Together And The Result Was Beautiful (VIDEO) (Huff Post Religion)
  • Five Years Since Launch of Common Core, Concerns Remain for Catholic Schools (The Cardinal Newman Society)
  • Pope Francis Gets a White Rose of His Very Own (Kathy Schiffer – Patheos)
  • Pope Francis, council review worldwide input for family synod document (NCR)
  • NEW Website launching: Fraternitas, a place for men (The Catholic Gentleman)
  • 25 Times Jesus Was a Total Hipster (Epic Pew)
  • Report: Global Catholicism: Trends & Forecasts Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA -Georgetown Univ.)
  • 14 Ways to Make Family Summer Memories Last a Lifetime (Aleteia)
  • Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica (Fr. Mike Schmitz – Ascension Presents)
  • 2015 Lumen Christi Award Finalists | Meet 10 Catholic Heroes (Catholic Extension)
  • Crap, Castration & Two Creations – Colorful New Testament Wording (Defenders of the Catholic Faith – Stephen K. Ray)
  • A supernatural sign? Rare solar halo appears at Romero beatification :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Bear Wrongs Patiently – A Meditation on the 5th Spiritual Work of Mercy « Archdiocese of Washington
  • Death of Joe Biden’s son draws prayers from Delaware bishop :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • To ransom the captive, How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about (Washington Post)
  • Monsignor Paul Tighe at Information Society Summit in Geneva (
  • NEW Book: The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis (Franciscan Media)
  • Organizers For World Meeting Of Families Developing App To Help Visitors (CBS Philly)
  • A History of Little Miracles — Pope Francis and His Devotion to St. Thérèse (
  • 6 things to know about the Pope’s trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend – CNA Blog
  • Pope Francis heads to Bosnia as ‘brother messenger of peace’ (National Catholic Reporter/CNS)
  • Video:  The song for the papal visit to Sarajevo (Rome Reports)
  • Popes have brought hope, ‘soul’ to divided Bosnia, cardinal says | CNS top stories
  • A family mourning a loss returns to Ireland’s holy mountain (Wall Street Journal)
  • Faith-based organizations set the agenda for future humanitarian action (Vatican Radio)
  • TAKE ACTION: Join Pax Christi USA in enacting “mercy and justice” in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit
  • Music chief for Pope Francis’ Phildelphia Mass quits in dispute with Archbishop Chaput | National Catholic Reporter
  • EWTN California broadcast facility is network’s first on West Coast (American Catholic/CNS)
  • Winning altar design announced for papal Mass in Washington (Catholic Standard)
  • St. Charles Lwanga and the Fire at Namugongo (Fr. Barron – Word On Fire)
  • How Will I Choose Simplicity to Break Walls of Poverty? (Lisa Hendey – Patheos)
  • The sleeve says it all… (People for Others – Loyola Press)
  • CRS vice president in same-sex civil marriage steps down :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Philadelphia wants you to have a plush Pope Francis doll (The Washington Post)
  • Pope offers prayers for victims of China’s ferry disaster :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • The Myth of Washington Gridlock (George Weigel – Catholic World Report)
  • Video: Fortnight for Freedom 2015: Freedom to Bear Witness (USCCB)
  • The Importance of the Magna Carta, 800 Years On (Catholic World Report)
  • “Pope Francis and the Mission of the Laity” – Keynote by Cardinal Rodriguez – (Franciscan Mission Service)
  • Video: Pope Francis’ poor church (CNS)
  • Debut episode of Catholic Extension — highlighting work of this 110 year old ministry
  • Pope helps homeless, poor in Rome make pilgrimage to Shroud of Turin (CNS)
  • 5 Summer Flicks You Won’t Want to Miss – Busted Halo’s Summer Movie Guide
  • Evangelii Guadium in support of Civil Aviation Chaplaincy (Vatican Radio)
  • iPadre Podcast – Interview with Fr. Basil of Norcia (Fr. Jay Finelli – iPadre Catholic Podcasting)
  • Take Action! – Today is World Environment Day June 5th (The Global Catholic Climate Movement)



Preparations for New Encyclical: Laudato Sii “Praise Be” to be released June 18th

  • Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical titled ‘Laudato Sii’ (Praised Be) | National Catholic Reporter
  • Papal encyclical named after St. Francis prayer of praise (CNS)
  • Psychological barriers complicate overcoming climate change denial | National Catholic Reporter
  • Care for Creation — Beautiful Video: Catholicism and the challenge of ecology (CNS)
  • Franciscans Go Green – St. Anthony Shrine in Ellicott City, Maryland (EWTN Nightly News)
  • NEW Doc: Caring for God’s Creation Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action (USCCB)
  • Getting ahead of the spin on the pope’s environmental encyclical (John Allen – Crux)


Feast of Corpus Christi


Pope Francis carries a monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament during the Corpus Christi  Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis carries a monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament during the Corpus Christi Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

  • Video: Pope Francis celebrates Corpus Christi (CNS)
  • Corpus Christi: a musical meditation ( Radio)
  • Corpus Christi procession on the lake of Hallstatt in Austria
  • Corpus Christi Contemplation: Compliments to the Chef | Dominicana
  • Celebrating Corpus Christi feast, Pope Francis honors persecuted Christians | National Catholic Reporter



New initiative from from US Bishops:  forming Communities of Salt & Light




Year of the Consecrated Life:



  • John Michael Talbot, A musician inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi (Rome Reports)
  • 11 Surprising Ways Monks Spend Their Time (Catholic Link)
  • Monks record sacred music that is ‘part of air we breathe,’ says one | CNS top stories
  • Franciscan Assumption Province – Wisconsin: A visual history (Order of Friars Minor)
  • Nuns are plentiful at Indian mission school (St. Peter Indian Mission School – Franciscan Sisters) – CNS
  • Great Video: Franciscan Friars of Austria (Order of Friars Minor)


John ClemTop Catholic Tweets are compiled by John Clem, O.F.S. who 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’s blog is entitled Call To Holiness ( Follow John on Twitter at@Catholicwebs, on Facebook and at Google+.  monkatcomputer


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Top Catholic Tweets for May 29, 2015

Pray for Pope Francis

This was a week evident with the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in this Octave of Pentecost.  There are many stories to share, including a link to help match your gifts of the Holy Spirit with a ministry of calling.  Pope Francis had a historic visit with the Order of Friars Minor during their General Chapter (held every six years), and gave them inspiring words of encouragement as they working to strengthen their order in a special section below, and he asked for their prayers.

Sometimes we focus only on big things that happen around us, but this week in my hometown of Charlottesville, an amazing discovery was made with God’s smallest creations — the virus.  A superhero virus and its amazing superpowers to resist acid, sub-zero temperatures, and radiation are helping scientist find new ways to fight disease.  This discovery was made with a brand new $1.5 million electron microscope that is a collaboration of the University of Virginia and the National Institutes of Health.  Sometimes its the small things in life that really matter :)

I am praying for Pope Francis and many things offered before me this week in the world of Catholic New Media:

Top Catholic Tweets for May 29, 2015

  • Papal Tweet: “Let us invoke the Holy Spirit each day: He guides us along the path of discipleship in Christ.” (Pope Francis May 23rd)
  • Pope Francis: Labour must be free, creative, participatory, and mutually-supportive (Vatican Radio)
  • DC Court Tells Catholic Groups: Submit to HHS Mandate or Pay Massive Fines (
  • Pope Francis’ Bosnian visit to steer clear of Medjugorje :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • A drastic threat looms for an already ravaged Nepal – the rain season :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Irish voters approve referendum allowing same-sex “marriage” (Vatican Radio)
  • Dublin archbishop responds to marriage vote (American Catholic/CNS)
  • ‘Tomorrowland’ carefully crafted and highly entertaining (Carl Kozlowski – CNA)
  • Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II light fires of faith in Thailand :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Video:  Sarah McLachlan – Prayer of St. Francis
  • Archbishop from Syria pleads for his people during Washington visit (Catholic Standard)
  • Video: Pope Francis Pentecost Homily — Spirit renews earth, opens doors (CNS)
  • Islamic State currently has 3 to 5 thousand women enslaved, U.N. official says (The Washington Post)
  • The great architect Antoni Gaudí is closer to being beatified (Rome Reports)
  • For Beauty and Prayer Plant a Mary Garden (Joseph Pronechen –
  • Check out WINE: Women In the New Evangelization.
  • (Quiz) What Church Ministry Should You Be A Part Of? (CatholicLink)
  • Hispanic-Mozarabic Rite Mass celebrated in Vatican for the 4th time in history (Rome Reports)
  • Pentecost explained in LEGO (Fr. Roderick Vonhogen – Trideo)
  • Pope: wealth that is not shared generates corruption (
  • Remembering Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land one year ago + Peace & War & Memorial Day | Call To Holiness
  • Africa Day – May 25: Inside the hospital that serves patients who live on less than a dollar a day (Rome Reports)
  • Pope Francis hasn’t watched TV in 25 years and “I sleep very deeply” (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Video: How to Drink with the Saints – Aleteia
  • Audio: Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness: Lived Compassion, L’Arche, and Becoming Human (On Being)
  • How an Iraqi friar saved ancient Christian manuscripts from IS (Yahoo News)
  • Text of Pope’s video message for Day of Christian Unity in US (ZENIT)
  • Beware the Strangest Idol of All – A Reflection on How Even Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ (ADW)
  • Let there be light! A scientific and theological conference on the power of light (Rome Reports)
  • Pope’s financial reforms working: Vatican bank posts big jump in net profits for 2014 (Vatican Radio)
  • Fr. Barron Hospitalized:  Hospitalland and the Divinization of One’s Passivities (Fr. Robert Barron – Word On Fire)
  • Encyclical on environment sparks hope among academics, activists (Fr. Thomas Reese – National Catholic Reporter)
  • Care for Creation: DIY Tire Pond Turns Your Backyard Into An Oasis (All Created)
  • Food for Thought: Hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now (Gary Haugen-TED Talks)
  • Author Flannery O’Connor on new USPS 93 cent stamp June 5 (
  • The buzz about the Richmond Diocese’s drone — Holy Spirit 1 (The Catholic Virginian)
  • Nun who kissed Elvis on screen helps answer abbey’s prayers (Crux/AP)
  • God’s smallest creations: Incredible discovery with new Titan Electron Microscope at University of Virginia 💡 (NBC29)
  • Minnesota Catholic Conference ‘very proud’ of passage of prenatal diagnosis bill (
  • Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises – Video + text in English & Spanish (CNS)
  • Bible Verses for Facing Life’s Issues (Guideposts)
  • Podcast: John Clark and John Schlimm (Lisa Hendey – Catholic Moments)
  • Canadian Bishops Ask to Be Involved in Assisted Suicide Legislation – Aleteia
  • Cardinal Marx Holds Secret Vatican Conference to Sway Synod (Fr. Dwight Longenecker – Patheos)
  • 11 Things That Happen To Parents Who Bring Their Kids To Mass (Epic Pew)
  • Nun speaks about ISIS attacks at U.S. Congressional Hearing (Rome Reports)
  • Colombia is a factory for Catholicism’s new brand of martyrs (John Allen – Crux)
  • Catholic university moves statue of saint after some complain it is racist (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Rocking Out With the Saints’ Playlists (Epic Pew)
  • Rita’s Recipe: Snacks for Vacation Bible School (The Catholic Beat)
  • NEW App created by LifeTeen to address pornography issue – The Victory App (iOS only)
  • 11 Times Jesus Took Demons Seriously-And Why You Should Too! (Epic Pew)
  • New Documentary follows JPII’s footprints across the Western Hemisphere (CNA)
  • 85 Year old Sister Megan Rice, Freed From Prison, Looks Ahead to More Anti-Nuclear Activism (
  • Pope visit preparations promote unity in multi-faith Bosnia (Reuters)
  • UN inaction on nuclear weapons ‘disappointing’ to Catholic advocates (The Catholic Register/CNS)
  • New mural to honor Pope Francis in Philadelphia (
  • Meet Fr. John Hilton, “Pedaling Priest” – Avila to Aspen (Sarah Reinhard –
  • USCCB plans fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom with events nationwide June 21st – July 4th (The Compass/CNS)
  • Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul (Monsignor Charles Pope – Archdiocese of Washington)
  • Donor Contributes $50k to Build Habitat for Humanity Home in Honor of Pope Francis (NBC29)
  • Mary Helps Me Mother (Catholic Sistas)
  • This Church Might Not Look Like Anything Special, Until You See It From Different Angles (Sunny Skyz)
  • What are some great Catholic sites to visit on summer vacation? (Busted Halo)
  • This just fills me with joy – Dick Van Dyke hoppin’ at age 89 (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Catholic Cuisine: Recipes for June :: Month Dedicated to the Sacred Heart

Blood-stained shirt of Blessed Oscar Romero - now a 1st Order Relic is now touring El Salvador

Blood-stained shirt of Blessed Oscar Romero – now a 1st Order Relic is now touring El Salvador

Beatification of Blessed Oscar Romero

  • Pope Francis sends letter for the beatification of Óscar Romero (
  • Video:  Thousands celebrate Romero beatification (CNS)
  • Insides that didn’t decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Oscar Romero Beatification through Salvadoran Eyes (America Media)
  • In El Salvador, there’s a love/hate relationship between churches and gangs (John Allen – Crux)


Year of the Consecrated Life: Pope Francis visit with General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor


  • Pope’s Address to the General Chapter of the Order of the Friars Minor – FULL Text (Translation to English – ZENIT)
  • Pope: Franciscan vocation centered on littleness, fraternity (Vatican Radio)
  • Video:  Three friars reflect on the audience with Pope Francis and the General Chapter (Order of Friars Minor)
  • ‘Little’ friars credit vocation boom to Pope’s name :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


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Top Catholic Tweets are compiled by John Clem, O.F.S. who 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’s blog is entitled Call To Holiness ( Follow John on Twitter at@Catholicwebs, on Facebook and at Google+monkatcomputer


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Top Catholic Tweets for May 22, 2015



This week has been full of preparing for events including the Feast of Pentecost, Four new women saints, Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Memorial Day remembrances.  I want to congratulate the new Minister General, Fr. Michael Perry, O.F.M. who was re-elected in Assisi this week by his fellow brothers, and continue to pray for the Order of Friars Minor as they are guided by the Holy Spirit in reorganizing and rebuilding the order.  Following are the Top Catholic Tweets from this past week with many things to pray for in this world, with special sections for new saints, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Year of the Consecrated Life, and World Day of Communications:

  • Papal Tweet:  “God is always waiting for us, he always understands us, he always forgives us.” (Pope Francis – May 19th)
  • In West Bank, Pax Christi leaders see inequities in water distribution (CNS)
  • Iraqi Christians Have Lost Everything — Except Their Faith, Nun Tells Congress |
  • Pope, Palestinian President express hopes for peace (Vatican Radio)
  • Star With Down Syndrome Charms and Inspires in ‘Where Hope Grows’ |
  • Teresa of Avila on Prayer | Order of Carmelites
  • 15 Historic Wonders Housed in the Vatican’s Secret Archives | Mental Floss
  • New Line of Dolls For Kids With Disabilities is Created with 3D printing technology (Jezebel)
  • FAN and GCCM Celebrate Pope’s Endorsement of Climate Petition | Franciscan Action Network
  • Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension (Monsignor Charles Pope – Archdiocese of Washington)
  • At Lourdes shrine, ‘wounded warriors’ can pray for peace and healing :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • DC Area Professor To Catholic University: Too Many Crosses On Campus For Muslim Students To Pray ⋆ Dc Gazette
  • Crowdsource Funding: The Wild Goose video series w/ Fr. Dave Pivonka, T.O.R. by 4PM MEDIA (Kickstarter)
  • Padre Pio on Listening to Your Guardian Angel – Aleteia
  • Church needs women’s voices, input, experiences, pope tells religious (CNS)
  • Music Video: Fr. Pontifex – Ocean (4K) (Spirit Juice Studios)
  • New Arabic language guidebook on Vatican (
  • St. Bonaventure University announces new Center for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Top 5 Signs You’re a Hipster Catholic (Sarah Vabulas -Epic Pew)
  • China’s Catholics, Protestants hit back over cross restrictions
  • What a Subway Ride Taught Me About Evangelization (Christopher Closeup – Patheos)
  • In Thomas Merton, conference panelists see a model for racial justice and healing | National Catholic Reporter
  • 9 Non-Traditional Gifts to Get the Newly Confirmed – Epic Pew
  • VIDEO: Saints Among Us – Full Documentary (Archdiocese of Denver)
  • A priest’s powerful impact on the New York Times’ David Brooks :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Franciscans elect US Father Perry to six-year term as superior (American Catholic /CNS)
  • Facebook is Catholic and Twitter is Protestant (
  • Must-see video: the future pope gets in trouble (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Religious nonprofits lose Obamacare contraception mandate court ruling second time this week (The Washington Times)
  • A celebration of the Voices of Young Catholic Women project | National Catholic Reporter
  • Paris’ stunning Sainte-Chapelle gets a makeover – with lasers :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Pope Francis endorsed our Catholic Climate Petition! (The Global Catholic Climate Movement)
  • Motivational Catechetics: Equipping and Inspiring Your Volunteers (Lisa Mladinich -Amazing Catechists)
  • How to Hold a Spiritual Spa Day (Sister Margaret Kerry, FSP –
  • What’s so funny about Jim Gaffigan’s Christianity (The Washington Post)
  • God is an Artist (The Catholic Gentleman)
  • The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are… (Tony Rossi – Christopher Closeup)
  • Nebraska Legislature passes repeal of death penalty (American Catholic/CNS)
  • The Peace of Pentecost (Fr. Michael Cusato, O.F.M.) Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
  • Pentecost in Two Minutes (Busted Halo)
  • 12 Titles of the Holy Spirit — Explained! (Epic Pew)
  • Prayer for Memorial Day (USCCB)

Four New Saints

  • Pope Francis: Homily for Mass and Canonization of four new saints May 17th (
  • Video: Church has four new women saints (CNS)
  • For Arab Christianity, new women saints give encouraging example :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Tapestries of four blessed nuns (from left) St Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, St Emilie de Villeneuve, St Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception and St Mariam Bawardy on the facade of St Peter’s basilica Photo: AFP/Getty

Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero

  • Archbishop Oscar Romero set for beatification on Saturday (Rome Reports)
  • Priests called to emulate Romero (CNS)
  • The Beatification of Oscar Romero – page of resources by America Magazine
  • A website with all the details about the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero (Rome Reports)
  • Beatification of El Salvador’s Oscar Romero a turning point for Catholicism (John Allen – Crux)
  • 35 years after Romero, El Salvador is still at war (John Allen – Crux)
Archbishop Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero

Year of the Consecrated Life

  • These twin monks are taking it to the streets – and your TV – to save souls (CNA)
  • Open House for Year of the Consecrated Life (The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis)
  • Biking 4 Vocations | Sharing the Road With Christ – follow these priests & seminarians May 17-June 14
  • U.S. Trappist monks say beer brewing enhances American monastic life (CNS)


 World Day of Communications – Communicating the Family

  • Video: Monsignor Paul Tighe speaks about the 49th World Communications Day 2015 (PCCS)
  • World Communications Day 2015 – Communicating the Family (Irish Bishop’s Conf.)
  • Three Video Views on the World Communications Day Message (Lisa Hendey – Patheos)
  • World Communications Day 2015 (Lisa Hendey –
  • nunblog: World Communications Day links for You! (Sister Anne Flannagan, DSP)
  • World Communication Day resources from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications


The Seven Heavenly Virtues Applied to Social Media

The Seven Heavenly Virtues Applied to Social Media


John ClemTop Catholic Tweets are compiled by John Clem, O.F.S who 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+.monkatcomputer

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Top Catholic Tweets May 15th

Official logo for Pope Francis' visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September

Official logo for Pope Francis’ visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September

Welcome to the new home of Top Catholic Tweets.  A weekly compilation of the best stories and links from Catholic New Media as well as some mainstream media.   A BIG thanks to Lisa Hendey, who has been hosting this weekly feature for the past two years at her A Good Measure Blog at Patheos.  Top Catholic Tweets will be posted every Friday to show the Beauty, Goodness, and Truth of our Catholic Faith.  Your feedback and input is very much appreciated.  As always, it starts with the best tweet of the week from Pope Francis.

Top Catholic Tweets for May 15, 2015


Portrait of Pope Francis by Chinese painter Shen Jiawei.

  • Papal Tweet:  “Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.” (Pope Francis May 9th)
  • Pope sends Message to celebrate 200th Anniv. of the Coronation of Our Lady of Mercy (
  • Friar Who Donated Body to Science to Be Honored by Med Students (Holy Name Province – Order of Friars Minor)
  • Video: Faith and Fairy Tales – (Fr. Roderick Vonhogen – the Geekpriest)
  • Bl. Mother Teresa Was a Marvel Comic Book Hero in the ’80s, Too! | ChurchPOP
  • 10 Mothers Who Inspire Us (Catholic Link)
  • Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Pope Francis greets children of the “Peace Factory” (Vatican Radio)
  • Pope Francis receives Raul Castro at Vatican (Vatican Radio)
  • Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again | CNS top stories
  • Dates of Pope’s Cuba trip announced: Sept. 19-22 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Francis has the chance to help Catholicism in Cuba (John Allen – Crux)
  • NEW Website: provides education, encouragement, & resources to break free from pornography
  • New App to help understand work of Fra Angelico – English & Spanish (Rome Reports) iOS & Droid
  • New Website: The Archbishop Romero Trust – beatification May 23rd in El Salvador
  • Sister Helen Prejean: Tsarnaev ‘genuinely sorry for what he did’ (Crux/USA Today)
  • Tips for a catholic in a bar | Catholic Link
  • Tech Tip: It’s Time To Take Flickr Seriously Again – incredible technology + 1TB FREE (FastCompany)
  • USCCB Committee on Migration Issues Report on Immigrant Detention, Calls For a ‘Transformation’ of the System
  • Christian leaders hope Palestinian saints can be intercessors for peace (CNS)
  • Prayers for Nepal: New 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal (Vatican Radio)
  • T.H.I.N.K. Five ways to bridge faith and social media (Sister Rose Pacatte, DSP – SlideShare)
  • Pope Francis plans to pray with the Taizé Community ahead of 100th Anniversary of founder’s birth (Rome Reports)
  • Pope Francis opens Caritas Internationalis General Assembly on caring for creation (
  • Support the 2015 Catholic Communication Campaign to improve Catholic New Media (USCCB)
  • Bishops’ International Justice & Peace Committee Offers Policy Framework for Targeted Killing by Drones (USCCB)
  • Vatican Officially Recognizes Palestine in New Treaty (US News/AP)
  • Vatican-Palestine accord supports ‘two-state’ solution (CNS)
  • Ascension Day explained with LEGO (Fr. Roderick VonHogen)
  • Fr. Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters | Word On Fire
  • Our Lord’s Ascension : a musical meditation (Vatican Radio)
  • Most US dioceses have women in key posts, but some have none | Crux
  • RED HOT #GIVEAWAY: From Ascension Thursday to Pentecost (Amazing Catechists)
  • US House overcomes initial setback to pass 20-week abortion ban (CNA)
  • Wail of sirens calls priest, religious to train crash site to offer help in Philly (CNS)
  • (Quiz) How Much Do You Know About the Eucharist? | Catholic Link
  • Reflections on the Latest Pew Survey Documenting “Religious Decline” – Not So Fast (Monsignor Charles Pope – Archdiocese of Washington)
  • Catholic co-op sprouting mini-farms in Northern California (Catholic World Report)
  • Check out another upcoming Catholic sitcom, “The Jim Gaffigan Show” + complete 1st episode (Deacon Greg Kandra)
  • Sarah Vabulas, The Catholic Drinkie, on The Catholic Foodie Show (Jeff Young)
  • Pope Francis sends message for Pax Christi 70th anniversary (
  • nunblog: World Communications Day links for You! (Sister Anne Flannagan, DSP)
  • St. Isidore and Care for Creation (Brandon Vogt – Word On Fire)
  • B.B. King RIP – Save a Seat for Me – YouTube


Year of the Consecrated Life

  • Come & See the Secular Franciscan Order (St. Margaret of Cortona Region)
  • Daughters of St. Paul — Celebrating 100 Years
  • Wake Up the World! (Society of Jesus — Jesuits)
  • Nuns usher the dying into heaven (CNS)


John ClemTop Catholic Tweets are compiled by John Clem, O.F.S who 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+.



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4th Anniversary for Call To Holiness Blog

Thanks to all the readers and supporters of my blog as it now is celebrating its 4th Anniversary today.  There have been 30,000 readers of this blog in the past year, and I really appreciate your patronage and feedback.  I will be adding the weekly Top Catholic Tweets beginning this Friday, as it has been hosted with Lisa Hendey’ blog at Patheos for the past two years.  I want to thank Lisa Hendey for all of her support and encouragement in helping me on my journey in Catholic New Media.  Please pray for Lisa as she needs time to support family members struggling with health issues, and is working on authoring two new books.

It should be a very exciting year ahead as I plan to travel to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to cover for this blog the visit of Pope Francis’ to America.  I will also be featuring coverage of the Synod of the Family, and the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Happy Mother’s Day and blessings to all mother’s today.

Photo of me and my mother Eleanor Pope Clem on my first trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1965.



Pope Francis thanking all mothers today



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Catholic Charities USA – Parish Social Ministry Training

Dr. Chris Gross talking during Theology on Tap

Dr. Chris Gross talking during Theology on Tap

Church of the Incarnation and the Diocese of Richmond was honored to host one of two regional gatherings for Social Ministry trainings held by Catholic Charities USA.  This two day conference offered many great speakers sharing their experiences and resources in social ministries serving in the local parish community and abroad.

Prayers sung in Haitian Creole before luncheon.

Prayers sung in Haitian Creole before luncheon.

Friday evening began with Theology on Tap with Dr. Chris Gross, who is currently teaching at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Gross offered a compelling talk about how Social Justice issues and Respect Life issues are linked and should not be separated.  Dr. Gross drew close ties between Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium and Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae  in making his case that social ministries need to be attentive to all social justice issues facing the modern church.   This was a theme that echoed among many speakers including the keynote talk on Sunday from John Carr.  John Carr teaches at Georgetown University and writes for America Magazine.  Mr. Carr spoke about how he help develop a guidebook for parishes to develop Social Ministries with the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops called Communities of Salt and Light (link below).

 USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development uses this document as a lens through which to explore contemporary social ministry today and offers resources, best practices, and other materials to aid social ministry in a variety of settings.


Listen to John Carr’s great talk on how to help social ministries at parishes (MP3)


John Carr offering keynote speech to Parish Social Ministry conference

John Carr offering keynote speech to Parish Social Ministry conference

The Social Ministry conference also offered inspiring talks from Fr. Gerry Creedon, Chair of Peace and Justice Commission (Diocese of Arlington) who spoke about his amazing journey serving around the world in his talk “Pro-Justice, Pro-Life, Pro-Advocate.”  Dr. Kimberly Maczyk of Catholic Relief Services spoke about “Partnerships with Catholic Relief Services” and that there are many great resources offered by CRS for parishes (link below)


Fr. Gerry Creedon leading small discussion groups.


Haiti Ministry

The Diocese of Richmond now has 53 parishes who are twinned with another parish community in Haiti.  The Haiti Committee reported on successes in their programs helping with poverty, healthcare, and education.  The Shalom Fund has been established to offer scholarships to students performing well in school, and just awarded funding to 15 students who will keep getting continued support, as long as grades remain in good standing.  JustHaiti coffee was served and sold at this event, which offers fair trade coffee supporting funding back to the local growers.  The Church of the Incarnation has a twinning project in Haiti with the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Incarnation, and have built a school, health clinic, and now support chicken farming which have enriched the community to help them be self-sustaining.


Hispanic Ministry

There was a very good panel discussion on how parishes can help to bridge the divisions between Latino and Anglo parishioners within a parish.  Daniel Villar from the Diocese of Richmond’s Hispanic ministry recommended we need to help educate and understand each other’s cultures and to work toward integration not assimilation.  The conference offered simultaneous Spanish translations for attendees wearing a radio headset, and a variety of the conference talks were held in Spanish.  Fr. John Converset (Comboni missionary priest) also offered a wonderful talk about “Caring for God’s Creation” and his work with both in Latin America and Africa.

Many resources offered by many ministries and support organizations at conference.

Many resources offered by many ministries and support organizations at conference.



Catholic Charities USA

Office of Social Ministries – Diocese of Richmond

Catholic Relief Services – CRS Resource Center

Haiti Ministry – Office of Social Ministries – Diocese of Richmond

Hispanic Ministry – Diocese of Richmond

Communities of Salt & Light (USCCB)

Diocese of Richmond Global Partnership Handbook

Parish Social Ministries Handbook – Catholic Charities USA

JustHaiti Coffee

Catholics Mobilizing Network


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Footprints for Peace


This past weekend, my parish–Church of the Incarnation, hosted a group called Footprints for Peace.  They are marching, running, and cycling from the nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to the UN Building in New York City, and stopped in Charlottesville overnight for refreshment and fellowship.  Footprints for Peace states on their website:

We are a global community of friends who are dedicated to creating change through peaceful action. We organize events throughout the world that bring together in solidarity a moving community to deepen our understanding of spiritual, cultural, and environmental issues. Our aim is to educate, inspire, and empower individuals and communities in building a sustainable future.


Every five years, Footprints for Peace have walked as a group from Oak Ridge, TN, where the Hiroshima bomb was manufactured and where weapons of mass destruction are still being developed, to the UN Building in New York City, in time for the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty Review.   Our parish hosted a bountiful potluck dinner and breakfast for the group, and they shared stories in their lives of why they were making this pilgrimage:

  • One marcher was a Buddhist Monk for 40 years who was living only 100 miles from the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan.  He was very disturbed by the devastating long-term environmental and human impacts of the nuclear pollution in his home country and is hoping he will be heard in New York.  It was moving to hear his story and see his heartfelt devotion to march to the United Nations.
  • One speaker was from the aboriginal peoples of Australia.  She was very concerned about uranium mining in her homeland and the horrible impacts that have displaced communities.  She loves Australia, and wants to protect the people and environment, and you could really identify with the plight of so many people being displaced without regard for human life as she told her story.



There was also a meaningful discussion about local environmental issues facing the local area:

  • Fracking of gas in West Virginia and to bring pipeline across Virginia by Dominion Power.
  • Additional nuclear reactor proposed at Lake Anna Nuclear Power Plant by Dominion Power.  The current reactors needed to shut down and repaired after a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in August 2011, and realization that reactors sit on the fault-line.
  • Mountain-top removal in nearby coal mining areas of Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Fracking approved in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Encouragement was mutual with all in attendance to continue to lobby for issues to protect the environment.  It was amazing to see this ecumenical group from many nations and faiths united in a noble cause to end use of nuclear power and weapons for future generations.  I am really looking forward to the upcoming encyclical from Pope Francis, who will likely touch on the issues of protecting the environment and finding new ways to get power with renewable resources such as solar, geo-thermal, and bio-energy.  Please keep this group in your prayers as they will be marching to Three-Mile Island Nuclear facility for a prayer vigil, and then onto New York City at the United Nations building by April 25, 2015.




Footprints for Peace Website

Follow Footprints for Peace on Facebook

United Nations Non Proliferation Treaty Review April 27 – May 22

Environmental issues in Virginia from Sierra Club


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2015 March for Life in Washington, DC

March for Life 2015

2015 March for Life coming up Capitol Hill

This year’s March for Life was a success with 500,000+ people marching peacefully for the respect for life.   Christians came from many corners of America with many inspired young people, and also many other religious communities, colleges, and high schools.  The mild weather was a blessing that helped bring in larger crowds, a big change over the usually chilly Washington Winter.

Warming up the pipes before the March for Life

Warming up the pipes before the March for Life


Media at the March for Life:

In the media area was EWTN and The Catholic Channel (Sirius/XM Satellite Radio).  I did see Brian Patrick, Teresa Tomeo, and Gus Lloyd, who all are in the photo below.  It was great to see all the Catholic Media, but disappointed that there was very little main stream media coverage.  The Washington Post provided a half- page article the next day.



Preparations at the stage in the National Mall before speakers rally.  March for Life Twitter and App were good sources of info to marchers during the day.


Supporters at the Supreme Court moments before the March for Life arrives…


There was one interesting moment this year.   There was a group of people protesting the March for Life wearing bloody trousers in support of “abortion on demand”.  Normally they are here each year and protest without incident on the side.  But this year they came across the street and physically blocked the march.  The March for Life groups were always peaceful and cooperated with the Capitol Police who handled the situation very professionally.  Nobody is allowed to block a public roadway and the protestors were in violation of that law, so the Capitol Police are required to issue three warnings before making an arrest.  All but about ten of the protestors gave up who were then taken away by Capitol Police in a peaceful resolution.


March for Life obstructionists who refused three warnings, were arrested by Capitol Police to allow the March for Life to continue.  The whole process stopped the March for Life for about 30 minutes.   The March for Life participants were very understanding and many said we need to pray for these people also — that they have a change of heart in their understanding of life.


The March went on peacefully and successfully!


Our Lady of Fatima and Drum and Pipe Corp brought the March for Life to its conclusion…until January 22, 2016.


Great Homily by Cardinal Sean O’Malley at the Vigil Mass at the 2015 March for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception


March for Life

Personhood USA

Powerful Homily of Cardinal Sean O’Malley at the Vigil Mass

St. Thomas More Society – legal assistance

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2014 Catholic App Roundup

2014 offered a number of new and updated Catholic Apps:

1) CRS Ricebowl App:  this is a wonderful app for Lent – just updated for Lent 2015 (iOS & Droid)

  • Thoughtful daily reflections
  • Easy to use tool to set and measure your Lenten sacrifices
  • Delicious meatless recipes from around the world
  • Built-in feature to share your Lenten experience



2) Black Friars Media App:  Dominican prayers, music, and video from the Dominicans of St. Joseph Province (iOS, Droid, Windows)



3) Catholic Social Teaching App:  many documents on Catholic social teachings (iOS)



4) Peace Quest App:  contemplative prayer in a 3-D World (iOS)



5) Lentsanity App:  assistance in the season of Advent by FOCUS Campus Ministry (iOS & Droid)

  • Prayers
  • Reflections
  • Meat Police:  Meatless reminders
  • Videos


Screen grab of Lentsanity app

6)  Church of the Nativity App:  Tour virtual 3-D areas of the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem (iOS)



7) The Mass Explained App:  learn many aspects of the Mass with this interactive and educational app (iOS – iPad only) updated 2014



8) St. Francis App:  app about St. Francis of Assisi with daily reflections prayers, history, and Franciscan Spirituality (iOS & Droid)



9) Franciscan Apps:  a number of apps exploring Franciscan Spirituality




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Capuchin Cafe – a new ministry of Capuchin College & Friary


Capuchin Cafe is a new ministry started and hosted by the Capuchin Friars in Washington, D.C.  The Capuchin Cafe is a free monthly coffeehouse open to the public offering faith, fellowship, food, fun, and coffee.  The young brothers of the friary have worked very hard to convert the unused cellar below the chapel into a welcoming coffeehouse.  This special evening fell on the Feast of St. Cecilia (the patron saint of music and musicians) and the vigil of the great Feast of Christ Our King, so it started with Adoration and a beautiful worship and praise service including inspiring preaching from Fr. Paul Dressler, the Director of Formation of the Capuchin College & Friary.


The Capuchin Friars have a wonderful band that got everyone singing at the top of their lungs, and packed the chapel with neighbors of “Little Rome” which is in the middle of Catholic University and surrounded by many religious communities who joined together in the celebrations and praise.


Cleanse and Fill Your Soul

During the coffeehouse, there were also four priest available for confessions using the confessionals upstairs.  This coffeehouse was a wonderful place of sharing in conversation, hugs, and joyous singing, with smiles seen in every corner of the coffeehouse.  Outside in the courtyard, many young people also enjoyed the fire pit engaged in conversations and laughter.  Inside the Capuchin Cafe , the friars from the Dominican House of Studies played on the new stage and sound-system with the band called the Hillbilly Thomists.  These Dominicans rocked the cafe and had everyone clapping and singing along.




Some of the brothers showed off their baking skills, by providing hospitality with Capuchin gingerbread men, scones, and pastries in addition to the wonderful coffee served at this new coffeehouse.  A group of young women from the Cap Corp Volunteers also helped in running the Cafe.  These young ladies live in an intentional community nearby and serve as volunteers helping the Capuchin order with works of mercy in the community.


Fr. Paul Dressler closed the evening with a moving prayer, and we all sang the Salve Regina.  What a wonderful gathering and I encourage you to go experience Capuchin Cafe for some inspiring Franciscan hospitality and spirituality.





MORE GREAT PHOTOS by Brother Matt Hindelang, OFM Cap.

Note:  Capuchin College and Friary is currently working on a new website, that will be shared in a future blog and will include the Capuchin Cafe schedule.

If you are interested in the Capuchin Order of Franciscans, please contact:

Fr. Paul Dressler, O.F.M. Capuchin

Director of Formation, Capuchin College

4121 Harewood Road, N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20017

(202) 529-2188  x157




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