Top Catholic Tweets – July 3, 2015

With the Supreme Court decisions, global terrorism attacks, Greece & Puerto Rico bankruptcy, Pope Francis’ travel plans, and reactions to the new papal encyclical — I have never seen such a flood of social media reacting to these issues, and it was hard to keep up with it all.  Following are what I hope are meaningful stories that show perspectives from all sides of these important cultural & spiritual issues.  It was interesting that the Vatican Communications office was restructured this week with a new Moto Proprio from Pope Francis that will now emphasize a greater role for digital media. This week there are special sections for:  Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marraige, Care for Creation and Laudato Si’, and details released about Pope Francis’ visit to America.

Today is the Feast of St. Thomas the apostle.  Don’t doubt your Faith in Jesus Christ!  One of the most beautiful messages of Christ is in the Gospel of John 20:24-29 (Jesus and Thomas):

Jesus said to him, “You have believed because you have seen me.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”  John 20:29 (RSV 2nd Ed.)

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

May God Bless America this July 4th, and grant us courage to live the Gospel Life and prayers for the Fortnight for Freedom to protect Religious Liberty.

Pax Et Bonum,


Image:  CatholicTV airing the Mass on July 4th for the Fortnight for Freedom at 12pm ET

Image: CatholicTV airing the Mass on July 4th for the Fortnight for Freedom at 12pm ET

Top Catholic Tweets for July 3, 2015

  • Papal Tweet: “How wonderful it is to proclaim to everyone the love of God which saves us and gives meaning to our lives!” (Pope Francis, June 30th)
  • Vatican Panel Recognizes Oklahoma Priest as Possible 1st American Martyr (Aleteia)
  • Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M. statue unveiled in East Rutherford (
  • Pope Francis approves the decrees for canonization of Louis & Zelie Martin – parents of Little Flower, & professed to Secular Franciscan Order (Vatican Radio)
  • Pope Francis promulgates Motu Proprio instituting the ‘Secretariat for Communications’
  • ACTION ALERT:  Save Blessed Junipero Serra, the first Hispanic saint in the United States (CitizenGO)
  • Prayers and condolences for victims of terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France (Vatican Radio)
  • Beautiful Prayer Videos – Our Father, Nicene Creed and more… (California Network/Catholic Online)
  • Video: Catholic grandparents pass on the faith (CNS)
  • Paraguayan bishop ousted by pope scrutinized for spending in Paraguay (AP)
  • Changes in the Pallium Ceremony on June 29 encourage greater participation of the faithful (Salt + Light Blog)
  • Video: Ohio’s House of Miracles (GloriaTV)
  • 5 Extraordinary Eucharistic Miracles that Left Physical Evidence (With Pictures!) | ChurchPOP
  • Tattoos aren’t just a fashion statement for Egypt’s Copts | Crux
  • Supreme Court upholds lethal injection procedure (The Washington Post)
  • Historic meeting between pope and patriarch could be near (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Milwaukee Art Museum’s embrace of condom portrait of pope draws disgust (Journal Sentinel)
  • Katy Perry and Elderly Nuns Fighting For Control Of Spectacular Los Feliz Convent (Curbed LA)
  • Short Video: Stir into flame the gift of god (Archdiocese of Cincinnati)
  • Vatican details of pope’s trip July 5-12 to South America (CNS)
  • These nuns are making the Pope’s vestments for his Ecuador visit on July 6-7 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • The Catholic Church in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay (
  • Chewed or brewed: A brief history of Popes and coca leaves :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for July (
  • Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance | CNS top stories
  • Blessed Alberione’s Prayer before Using Social Media (Sister Anne Flanagan, D.S.P.) Nun Blog
  • 10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules (
  • Buddhists, Catholics call for closer cooperation on shared values (Vatican Radio)
  • ‘He’s Jesus Christ’: Doctor who works where others have fled is driven by his Catholic faith | Crux
  • Mosque aids Catholic church that was vandalized (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • Kudos to Archdiocese of Cincinnati as it launches Food for All campaign | Catholic Telegraph
  • The Pope expresses his closeness to Greece in time of crisis (Vatican Radio)
  • Junipero Serra: saint or not? | National Catholic Reporter (to be canonized in Washington DC on Sept. 23rd)
  • Why Junipero Serra’s canonization is important for the new evangelization (CNA)
  • Supreme Court Protects Pennsylvania Charities from HHS Mandate (
  • Lou Holtz Rocks It at Franciscan U #Steubenville (Lisa Hendey – Patheos)
  • Display of Flags in Catholic Churches (USCCB)
  • Video: How to Make It to the Doors of Heaven (Aleteia)
  • Pakistani Blasphemy Law: It is illegal to send a text message that reads ‘Jesus’ (Rome Reports)
  • Pontifical University Plans to Offer Degree in Child Protection by 2016 (
  • The Episcopal Church approves religious weddings for gay couples after controversial debate (The Washington Post)
  • Prayers for Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill 97 people in Nigeria attack (Reuters)
  • NEW Fund that supports the rescue of Middle Eastern Christians in Iraq & Syria (The Cradle Fund)

Many Stories and Opinions on the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage:

  • Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US by a 5-4 decision (CNA)
  • How Should Christians Respond to the Court’s Decision on Same-Sex Marriage? (Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M – America Magazine)
  • Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Decision (Fr. Sean Sheridan, T.O.R. – Franciscan University of Steubenville)
  • Things Are Going to Get Very Tough, Very Quickly, for the Church and Her Allies (Monsignor Charles Pope –
  • A disappointing decision by the Supreme Court (Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap. Blog)
  • Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine ( for Catholic Youth)
  • Statement by Virginia’s Bishops Paul S. Loverde & Francis X. DiLorenzo on Supreme Court Marriage Decision (VCC)
  • Atlanta archbishop responds to US Supreme Court decision (Georgia Bulletin)
  • Detroit-area Catholic leaders urge gay marriage supporters to skip Communion (Detroit Free Press)
  • What the Catholic Church does (and does not) teach about same-sex marriage (Jennifer Manning – CNA)
  • Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President USCCB
  • Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions (TIME)
  • 13 Powerful Pope Francis Quotes Defending Marriage and the Family | ChurchPOP
  • Stephen Colbert Roasts Justice Scalia – Then Dares Him To Be a Guest on The ‘Late Show’ | Alternet
  • Gay Marriage, Love, and Lessons from Canada (Lisa Mladinich – Amazing Catechists)
  • We’ve Been Here Before: Marriage and the Room of Tears (Fr. Robert Barron – Word On Fire)
  • Video: Archbishop Cupich on SCOTUS rulings (CNS)
  • In Times Like these…A scriptural guide to for those who live in troubled and confused times. (Monsignor Charles Pope)
  • List of Christian denominational positions on homosexuality – not complete w/ 41K Christian denominations (Wikipedia)
  • LGBT Catholics: An Interview w Arthur Fitzmaurice (America Media)
  • The Great Marriage Martyrs: 8 Hero-Saints Who Can Inspire Us Today (ChurchPOP)
  • How Will Kids Respond to Gay Marriage? (Video) : 5 Truths To Teach Your Children (Catholic Link)
  • Oregon Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbians & fines of $135,000 (The Daily Signal)
  • Video: Fr. Barron on the SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling (Word On Fire)

White House celebrates Supreme Court decision by lighting White House & changing Social Media logos with rainbow colors.

Care for Creation & Laudato Si’


  • Franciscan superior: With “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis asks us to take a step forward and act (Rome Reports)
  • Lex credendi, lex vivendi: A response to Laudato Si’ (Sister Ilea Delio, O.S.F. – Global Sisters Report)
  • Laudato Si’ presents three shifts in Church teaching, says Catholic environmentalist (Vatican Radio)
  • The Dalai Lama Endorses Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical (Alternet)
  • Good Infographics: What’s Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise (Bloomberg)
  • Video: The #LaudatoWay: Five lifestyle changes you can make today (CNA)
  • Pope applauds ecology advocates in Rome from many religions (The Washington Post)
  • The Ecology Encyclical: Care for Our Common Home (Salt & Light TV)
  • USCCB offering more resources on Laudato Si’ – Environmental Justice Program
  • Climate experts and activists: Broad, diverse alliances needed to fight climate change (Rome Reports)
  • Franciscan Friars Minor: Pope’s encyclical draws on his Latin American background (Vatican Radio)
  • Laudato Si’: Pope Francis’ Tolkienian Encyclical | TRUE MYTHS
  • Will Rising Heat in the Climate Change Debate Propel Action? (Fr. James Martin, S.J. – Wharton School)
  • What Would Saint Francis Drive? (John Clem, O.F.S. – Call To Holiness)
  • A Prayer for the Earth – text by Pope Francis – music by Steve Clapper & Br. Al Mascia, O.F.M.

Pope Francis’ visit to America

  • Pope Francis’ Official Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America (USCCB)
  • 2015 Papal Visit in the Archdiocese of Washington – details and sign-up for e-mail or text updates (by FlockNote)
  • Jailhouse is ready to rock for Pope Francis (Catholic Philly)
  • YouServe – NEW Video contest to win tickets to Papal Mass in Washington, D.C. (Archdiocese of Washington)
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


Year of the Consecrated Life

  • Franciscan Sister:  Muralist says inspiration of Holy Spirit drives her creativity, artwork (CNS)




Prayers for the poor, the marginalized, the lonely, and the oppressed:

May Jesus comfort you in all your afflictions.
May He sustain you in dangers, watch over you always with His grace,
and indicate the safe path that leads to eternal salvation.
And may He render you always dearer to His Divine Heart
and always more worthy of Paradise.
Amen (by St. Padre Pio)

Image: shared by Larry  A. Carrigan, O.F.S.

Image: shared by Larry A. Carrigan, O.F.S.


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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What Would Saint Francis Drive?

As my ten year old Honda CRV is approaching 200,000 miles, I am realizing that it is nearing the end of its life, and looking for a more economical and environmentally-friendly transportation for replacement.  My motivation is from the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato Si’, which challenges us all to try to live more simply with respect to the well-being of the planet and mankind as a whole.  As a member of the Secular Franciscan Order we are especially called to follow the teachings of St. Francis and St. Clare who lived a model life of simplicity, serving the poor, and caring for creation — through love, peace, and joy in living the Gospel Life.

Pope Francis released Laudato Si’ on June 18th — which leads me to 18th Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order: 

18)  Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.

Which leads me to think — what would St. Francis drive?

  • First, he would recommend walking as the best way to get around, and it would be a way to be closest to mother nature, and the most envirnmentally-friendly transportation.  St. Francis also used donkeys, carts, and sailing ships during his lifetime, which were very earth-friendly way to get around, but slow for today’s standards.  Unfortunately, there is no footpath to the town from my house — only roadways for cars, so walking and biking are not options for me.
Photo:  Taming the Wolf Institute

Photo: Taming the Wolf Institute

  • Second,  St. Francis would be a fan of mass transportation, but I do not have bus, subway, ferry, or train service in the rural coutryside where I live.
  • Third, if St. Francis were alive today he would really like the new all electic cars and bicycles, but would they offer enough range?


I really like the new Toyota i-ROAD, but with only a range of 30 miles and a top speed of 45mph, it would not meet my needs. Great vehicle for people who only need short trips. WEBSITE for Toyota i-ROAD


I really like the new i3 by BMW all electric car with a range of 150 miles, but rule this one out with a hefty price tag of $42,000.  Need some money to be able to help the poor!

BMW Website for i3

Video by Green Car Reports:


The new Elio is the best choice for my needs, and still trying to live a good Franciscan life in the spirit of Laudato Si’


  • The Elio is only $6,800
  • The Elio gets 84 mpg with a range over 600 miles beween fill-ups.
  • The Elio uses a 3-cylinder .9 liter gasoline engine, but emits less gas than a flatulent cow over a year.
  • Top speed of 107 mph
  • Serviced at all Pep Boys across America
  • A great American business story to start delivery in 2016

Elio Motors Website


Interested to know if you know if you have any good ideas to try and live the Gospel Life in the spirit of Caring for Creation in the message of Laudato Si’ — please share your thoughts.



Links to Laudato Si and other links on my fraternity website

Previous Blog about proposal for wealthy drivers and What Would Jesus Drive



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Top Catholic Tweets for June 26, 2015

There has been an amazing amount of news from around the world in reaction to the release of the new encyclical Laudato Si’, which I have included a new and ongoing section called Care for Creation.  There is news also regarding important Supreme Court decisions, and I invite you to pray with me for justice, mercy, and understanding in the days to come during this Fortnight for Freedom.  I have also added a section for World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia as more news came from Rome about the details of this historic gathering the “City of Brotherly Love” in September.  Wishing you all a blessed week ahead.


Top Catholic Tweets for June 26, 2015

  • Papal Tweet: “God’s love is free. He asks for nothing in return; all he wants is for his love to be accepted.” (Pope Francis June 23rd)
  • Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US by a 5-4 decision (CNA)
  • Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President USCCB
  • Live updates: Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry (The Washington Post)
  • Many opinions compiled: Affordable Care Act survives Supreme Court challenge (The Washington Post)
  • Geneology Tip: All of Ireland’s Catholic Church records to go online –
  • A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Pope visits sick and disabled, decries culture of waste (Vatican Radio)
  • Travel Guide To Heaven for Kids (EWTN)
  • 1,782 Years Old: Inside the Oldest Church in the World | ChurchPOP
  • Pope Francis prays in silence in front of the Holy Shroud (Rome Reports)
  • Historic: Francis becomes first pope to visit Waldensian temple (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos)
  • A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • The Orange Cross Project – Response to Christian Persecution
  • This Carmelite Brother escaped Islamic militants by singing about Jesus – CNA Blog
  • Bishop Cantú Urges Congress to Support Legislation Opening US to Cuba, Urges Opposition to Obstruction
  • Archbishop Lori opens Fortnight for Freedom with Gospel connection | CNS top stories
  • Four Common Tactics of the Devil (Monsignor Charles Pope – Archdiocese of Washington)
  • Gimli, Galadriel, and Guadalupe: An image of Our Lady in the Lady of Lothlorien | Word On Fire
  • Presentation of the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod outlining the meeting October 4-25th in Rome (
  • Irish bishop seeks to discuss possibility of ordaining married men (National Catholic Reporter)
  • Prayers Please: Women’s Rights Group Will Use a Drone to Drop Abortion Pills Into Poland (Yahoo Tech)
  • Video: Catholics in the Muslim World: Egypt (CNS)
  • Michelangelo and the Way of Beauty (Fr. Robert Barron – Pivotal Players) – WOF
  • Father Flanagan founded Boys Town. Will he be recognized as a saint? (Catholic World Report)
  • Pope during general audience reflects on how family members sometimes hurt each other (Rome Reports)
  • Pope to World Council of Churches: Our dialogue must continue (Vatican Radio)
  • Abandonment and the Church of Martyrs (Br. Augustine Marogi, O.P. – Dominicana)
  • Pope Francis open to set Holy Week on a fixed date in common with other Christians (Rome Reports)
  • Without enough priests, U.S.-based Paulists decide to leave Canada. (The Pilot)
  • Boston Marathon bomber prayerfully apologizes to victims; judge orders death penalty (NCR/USA Today)
  • For Jean Vanier, Templeton Prize Winner, Loving People With Disabilities Is A Religious Experience (Huffington Post)
  • Dies Domini: Learning to Live the Lord’s Day Today (Msgr. Pope -Institute of Catholic Culture)
  • The Spiritual Genius of Dante (Fr. Robert Barron – Pivotal Players)
  • Empire of the Cross – 30-minute documentary from BlackFrairs Media – get code to watch for FREE
  • CDF reaches negative judgment on Medjugorje, Italian journalists report (Catholic Culture)
  • Waiting for a Medjugorje Decision: 12 things to know and share (Jimmy Akin –
  • Cardinal Dolan: We owe Charleston our love (CathNewsUSA/NY Post)
  • California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic ‘founding father’ (CNA)
  • Holy See, State of Palestine sign Comprehensive Agreement (Vatican Radio)
  • 5 Secrets of Lifelong, Joyful Marriage–Revealed! (Dr. Greg Popcak – Patheos)
  • Catholicism in the Daredevil: Part 1 (Epic Pew)
  • The Catholic Hipster’s 2015 #HilariousCatholicWeb Award – 5 Nominees
  • Movie Review: Looking Inside Pixar’s Inside Out (Watching God – Patheos)
  • Catholic Cuisine: Recipes for July ~ Month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood

Care for Creation


  • Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics? :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Laudato Si and Romano Guardini (Fr. Robert Barron – Word On Fire)
  • Putting “Laudato Si’” to work | CNS Blog
  • 10 Ways You Can Totally Rock ‘Laudato Si’ (even if you’re not the ‘green’ type) |
  • The Theologians Respond: Laudato Si (America Media)
  • Fr. Michael Perry, O.F.M.: Franciscans care for the environment and promote peace (Vatican Radio)
  • Franciscan Friars Energized by Pope’s Encyclical (The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province)
  • Short Documentary – “WASTE” regading world-wide food waste
  • Video: Fr. Robert Sirico responds to Laudato Si’ (Acton Institute)
  • Video: Cardinal Donald Wuerl responds to Rush Limbaugh on climate change on Fox News Sunday
  • Video:  Where did the Pope’s new Eco-Encyclical get its name? (Catholic Church of England & Whales)
  • 7 Surprising Ways that Pope Francis’ Encyclical is Calling You to Change (Aleteia)
  • Ignatius Press discussion of Laudato Si’ – YouTube
  • One Earth One Human Family – March to St. Peter’s Square on Sunday June 28th thanking Pope Francis for new encyclical
  • Why Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion souls, cares about saving the material world (Keith Warner, O.F.M.)
  • The Relationship between Science and Religion According to “Laudato Si’” (Fr. Austriaco, O.P. – The BioLogos Forum)
  • An Inconvenient Catholic Truth (Mary Lou Rosien – Amazing Catechists)
  • Have a family, grow a garden, be holy – conclusions from Laudato Si :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Video:  Bringing Back the Light – Restoring the Life to Canada’s Temperate Rainforests
  • California Runs Dry: Water Crisis Has Ecological, Economic and Spiritual Dimensions (
  • Good Infographics: What’s Really Warming the World? Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise


#CultivatingCreation Campaign by the Archdiocese of Washington – website


Year of the Consecrated Life

  • Welcome! – new video series (Brother Casey Cole, O.F.M. – Breaking in the Habit)
  • Video Gospel reflection: Patience (Brother Casey Cole, O.F.M. – Breaking the Habit)
  • Sister of Charity’s ministry has always involved serving the vulnerable (NCR)
  • The Mystery of Being a Priest (Monsignor Charles Pope – Archdiocese of Washington)
  • At 93, the identical twin Lastrapes sisters celebrate 75 years as nuns (The New Orleans Advocate)


World Meeting of Families

  • Hot topics at the World Meeting of Families (CNS)
  • NEW Website: Philadelphia Shrines team-up in preparation for pilgrims from Pope Francis’ visit
  • Festival of Families Sept. 26th — press release on performers for World Meeting of Families 2015
  • Chaput: Gay families are welcome at World Meeting of Families, but ‘lobbying’ isn’t (National Catholic Reporter)
  • Official Website for 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia:

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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

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Top Catholic Tweets for June 19, 2015

Video from Catholic News Service on release of new Encyclical Laudato Si’

There is so much to share this week with Catholic news, and I have included a special section for Pope Francis’ new Encyclical Laudato Si’ (Praise Be).  There is so much amazing news to pray about this week including the Pope suggesting ONE DATE for Easter between ALL Christians (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox), Mexico’s exorcism, and historic church burned in the Holy Land, tragic murders at AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Fortnight for Freedom begins.

Top Catholic Tweets for June 19, 2015

  • Papal Tweet: “I invite all to pause to think about the challenges we face regarding care for our common home. #LaudatoSi” (Pope Francis June 18th)
  • Video: Oscar award winner, Ennio Morricone composes ‘Mass’ for Pope (Rome Reports)
  • Fortnight for Freedom begins Sunday June 21st – July 4th (USCCB)
  • Labor leader: Francis’ US visit may boost alliance between unions, church | National Catholic Reporter
  • Meet the priest in Rome who is helping prepare Philadelphia for the papal trip (Rome Reports)
  • Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.: Set to be wingman to Pope Francis (
  • Why St. Anthony Holds the Child Jesus (American Catholic)
  • NEW DVD Program from Fr. Robert Barron: Mystery of God (Word On Fire)
  • Mosul archbishop’s plea to the West: Save us from ISIS :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • On the Importance of Ministry to Single Parents and Their Children (For Your Marriage)
  • Presentation: USCCB Communications Resources including details about NEW Catholic Church mobile app
  • Establishing Bridges: Pope Suggests Unified Easter Date for All Christians (Sputnik International)
  • Some 400 million lack healthcare worldwide, WHO and World Bank say (Vatican Radio)
  • Promo Video: WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016 – YouTube
  • Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land sponsored music institute for Christians – celebrates 20th anniversary
  • Video: Map of the spread of The Gospel over 2,000 years.
  • UVA Professor Finds Immigrant Workers Help Build Larger Workforce (NBC29)
  • Archbishop Nienstedt resigns after Twin Cities archdiocese charged with failing children | National Catholic Reporter
  • I’m a Muslim But Here’s Why I Admire the Catholic Church (Strange Notions)
  • DO NOT Support Mary’s Way Worldwide Apostolate (Kathy Schiffer – Patheos)
  • Video: Pope helps Rome homeless see Shroud of Turin (CNS)
  • A Communion with the Earth: Gardening and Gratitude (Catherine Ann Lombard – On Being)
  • A New Mysticism: The Visions, Miracles and Devotion of St. Lutgarde (Aleteia)
  • Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions (Fr. Robert Barron) Word On Fire
  • What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons? Mexico’s Exorcismo Magno (CNA)
  • First woman to hold bureau chief of CNS: Cindy Wooden is named chief of CNS Rome bureau
  • Pope urges Scouts to be active, not just ‘decorative,’ in parish life (American Catholic/CNS)
  • What did Jesus look like? Italian police use the Holy Shroud to develop facial image (Rome Reports)
  • Video: Pope Francis reflects on death (CNS)
  • Prayers for all those affected by tragedy in Charleston: AME Bishop in Birmingham recalls pastor killed in Charleston |
  • Holy Land church set ablaze in possible Jewish extremist attack | Crux
  • Year of the Consecrated Life:  What a Catholic Priest Does Every Day (Aleteia)
  • Invisible Friendships (William Newton – Blog of the Courtier)
  • Video: Ricky & Doris– An Unconventional Friendship in New York City with Puppets! (AARP)
  • Care for Creation: The Tragedy of Mountaintop Removal (St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online)
  • Video: All Creatures of Our God and King – song based on St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun (Fernando Ortega)
  • Care for Creation & Music: Watch This Incredible Piece of Garden Art Play Bach (Aleteia)


Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’

  • Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks (CNS)
  • Download “Laudato Si” — Pope Francis’ Encyclical + graphics & commentary from Fr. Barron (Word On Fire)
  • Laudato Si’ on your Kindle? Here is how you do it! (Father Roderick)
  • Official Vatican Video: LAUDATO SI’ – YouTube
  • Laudato si’: a press guide to the new Encyclical (
  • The Franciscan Character of Laudato Si’ (Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M. – America Magazine)
  • Video: Fr. Barron on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si” (Word On Fire)
  • Encyclical’s launch highlights science, theology, business ( / Vatican Radio)
  • Environment encyclical takes bold stance on controversial issues :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Top Ten Takeaways from ‘Laudato Si” (Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. – America Magazine)
  • Praise be to you, Lord – comments on Laudato Si’ (Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. – Catholic Philly)
  • Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ (USCCB)
  • Pope Francis’ ‘Prayer for Our Earth’ | CNS Blog
  • A Few Thoughts on the Environment (Sam Guzman – Catholic Gentleman)
  • Video: Citizens discuss pope and ecology (CNS)
  • What the Environmental Encyclical Means – many articles (from editors of America Magazine)
  • What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment (List assembled by CNS)
  • Franciscans embrace Pope’s Encyclical on ecology (Order of Friars Minor)
  • Share to help others take the St. Francis Pledge (Catholic Climate Covenant)
  • #LaudatoSi and Me (Lisa Hendey – Patheos)
  • Video: Pope Francis Calls for Climate Action (Global Catholic Climate Movement)
  • Business, Pentagon pursue climate change strategies | National Catholic Reporter
  • The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province offers page about new encyclical Laudato Si
  • If ‘Laudato Si’ is an earthquake, it had plenty of early tremors (John Allen – Crux)
  • Exclusive: Patriarch Bartholomew on Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical | TIME
  • Resources for parishes for release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and environment (Catholic Climate Covenant)
  • Francis’ encyclical is a step in the right direction, those outside the church say | National Catholic Reporter
  • NEW Encyclical: Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home & related resources (Church of the Incarnation)
  • Satire Video: Pope Francis: The Encyclical (Observartorio do Clima)




Happy Father’s Day to ALL Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers, and Priests!

  • Father’s Day | Seasonal Feature with prayers, e-cards, + 101 gift ideas | American Catholic
  • Father’s Day Prayers & other resources (Love Your Father)
  • Virtual Father’s Day Retreat – Busted Halo



Video:  The Best of Fatherhood from — Thank You Dad!

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Top Catholic Tweets for June 12, 2015



I wish you all a blessed Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus today.  It is a very exciting time for news this week in the church with Pope Francis’ visit to Bosnia, the USCCB Conference, and preparations for the new encyclical which I devote a special section next week.  This week have a section for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Year of the Consecrated Life.

Top Catholic Tweets for June 12, 2015

  • Papal Tweet:  “In the Sacrament of the Eucharist we find God who gives himself.” (Pope Francis June 9th)
  • Today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus |
  • How to Celebrate the Sacred Heart In Your Home | Word On Fire
  • Video: Fr. Barron on Hospitalland (Word On Fire)
  • Peace demands passion, patience, hard work, pope tells Balkan nation (CNS)
  • Video: Pope Francis: Sarajevo, a model for peace (CNS)
  • A New Serenity Prayer (Fr. James Martin, S.J. – The Jesuit Post)
  • Vatican ready to announce decision, guidelines on Medjugorje, pope says (CNS)
  • Video Reveals Pope Francis’ Dearest Secret (Catholic Link)
  • ANGELUS: Pope Francis: seek Christ in Eucharist, in neighbor (Vatican Radio)
  • 3 Amazing Symbols Hidden in the Sign of the Cross | ChurchPOP
  • DIY: Pope’s pastoral staff is taped together for the first time (Vatican Insider)
  • Corpus Christi: Men covered in moss commemorate Spanish town’s liberation 8 centuries ago | Fox News
  • The hidden poor of Appalachia | National Catholic Reporter
  • Pope Francis speaks to youth about use of TV and computers (CNS)
  • Engaged Couples Spiritual Checklist (Catholic Link)
  • Catechetical Sunday September 20, 2015 Focuses on ‘Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person’ (USCCB)
  • New website:  Peace By Prayer (
  • Oscar-winner Morricone composes Mass for pope, Jesuits (The Washington Post)
  • Papal charity to open night 30-bed shelter for homeless (
  • Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians’ faith burns brightly :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • “Risen”: New Movie Follows Roman Soldier Investigating the Resurrection of Christ | ChurchPOP
  • Feast of St. Anthony of Padua – June 13th (Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America)
  • Climate encyclical expected to send strong moral message to the world | CNS top stories
  • Bruce Jenner, the “Shadow Council,” and St. Irenaeus (Fr. Robert Barron – Word On Fire)
  • Whose artificial intelligence should we be worrying about? (Sr. Joan Chittister O.S.B. – National Catholic Reporter)
  • Work Better This Month In Honor of St. Joseph |
  • A bishop’s commute across the river and into the mountains | CNS Blog
  • 5 Weak Virtues that Make People Great (Catholic Link)
  • Francis approves process of accountability for bishops on sexual abuse (NCR)
  • Holy See, U.S. sign historic accord against tax evasion ( Radio)
  • #LoveLikeFrancis is a lay initiative working to help Pope Francis spread the gospel message of love & compassion
  • West Point Graduate and Army Chaplain Gives Unusual Gift to the Thomas More Law Center
  • NEW short film to unveil the new Museum Of The Bible, opening in Washington, D.C. in 2017
  • When you care for a sick family member, you are a ‘hidden hero,’ Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Praying and drinking urine save nuns stuck in a Rome elevator for three days (The Washington Post)
  • Pope pushes Putin to work for peace in eastern Ukraine (American Catholic/CNS)
  • The nun and the actress behind ‘Orange is the New Black’ | National Catholic Reporter
  • Martyred American nun could be the patron saint of the pope’s eco-encyclical (John Allen – Crux)
  • #OPTIC Hackathon & #CNMC15 Inspire and Recharge Catholic Geeks (Lisa Hendey – Patheos)
  • Diocese buries baby found at sewage treatment plant | Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
  • Video: Catholics seeking U.S. presidency on rise (CNS)
  • High Level Launch for Pope’s Encyclical, in the Vatican, on June 18 | America Magazine
  • Bowling with Bishops – and other things to expect at the World Meeting of Families :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
  • Video: Kansas City Pope catches homer |
  • Satire Video: Pope Francis: The Encyclical #PopeForThePlanet (Observartorio do Clima)


Year of the Consecrated Life

  • Panem Nostrum Quotidianum / Our Daily Bread – Friars in Slovenia (Order Friars Minor)
  • About Religious Life/Consecrated Life – WakeUpToGod
  • Video: Cycling for priests (CNS)

USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Conference

  • U.S. Bishops approve USCCB President’s Statement on Race Relations at General Assembly (Archdiocese of New Orleans)
  • Church to go Mobile! USCCB to launch mobile app ahead of Pope Francis’ US visit (NCR)
  • Bishops: Use of immigrant detention centers ‘a stain’ on US administration | National Catholic Reporter
  • USCCB issues NEW Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in Seminary Admissions
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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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