Monthly Archives: September 2013

A picture’s worth a thousand prayers

By Caroline Hroncich VATICAN CITY — If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many prayers can be inspired by a picture? Officials at are asking themselves just that question with the promotion of the Vatican’s Instagram account. Instagram … Continue reading

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Catholic News Service saves the day!

VATICAN CITY — Technical glitches can be a real pain on an ordinary work day and an absolute disaster when news is breaking. So you can imagine the ripples of unease that were going through the Vatican press office this … Continue reading

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Celebrating St. Francis, one or the other of them…

Big Jim Griffith, the Southwestern folklore expert who writes a blog for the Arizona Daily Star, has another piece about local observances of Catholic saints’ days. This one talks about traditions that meld appreciation for St. Francis of Assisi, the … Continue reading

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Papayas, Kalashnikovs, the rosary: The world of one Vatican diplomat

VATICAN CITY — Imagine every time you wanted to go outside you needed to give 72 hours advanced notice and then be escorted by guards “armed to the teeth,” toting Kalashnikovs and making you look “like someone arrested and taken … Continue reading

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Looking for linguists (Latin, too)

VATICAN CITY — Members of a small international group of young Catholics are looking for some extra help in translating their “Meet Pope Francis” video. The folks at CatholicLink are now offering 19 different language versions after this week’s releases … Continue reading

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Jesus would have been great with Twitter and TV

VATICAN CITY — When it comes to WWJD, Jesus would have been a natural for Twitter and TV, according to an Italian cardinal. When Christ communicated, “he was already using television and tweets” — meaning his millennia-old style is perfectly … Continue reading

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Notes on Peace and Justice

Women religious join human trafficking foes at White House Women religious tackling the scourge of human trafficking joined a White House summit on the issue. What the sisters saw at the summit Sept. 16 was a rising groundswell of support … Continue reading

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