Was Joining Twitter a Good Idea for Pope Benedict XVI?

There has been a lot of controversy over the Pope’s new Twitter account. There seems to be two sides to this issue. One side is excited for the Pope’s tweets and can’t wait to see what they will be like. I thought I was completely on board with this side of the issue, however the other side makes a decent point. The other side thinks it is unnecessary for Pope Benedict XVI to have a Twitter account. Some of them feel this way because of the obscene and hate filled tweets that some people have been sending at the Pope’s account already. I never thought that people would tweet mean things at the Pope, but I suppose I didn’t think too much about it. If I had I would have known to expect it. The positive side is, even if these negative people are going to tweet bad things at the Pope they are still following him. Meaning even the worst people amongst us are still receiving the messages the Pope sends out.

Fr. Z recently weighed in on the topic over on his blog. The post was called “Are Christ’s mission and Holy Church well-served by ‘me-tooism’?” and gave Fr. Z’s interesting opinion on the matter.

Do you think it was a good idea for Pope Benedict XVI to start a Twitter account?

Pope Benedict XVI Twitter Handle Announced: Tweets to Follow

Today marks the beginning of Pope Benedict’s existence in the Twitter world. Pope Benedict XVI’s Twitter handle has been announced this morning (@Pontifex) and also news that he will tweet for the first time next week. The date that was announced is December 12, and apparently these tweets will be in a Q and A format. I know that I am thoroughly excited to see what the Pope will tweet about. It is very crazy that social media has become so embedded into our every day lives.

Read more about this story here: Pope Benedict XVI Launches Twitter Account

Saint Pedro Calungsod: The Second Filipino Saint

Pope Benedict XVI recently canonized Pedro Calungsod. Today many Roman Catholic Filipinos gathered in Cebu City to celebrate this canonization and the new statue built in his honor. Pedro Calungsod is the second ever saint to come from the Philippines. He was a martyr in the 17th century who died as a teen. Pedro joined Spanish Jesuit missionaries to Guam in 1668 on a mission to convert the native people, however they resisted and his life was lost.

To hear more about this story click here: Saint Pedro Calungsod

Pope Benedict XVI Asks Parents to Teach Their Children with Joy

Parents should be positive role models in their children’s lives. This means teaching them about simple things like right and wrong, and more importantly setting a good example for them to follow. Children tend to learn best from watching their parents do things. Children will act the way their parents do because that is what they think is right.

Pope Benedict XVI recently urged parents to become more active in sharing the faith with their children. Not only does he wish for parents to be actively involved in teaching their children about the Church, but he also wants them to be joyful when they do it. This idea goes back to the notion that children learn by watching. If a child sees their parent being joyful when speaking about their faith, it will excite them to become involved as well. Explaining your beliefs simply and clearly to your children can go a long way as far as affecting them in their spiritual growth.

To read more about Pope Benedict’s request read this story: Pope Counsels Parents to Share with Joy

How do you teach your children about your faith at home?

Final Installment of Pope’s Book Series About Jesus Coming Out

Pope Benedict XVI has a book coming out next week in the United States. The book focuses on Jesus’ early years as a child. The book is called “Jesus of Nazerath: The Infancy Narratives” and is the final volume in the Pope’s series of books about Jesus. The previous two titles have been New York Times Best Sellers and I’m sure this installment will be as well!

Learn more about “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives” follow this link: Pope Benedict’s Final Book on Jesus Coming Out Next Week

Pope Benedict XVI Will Join Twitter Soon

Twitter has grown into an essential social media tool in today’s world. Surely many of your are following your favorite celebrities and athletes on Twitter. Starting soon you will be able to follow Pope Benedict XVI on Twitter. CathNews reported in a post titled, “Pope to Connect with Flock on Twitter” about the recent development. Actors, actresses, athletes, and politicians have all made the jump into the Twitter world and I suppose the Pope thought it would be a good idea as well. Not much more is known as this point other then the fact that a Twitter account for Pope Benedict XVI will exist in the near future. This is exciting news and I look forward to following him!

Two New Doctors of the Church: Saint Hildegard and Saint John of Avila

Pope Benedict XVI recently named two new doctors of the Church. Both were already recognized as saints by the Catholic Church. The two new doctors are Saint Hildegard of Bingen and Saint John of Avila. While the two were already considered saints of the Catholic Church becoming a doctor of the Church makes them part of a much smaller group. There are many saints, but only 35 of those saints are considered doctors. These two are now doctors of the Church because their doctrines have benefited the community very much.

To learn more about the two new doctors of the Church check out this article titled, “Meet the Church’s Two New Doctors” featured on Catholic Exchange.

First Anglicans Received into Roman Catholic Church

January 1 witnessed the conversion of Anglicans to Catholicism, under the plan introduced by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 to welcome ‘disillusioned’ Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church.

Those confirmed at this past Saturday’s service, held at Westminster Cathedral in London, hailed from around 20 different Church of England parishes, including three former bishops.

Approximately 50 clergy are expected to defect to the Catholic Church in the imminent months; the official timetable will be released later this month.

Pope Benedict XVI Will Travel to Palermo

“The Vatican announced on Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to Palermo, Italy in early October for an ecclesial meeting with families and young people from the region.

The Holy Father will make his visit on Sunday, Oct. 3, and after celebrating Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the local Foro Italico Umberto I church, he will lead the faithful in the Angelus prayer.

During the remainder of his trip, Pope Benedict is scheduled to meet priests, religious and seminarians at the cathedral of Palermo at 5 p.m. Following that, he will address a gathering of young people in the city’s Piazza Politeama, which takes its name from the Politeama Garibaldi Theatre, built in the 1800s.

The Holy Father will then go to Palermo’s Punta Raisi airport for his return flight to Rome.” – “Holy Father to Make Pastoral Visit to Palermo”, EWTN.com

Looks like Pope Benedict XVI will continue his travels before the canonization of Mary MacKillop when he goes to Palermo on October 3rd. This post from EWTN.com tells all about the Pope’s plans for his visit too. I am glad to see his visit includes time to address the youth of Palermo, as well as local religious life. His meeting with the younger generation of Palermo will also take place at a site that draws its name from one of Palermo’s better known historical spots.

Pope Benedict Beatifies John Newman

“Around 50,000 Catholics gathered in Birmingham’s Crofton Park this morning to witness the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman by the Pope.

The beatification of the Victorian cardinal, who converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism, is the first to take place under Pope Benedict XVI and the first ever to be performed in Britain.

The cool temperatures and overcast sky gave the open-air Mass a more somber tone than those held in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park on Thursday and London’s Hyde Park yesterday.

Addressing the crowds, the Pope acknowledged the sacrifice and bravery of Britons in the Battle of Britain, the seventieth anniversary of which is being marked today.

“For me as one who lived and suffered through the dark days of the Nazi regime in Germany, it is deeply moving to be here on this occasion, and to recall how many of your fellow citizens sacrificed their lives, courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology,” he said.

“My thoughts go in particular to nearby Coventry, which suffered such heavy bombardment and massive loss of life in November 1940.

“Seventy years later, we recall with shame and horror the dreadful toll of death and destruction that war brings in its wake, and we renew our resolve to work for peace and reconciliation wherever the threat of conflict looms.”” – “Pope Beatifies John Newman before 50,000Faithful in Birmingham”, Christian Today

It was great to hear about the stellar turnout to see the beatification of John Newman this morning from this posting put up on Christian Today earlier today. To read a full version of the article, click here. This is the first beatification to take place in Britain, and it is really awesome to see so many people coming out for the important and monumental event. Pope Benedict also took time to remember the Battle of Britain, since today marks 70 years since the battle took place.