The “Pope App”: There is an App for Everything These Days

There really is an app for everything. Today I found out about the new “Pope App”. This app lets users see live streaming papal events and video feeds webcams around the Vatican. On top of those functions the app will also alert its users of new stories, news, and other interesting information about the Pope. This is part of an effort to document the ongoing Year of Faith in the best way possible. All of the bishops conference in the next year are being asked to document any materials involved with the celebration of the Year of Faith so that they can make an e-Book out of it all. The “Pope App” should be out sometime next week for the iPhone and iPad.

To learn more about this click here: Papal Events, Vatican Webcam Feeds Streamed Live with New “Pope App”

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!