Pope on the new online world

Pope Benedict XVI told Catholic bloggers and Facebook and YouTube users Monday to be respectful of others when spreading the Gospel online. Benedict didn’t name names, but the head of the Vatican’s social communications office, Archbishop Claudio Celli, said it was certainly correct to direct the pope’s exhortation to some conservative Catholic blogs.

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May 1, 2011: Confluence of Events?

Not only does May 1 fall this year on the Second Sunday of Easter which “has been observed since 2000 as ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’…associated with a 20th century Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, who was a visionary and mystic to whom John Paul II had a strong personal devotion” but “ironically, May 1 is also ‘May Day,’ traditionally associated with the international Socialist movement, which is striking given that the collapse of European Communism is often flagged as John Paul’s central political accomplishment.”

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