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Tweets be to God: Priests and religious sisters embrace social media
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Fr. William Holtzinger, pastor of St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass, uses a variety of social media platforms to share his podcasts and keep parishioners informed. The former computer science and math teacher has more than 3,000 Twitter followers and is among the many priests and religious sisters using social media to share the Gospel, promote vocations and connect with one another. 

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Fr. William Holtzinger, pastor of St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass, uses a variety of social media platforms to share his podcasts and keep parishioners informed. The former computer science and math teacher has more than 3,000 Twitter followers and is among the many priests and religious sisters using social media to share the Gospel, promote vocations and connect with one another. 

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use social media,” said Father William Holtzinger, recasting a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.

The pastor of St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass and many of his fellow priests and religious sisters see social media as helpful — and increasingly necessary — in their ministry, especially in their efforts to reach youths.   

 


Monday, July 17, 2017
Local
Priest and his father hit the road for vocations
Father Jeff Eirvin, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Portland, and his father, Jeff Eirvin Sr., walked nearly 150 miles in Portugal and Spain. The 10-day walk, which ended in early July, was a prayerful journey to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the world’s foremost Christian pilgrimage sites. The father and son team prayed for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tweets be to God: Priests and religious sisters embrace social media

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use social media,” said Father William Holtzinger, recasting a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.

The pastor of St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass and many of his fellow priests and religious sisters see social media as helpful — and increasingly necessary — in their ministry, especially in their efforts to reach youths.   

 



Monday, July 17, 2017
Church seeking insights of young people

Young people of the world: Pope Francis wants to hear what you think. That’s true even if you’re not Catholic or if you’ve stepped away from the church. 

In preparation for the fall 2018 Synod on Young People and Vocational Discernment, dioceses around the globe are reaching out to teens, 20-somethings and 30-somethings and asking about their relationship with the Catholic Church. The answers may influence ministry all over the globe, including Oregon. 



Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Nation and World
Facebook restores Catholic pages after their accidental removal

WASHINGTON — Catholic Facebook pages whose sponsors reported had been suddenly removed late July 17 were restored just over 24 hours later.



Thursday, July 20, 2017
Health care prescription? Regroup, cooperate, Catholic health leaders say

WASHINGTON — After efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed late July 17 in the U.S. Senate, Catholic health care leaders said they hope Congress will work together, in small steps, to fix flaws in the current legislation.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Korean bishops' head backs South Korean leader's peace goal with North
SEOUL, South Korea — The president of the Korean bishops' conference has welcomed President Moon Jae-in's peace initiative, saying it matches the church's views on how peace can be achieved on the peninsula.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

VATICAN CITY — God proposes — not imposes — his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said.



Monday, July 17, 2017
Vatican journal: Strip fundamentalist tones from U.S. political power

VATICAN CITY — U.S. politics have become increasingly colored by an apocalyptic world view, promoted by certain fundamentalist Christians, that fosters hatred, fear and intolerance, said an influential Jesuit magazine.



Thursday, July 13, 2017
Salvadoran cardinal: Pope sending him to Korea to work for peace

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating a Mass in his native El Salvador, newly created Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez said his first major assignment will be to travel to South Korea for a meeting on how to achieve peace with North Korea.



Monday, July 10, 2017

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