• Tweets from Pope Francis

To follow Jesus we must take three steps: draw close to Him to know Him better, confess - with the strength of the Holy Spirit - that He is the Son of God, and accept the path of humility and humiliation that He chose for the redemption of humanity. #HomilySantaMarta

The option for the poor and the abandoned motivates us to liberate them from material poverty and to defend their rights, but also to invite them to friendship with the Lord, who loves them and has given them immense dignity. #SocialJusticeDay

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." The "earth" to conquer is the salvation of our brother and sister. There is no earth better than someone's heart, no land more beautiful to gain than peace renewed with a brother or sister. This is the earth to inherit.

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Mt 5:5). Meekness can win over hearts, save friendships, and much more, because people get angry then they calm down. They rethink the issue before retracing their steps, and relationships can be rebuilt. #Beatitudes

Every one of us has something that has hardened within our heart. The medicine to combat hardheartedness is memory: recalling the blessings of the Lord. This keeps our heart open and faithful. #HomilySantaMarta

We alone cannot satisfy ourselves. We need to unmask our self-sufficiency, overcome our closures, go back to being small within, be simple and enthusiastic, filled with fervor for God and love for others.

In #TodaysGospel, Jesus encourages us to move from a formal observance of the Law to a substantial observance, accepting the Law in our hearts. From the heart comes good and bad deeds.

Our prayer must not be limited only to our needs, to our necessities: a prayer is truly Christian if it has a universal dimension too.

Today it would do us good to think - as an act of gratitude to God - about those who accompany us on our journey through life: family members, friends, colleagues... The Lord wants us to be together as a people. Thank you, Lord, for never leaving us alone! #HomilySantaMarta

Often we forget the Lord and deal with other gods: money, vanity, pride. Let us ask for the grace to understand when our heart begins to slide into worldliness. God's grace and love will stop us if we ask in prayer. #HomilySantaMarta

The Amazonian peoples have a right to hear the Gospel: the proclamation of God who infinitely loves every man and woman, and has revealed this love fully in Jesus Christ, crucified for us and risen in our lives. #QueridaAmazonia

I dream of Christian communities capable of generous commitment, incarnate in the Amazon region, and giving the Church new faces with Amazonian features. #QueridaAmazonia

The Lord, who is the first to care for us, teaches us to care for our brothers and sisters and the environment which he daily gives us. This is the first ecology that that we need. #QueridaAmazonia w2.vatican.va/content/france…

I dream of an Amazon region that fights for the rights of the poor, the original peoples and the least of our brothers and sisters, where their voices can be heard and their dignity advanced. #QueridaAmazonia

I am addressing the present Exhortation to the whole world. I am doing so to help awaken their affection and concern for that land which is also “ours”. #QueridaAmazonia w2.vatican.va/content/france…

"Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted" (Mt 5:4). Wise and blessed is the person who welcomes the pain that comes with love, because they will receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit,who is God's tenderness who forgives and corrects.#GeneralAudience#Beatitudes

Jesus Christ offers His mercy to those who endure distress due to situations of frailty, suffering, and weakness. He invites everyone to share in His life in order to experience tender love. #WorldDayOfTheSick w2.vatican.va/content/france…

I entrust to the Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, all those who carry the burden of illness, along with their families and healthcare providers. I warmly assure everyone of my closeness in prayer. #WorldDayOfTheSick #OurLadyOfLourdes

Faith grows when we invoke the Lord with confidence, bringing to Jesus who we are, with open hearts, without hiding our sufferings.

Painful reports are still emerging from #Syria regarding the conditions facing women and children, as people are forced to flee the war. I renew my appeal to all parties involved to engage in dialogue and to respect Humanitarian Law in order to safeguard the lives of civilians.

In the #GospelOfTheDay (Mt 5:13-16), Jesus calls His disciples to be salt and light in the world. The person who lives and spreads the grace of Christ is salt. The person who lets the Gospel shine with good deeds is light.

Together against trafficking. Only together can we defeat this scourge and protect the victims. Prayer is the strength that sustains our commitment. #PrayAgainstTrafficking

Saint Bakhita, patron saint of victims of trafficking, faced the pain of slavery and witnessed the freedom and joy of encountering the Lord. Let us pray that all may live this joy and break the chains of slavery. #PrayAgainstTrafficking

Both John the Baptist, who is the greatest man born of woman, and the Son of God have chosen the path of humiliation. God shows this path to Christians so they can move forward. One cannot be humble without having suffered humiliation. #HomilySantaMarta

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Please pray for Bishop Andrew Nkea who is to be installed this weekend as the new Archbishop of Bamenda - and also for Archbishop Cornelius who is retiring. May God bless them both with His love.

test Twitter Media - Please pray for Bishop Andrew Nkea who is to be installed this weekend as the new Archbishop of Bamenda - and also for Archbishop Cornelius who is retiring. May God bless them both with His love. https://t.co/XkEup4Pu0d

Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News – and a warm welcome to our new subscribers from Reading St. James and St. William of York. It was a great Visitation last weekend there, despite the ravages of Storm Dennis! mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News – and a warm welcome to our new subscribers from Reading St. James and St. William of York. It was a great Visitation last weekend there, despite the ravages of Storm Dennis! 
https://t.co/HpeJX4WubR https://t.co/fCO3x8zpTh

Yesterday, we had a great Valentines Day Breakfast for Engaged Couples from across the Diocese - this year a record number came. Please pray for everyone in the Diocese getting married this year.

test Twitter Media - Yesterday, we had a great Valentines Day Breakfast for Engaged Couples from across the Diocese - this year a record number came. Please pray for everyone in the Diocese getting married this year. https://t.co/xaf6iEG2vq

Just had an overnight with a group of priests on the border of our Diocese of Portsmouth at Culham Court with its amazing chapel: culhamchapel.co.uk.

test Twitter Media - Just had an overnight with a group of priests on the border of our Diocese of Portsmouth at Culham Court with its amazing chapel: https://t.co/OSR5oDJ36w. https://t.co/CxJUUuoi4c

Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News, with a roundup of events, notices and news from the Diocese for this Fifth Week of the Year. We’ve also some important events coming up to which I wish to invite you. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC  e-News, with a roundup of events, notices and news from the Diocese for this Fifth Week of the Year. We’ve also some important events coming up to which I wish to invite you. https://t.co/DBztKdzN01 https://t.co/oVMU3g7Nnm

Please say this prayer today:”O Blessed Virgin Mary, we commend to you this day all the sick and housebound, and those who care for them. Obtain for them from the Heart of your Son new hope, strength and perseverance that they may bear their sufferings for our salvation.”

test Twitter Media - Please say this prayer today:”O Blessed Virgin Mary, we commend to you this day all the sick and housebound, and those who care for them. Obtain for them from the Heart of your Son new hope, strength and perseverance that they may bear their sufferings for our salvation.” https://t.co/ausYbaVOq9

Congratulations to Deacon Vincent from SPES (St. Paul’s Evangelisation Society) on his new book “Moving Outwards.” It’s a brilliant resource-book full of practical guidance for anyone working on the new evangelisation. Well done, Vincent! Thanks and God bless you.

test Twitter Media - Congratulations to Deacon Vincent from SPES (St. Paul’s Evangelisation Society) on his new book “Moving Outwards.” It’s a brilliant resource-book full of practical guidance for anyone working on the new evangelisation. Well done, Vincent! Thanks and God bless you. https://t.co/QWhNZ2YuWW

If you asked me as the Bishop of Portsmouth what our purpose as a Diocese is and ought to be, I’d say it’s to fan into a flame the innate desire for God in every person’s heart and to direct them to the Person and Gospel of Jesus Christ.

test Twitter Media - If you asked me as the Bishop of Portsmouth what our purpose as a  Diocese is and ought to be, I’d say it’s to fan into a flame the innate desire for God in every person’s heart and to direct them to the Person and Gospel of Jesus Christ. https://t.co/QUtiDO1elc

Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…. There are lots of special intentions we need to pray for at the moment. Brexit and the future of our country is one of them and also prayers for those who have died as a result of the new strain of coronavirus.

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News: https://t.co/LRaONHyrkr. There are lots of special intentions we need to pray for at the moment. Brexit and the future of our country is one of them and also prayers for those who have died as a result of the new strain of coronavirus. https://t.co/E9T9Y7ajeH

An invitation .. to join me on our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer from 15th - 19th July. It’s a direct flight from Bournemouth. Check out all the details here: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - An invitation .. to join me on our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer from 15th - 19th July. It’s a direct flight from Bournemouth. Check out all the details here: https://t.co/cFMCTAvWZj https://t.co/XbztYwhRqB

Today, the Feast of the Presentation, let’s open our hearts to receive the Light and Truth of Christ that we in turn may become guiding lights to others, attracting them to the joy and happiness of Christ and His Gospel.

test Twitter Media - Today, the Feast of the Presentation, let’s open our hearts to receive the Light and Truth of Christ that we in turn may become guiding lights to others, attracting them to the joy and happiness of Christ and His Gospel. https://t.co/CQEYFuOiSe

A distressing scene .. Please commend into the loving arms of our Saviour this poor soul, a man in his 60s, left lying in the streets of Wuhan, a victim of the coronavirus. Let us pray for all who have died from this virus - and that the Lord will quickly shew us the cure.

test Twitter Media - A distressing scene .. Please commend into the loving arms of our Saviour this poor soul, a man in his 60s, left lying in the streets of Wuhan, a victim of the coronavirus. Let us pray for all who have died from this virus - and that the Lord will quickly shew us the cure. https://t.co/ZZ73DofdLP

Tomorrow, Brexit Day, marks the beginning of an epochal national transition. Thankful for what we’ve received through the EU, let us now pray to God for favour and prosperity in the times ahead and for His guidance of our government, politicians and policy-makers.

test Twitter Media - Tomorrow, Brexit Day, marks the beginning of an epochal national transition. Thankful for what we’ve received through the EU, let us now pray to God for favour and prosperity in the times ahead and for His guidance of our government, politicians and policy-makers. https://t.co/I30I4M0HvF

Do take a look at this week’s e-News - our 260th! I'm really pleased with the way e-News is developing and there’s a new format on the way. If from the Diocese you’ve any Good News to share, please let me know. bit.ly/2GEOlCl

test Twitter Media - Do take a look at this week’s e-News - our 260th! I'm really pleased with the way e-News is developing and there’s a new format on the way. If from the Diocese you’ve any Good News to share, please let me know. 
https://t.co/BHre8U0dJf https://t.co/OamaUkRyEC

Tomorrow we celebrate the amazing Dominican scholar, St. Thomas Aquinas (d.1274). Let’s try to get to Mass. An outstanding theologian, he was also a man of good common sense: e.g. “Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.” May he constantly pray for us.

test Twitter Media - Tomorrow we celebrate the amazing Dominican scholar, St. Thomas Aquinas (d.1274). Let’s try to get to Mass. An outstanding theologian, he was also a man of good common sense: e.g. “Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.” May he constantly pray for us. https://t.co/ylSVege12d

Well done President Trump! Thank you for your ringing endorsement of the rights of the unborn child and the infinite value of all human life from conception to natural death as a gift from God. It was a very powerful pro-life speech: see here: m.youtube.com/watch?v=3RjuAD…

test Twitter Media - Well done President Trump! Thank you for your ringing endorsement of the rights of the unborn child and the infinite value of all human life from conception to natural death as a gift from God. It was a very powerful pro-life speech: see here: https://t.co/p9Tjvk0j9B https://t.co/5EqwyhLPJ6

Tomorrow’s feast of the Conversion of St Paul makes us thank the Lord Jesus for the gift of our Catholic faith - that He has called us to be His disciples within His Body the Church and invited us into a personal life-changing friendship with Him.

test Twitter Media - Tomorrow’s feast of the Conversion of St Paul makes us thank the Lord Jesus for the gift of our Catholic faith - that He has called us to be His disciples within His Body the Church and invited us into a personal life-changing friendship with Him. https://t.co/3JbLsisc5d

I’m now just over half way through this excellent book by Elio Guerriero on Pope Benedict XVI, which masterfully blends together his biography and the history of his life with summaries and insights into his thought and major writings. I highly recommend it!

test Twitter Media - I’m now just over half way through this excellent book by Elio Guerriero on Pope Benedict XVI, which masterfully blends together his biography and the history of his life with summaries and insights into his thought and major writings. I highly recommend it! https://t.co/MTB6gKJaed

I welcome Ruth our new Safeguarding Coordinator as she begins her important ministry in the Diocese this week: please say a prayer for her. She will be working with SCIE an external partner in conducting a comprehensive review of all our diocesan safeguarding arrangements.

test Twitter Media - I welcome Ruth our new Safeguarding Coordinator as she begins her important ministry in the Diocese this week: please say a prayer for her. She will be working with SCIE an external partner in conducting a comprehensive review of all our diocesan safeguarding arrangements. https://t.co/GZEAcmr9LE