• Tweets from Pope Francis

This year I want to dedicate World Communications Day to the theme of storytelling. In order not to get lost, we must make the truth of good stories our own. Stories that build up and help us find our roots and the strength to move forward together. vatican.va/content/france…

Ecumenical hospitality requires a willingness to listen to other Christians, paying attention to their personal stories of faith and to the history of their community.

Working together to practice hospitality, especially towards those whose lives are most vulnerable, will make us better human beings, better disciples, and a more united Christian people. #General Audience

This year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is dedicated to the theme of hospitality. #GeneralAudience

Through Baptism, we Christians are all anointed by the election of the Lord, and this is a pure gift. Today let us ask the Holy Spirit to be able to preserve this gift with faithfulness. This is Christian holiness. #HomilySantaMarta

Being Christian does not mean defending yourself with an ideology in order to move forward. To be Christian is to be free, because we have confidence, because we are docile to the Word of the Lord. #HomilySantaMarta

Let us pause at #GospelofToday (John 1,29-34), perhaps even contemplating an icon of Christ, Son of God made lamb, to free us from evil. Yes, we are still poor sinners but not slaves, no, but children, children of God!

Whoever has faith feels a great need for God and, in our own smallness, we surrender ourselves, trusting fully in Him.

Jesus looks at the paralytic and focuses on what is essential: "Your sins are forgiven". Physical health is a gift that we must preserve but the Lord teaches us that we must also preserve the health of the heart, spiritual health. #HomilySantaMarta

The Lord has so much compassion, He involves Himself in our problems. Let us often repeat this simple prayer: Lord, I am a sinner, have mercy on me, have compassion for me. #HomilySantaMarta

May the Holy Spirit revive in each of us the call to be courageous and joyful evangelizers. #GeneralAudience

Jesus had authority because there was consistency in what he taught and what he did, in how he lived. Authority is seen in this: consistency and witness. #HomilySantaMarta

In the Christian life, it is not enough to be knowledgeable: unless we step out of ourselves, unless we worship, we cannot not know God. Christian life is a love story with God.

On the Feast of the #BaptismoftheLord, we rediscover our Baptism. Just as Jesus is the Father’s beloved Son, we too, reborn by water and the Holy Spirit, know that we are beloved children of God, brothers and sisters among many other brothers and sisters.

In worship, we make it possible for the Lord to transform us by His love, to kindle light amid our darkness, to grant us strength in weakness and courage amid trials.

Worship means going to Jesus without a list of petitions, but with one request alone: to abide with Him. In worship, we allow Jesus to heal and change us.

Worship means bending low before the Most High and to discover in His presence that life’s greatness does not consist in having, but in loving.

In worship, we learn to reject what should not be worshiped: the god of money, the god of consumerism, the god of pleasure, the god of success, the god of self.

Hope is not utopian and peace is a good that can always be attained. w2.vatican.va/content/france…

If we have no peace in our hearts, how can we think there will be peace in the world? Let's try to remain in the Lord, and the way to do so is to love, and to love in little things. #HomilySantaMarta

Worship means bringing our lives to the Lord, and allowing Him enter into them. It means letting His consolation come down to earth, and letting ourselves be pervaded by His tender love.

Worship involves making an exodus from the greatest form of bondage: slavery to oneself. Worship means putting the Lord at the centre, not ourselves.

So many people live without knowing what goes on in their hearts. We ask for the grace to remain in the Lord and to distinguish the Spirit of God from the spirit of the world, so that our heart may be the meeting point between God and us. #HomilySantaMarta

I address a special thought to the brothers of the Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, who today celebrate the Lord's Christmas. To all I wish the light and peace of Christ the Saviour.

In worshiping, we too will discover, like the Magi, the meaning of our journey. And like the Magi, we too will experience “a great joy” (Mt 2:10).

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

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

Have you explored our new diocesan website? portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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

On this Peace Sunday, let’s pray especially for the land of Christ’s birth - and for peace, justice and reconciliation across the whole region of the Middle East.

test Twitter Media - On this Peace Sunday, let’s pray especially for the land of Christ’s birth - and for peace, justice and reconciliation across the whole region of the Middle East. https://t.co/CyiWNC2agw

We begin today the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians. Let’s keep this special intention in our prayers this week. Indeed, today let’s pray for Bishop Christopher and for the clergy and people of our Anglican sister Diocese of Portsmouth.

test Twitter Media - We begin today the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians. Let’s keep this special intention in our prayers this week. Indeed, today let’s pray for Bishop Christopher and for the clergy and people of our Anglican sister Diocese of Portsmouth. https://t.co/HPvu0y0l42

I’ve just started reading this latest fascinating book from Callum Brown on how in three generations churchgoing and religious belief have become utterly alien to millions in society, many losing their religion and living lives as if there is no God.

test Twitter Media - I’ve just started reading this latest fascinating book from Callum Brown on how in three generations churchgoing and religious belief have become utterly alien to millions in society, many losing their religion and living lives as if there is no God. https://t.co/50sRSZuReW

We watched “The Two Popes” the other night. I must say, I really enjoyed it, though it felt a bit skewed. Bishop Robert Barron has an insightful comment in this week’s Catholic Herald: catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/bisho…

test Twitter Media - We watched “The Two Popes” the other night. I must say, I really enjoyed it, though it felt a bit skewed. Bishop Robert Barron has an insightful comment in this week’s Catholic Herald: https://t.co/izqHLOsOGS https://t.co/0Y2fyGZ956

Welcome to this week’s e-News. There's important announcements about a Day of Prayer and Reparation for the Sins of Sexual Abuse within the Church on the First Sunday of Lent, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins on Saturday and much more... mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week’s e-News. There's important announcements about a Day of Prayer and Reparation for the Sins of Sexual Abuse within the Church on the First Sunday of Lent, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins on Saturday and much more...
https://t.co/xcbRNau4Zo https://t.co/kcthyohTAe

The Church now returns to the green of Ordinary Time (OT), a symbol of new life and hope in Christ risen. (I’m not keen on term “OT” used in English versions of the Missal: how can any time be “ordinary” after the Resurrection?!?)

test Twitter Media - The Church now returns to the green of Ordinary Time (OT), a symbol of new life and hope in Christ risen. (I’m not keen on term “OT” used in English versions of the Missal: how can any time be “ordinary” after the Resurrection?!?) https://t.co/o1Q2H9Pdju

I want to invite you to the Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent (1st March) for a Day of Prayer and Reparation for the sins of sexual abuse committed by and against members of the Church, especially children and vulnerable adults. More on this anon - but please save the date!

test Twitter Media - I want to invite you to the Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent (1st March) for a Day of Prayer and Reparation for the sins of sexual abuse committed by and against members of the Church, especially children and vulnerable adults. More on this anon - but please save the date! https://t.co/juxv6tSTed

Let’s pray today for our FOCUS missionaries working in our Southampton University Chaplaincy. There’s a great article about FOCUS in this week’s Catholic Herald: catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/a-rap…

test Twitter Media - Let’s pray today for our FOCUS missionaries working in our Southampton University Chaplaincy. There’s a great article about FOCUS in this week’s Catholic Herald: https://t.co/zWfrfSxu0o https://t.co/IBN4Li6Klv

I was in Bury, Manchester last night to give a talk on ‘New Evangelisation’. It was part of the Diocese of Salford Hope in the Future Formation Series. It was really well attended and people asked some great questions afterwards.

test Twitter Media - I was in Bury, Manchester last night to give a talk on ‘New Evangelisation’. It was part of the Diocese of Salford Hope in the Future Formation Series. It was really well attended and people asked some great questions afterwards. https://t.co/c0dOl0ngAu

I’m delighted to hear that the Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, the rector of Oscott, as the new Bishop of Northampton. Let’s pray for him today - and for Bishop Peter Doyle who is retiring. In the picture here, he’s seen with Archbishop Bernard Longley.

test Twitter Media - I’m delighted to hear that the Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, the rector of Oscott, as the new Bishop of Northampton. Let’s pray for him today - and for Bishop Peter Doyle who is retiring. In the picture here, he’s seen with Archbishop Bernard Longley. https://t.co/3p9N3lX3Dh

A very happy New Year to you! I pray that during 2020, the Year of the Word, God will bless you with an ever deeper appreciation of His Word, Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. The New Year brings joyful news from our sister diocese of Bamenda - see inside: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue258…

test Twitter Media - A very happy New Year to you! I pray that during 2020, the Year of the Word, God will bless you with an ever deeper appreciation of His Word, Jesus Christ in the Scriptures. The New Year brings joyful news from our sister diocese of Bamenda - see inside: https://t.co/LOpgd9UE1i https://t.co/vqASfn5QAP

Today we had our Bishops Office New Year lunch - very good fun! In the picture, my thanks to Fr Phil, Deacon Craig, Kirsten and Chris for all their hard work, loyalty and dedication to the Lord and His Church.

test Twitter Media - Today we had our Bishops Office New Year lunch - very good fun! In the picture, my thanks to Fr Phil, Deacon Craig, Kirsten and Chris for all their hard work, loyalty and dedication to the Lord and His Church. https://t.co/LT5Iz76EyK

At this time of rising international tension in the Middle East, let’s ask Our Lady Queen of Peace to pray for everyone and for some new ways forward towards peace, justice and reconciliation.

test Twitter Media - At this time of rising international tension in the Middle East, let’s ask Our Lady Queen of Peace to pray for everyone and for some new ways forward towards peace, justice and reconciliation. https://t.co/wudAK0rAoi

Had a great Visitation today of St John Bosco parish, Woodley (Reading). Fr Bill Wilson is the parish priest. The place was buzzing! Here’s a view from the Newman Centre after the evening Mass.

test Twitter Media - Had a great Visitation today of St John Bosco parish, Woodley (Reading). Fr Bill Wilson is the parish priest. The place was buzzing! Here’s a view from the Newman Centre after the evening Mass. https://t.co/PddCQ73YM7

I’m en route this afternoon to St John Bosco parish in Woodley for the Pastoral Visitation. It’s the Feast of the Epiphany, a cause of great joy. Please join me in praying this Prayer of Renewal for ourselves and our Diocese.

test Twitter Media - I’m en route this afternoon to St John Bosco parish in Woodley for the Pastoral Visitation. It’s the Feast of the Epiphany, a cause of great joy. Please join me in praying this Prayer of Renewal for ourselves and our Diocese. https://t.co/CqHj3NHpNl

Very grateful to Steve from schoolsigns.co.uk for the excellent new signs to go up shortly outside Bishops Office here in Portsmouth.

test Twitter Media - Very grateful to Steve from https://t.co/rd5h21qG82 for the excellent new signs to go up shortly outside Bishops Office here in Portsmouth. https://t.co/rLFqrHixFR

I thank all of you for your support and prayers this last year, and for your cards and Christmas kindnesses. I wish you the gift of deeper faith, hope and charity from the Lord over this New Year. Click on the picture for a salutary message from the Holy Father. God bless you all

test Twitter Media - I thank all of you for your support and prayers this last year, and for your cards and Christmas kindnesses. I wish you the gift of deeper faith, hope and charity from the Lord over this New Year. Click on the picture for a salutary message from the Holy Father. God bless you all https://t.co/Zk8O3CGosC