This week, Dominic and I give an update on Pope Francis’s health and his audience and travel schedule. Next, we discuss the message that the US papal nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, delivered to the US bishops gathered in Orlando this week. Finally, we touch on some of the highlights of the recent Vatican document on use of social media.



1) Pope returns home from the hospital
2) Papal Nuncio delivers a message to the US Bishops
3) Updates on Fort Worth Carmelite controversy
4) Overview of the social media document

Summary and Links:

1) This morning Pope Francis was discharged from Gemelli hospital following his abdominal surgery on June 7.

“Pope Francis returns to Vatican after discharge from hospital” (Vatican News)

“Explainer: What the Vatican tells the public when the pope is sick” By Colleen Dulle (America)

2) This week, the US bishops met in Orlando for their annual Spring Plenary Assembly. On Thursday, Archbishop Pierre challenged them to embrace synodality and warned them that the Eucharistic revival will not bear fruit unless it is centered on mission and synodality.

“Nuncio warns US bishops against Eucharist without mission” by Mike Lewis

“US Catholic leaders must answer the call to conversion” By Kevin Beck

USCCB website for videos and documents from the meeting

3) A brief update on the story of Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson and the Carmelite nuns in Arlington, Texas.

Link: “Texas Carmelite nun saga: Latest developments” (Mike Lewis)

4) On May 28, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication released a document entitled, “Towards Full Presence – A Pastoral Reflection on Engagement with Social Media.”

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