Friday, July 26, 2013

Five Things to Remember July 26

1. Today is the Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here are the readings of the day.

2. Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide. On Twitter, he also is the second most-followed leader of the world, behind U.S. President Barack Obama. The rankings came July 24 in a study titled "Twiplomacy," on the use of Twitter by world leaders. The study compiled data from the Twitter accounts of 505 heads of state, foreign ministers and governments from 153 countries during July. It was conducted by the communications firm Burson-Marsteller and published on Despite President Obama's strong following on Twitter, Pope Francis is the most influential world leader with the highest number of retweets, the report said.

3. Watching World Youth Day live is terrific. Check in a to catch events.

4. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston spoke with young people at World Youth Day on the challenges of witnessing to their faith in contemporary society. Best line: “Being Catholic in Boston is a contact sport!” Q&A with youth touched on everything from infertility to atheism. On infertility, he urged promotion of adoption. For atheists, he noted, “God is the anonymous donor.”

5. God loves you.

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