The Friday Five

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

Today at Encourage and Teach we’re launching a weekly blog post from me, the Diocesan Director of Communications. My hope is that this weekly round-up will give you a snapshot of what your shepherd, Bishop Loverde, is up to, as well an overview of what’s going on in our local and universal Church. Enjoy the “Friday Five!”

1. The problem of porn is real. It’s destructive. It’s divisive. And it’s ugly. But according to Bishop Loverde, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Morality in the Media, it doesn’t have to stay this way. We can and should be loved for our whole being. Read his interview with Mark Stricherz at Aleteia.

2. The Arlington Catholic Herald snagged an exclusive interview with George Mason Law professor, Helen M. Alvare, who served as the Communications Director for the Vatican’s Humanum Conference last month. Of the stunning conference videos she said, “They were intended to … manifest the beauty, to manifest the difficulties of marriage, and to do it with those … who had grappled with it around the world.” Read the interview here.

3. We’re finishing a week bookended by two Marian celebrations – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, both important to American Catholics. If you’re looking for ways to ramp up your Advent devotions, read Bishop Loverde’s suggestion about modeling the remaining weeks of Advent after Our Lady’s own.

4. Pope Francis is heading to the Philippines from January 15-19. Why not attend a Simbang Gabi Mass in the Diocese to learn more about Filipino Advent traditions?

5. We encourage our readers to follow the Diocese on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. And don’t forget to follow your Shepherd on Twitter!

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