Oprah joins celebrities welcoming Pope Francis to U.S.

Check this out, from Catholic Charities of New York, and then read the story behind it:  [Read more…]

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Great moments in journalism: camerawoman trips fleeing refugees

The video says it all: That little stunt cost her her job:  A Hungarian camerawoman has been fired after she tripped refugees who were fleeing from police, her employer announced Tuesday. The incident, which was captured on video by a German correspondent Stephan Richter, occurred as dozens of refugees attempted to flee an overcrowded camp near the [Read More…]

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RIP, Dean Jones: the man who stopped running from God

The celebrated actor from countless Disney films in the ’60s died today at age 84, from Parkinson’s. You may know him best from this: But his life was far more interesting and complicated, according to Christianity Today: For years he had deceived himself into believing that the Hollywood lifestyle would satisfy him, but it had [Read More…]

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Must-see video: first clip from pope’s satellite conference on ABC

In a word: wonderful. Just watch. ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos [Read more…]

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Meet the Philadelphia inmates making the pope’s chair

This is pretty great, via Philly.com: Evan Davis sanded the back of a large walnut throne, scrubbing in the direction of the grain, to smooth the seat Pope Francis will sit on when he visits next month. In a carpentry shop at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC), Davis and about a dozen other inmates [Read More…]

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Meet some Franciscans and their unique method of evangelization in Rome

Check out this video from Rome Reports, showing how members of one order are fulfilling Pope Francis’ call to go into the peripheries: [Read more…]

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Amazing video: what happens after you check your luggage

Ever wonder what happens to your bag at the airport after it’s checked?  Wonder no more. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport attached a 360 degree camera to a checked bag to show viewers what really goes on.  You may never want to check your bag again. Fasten your seat belts and hang on! [Read more…]

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Check this out: previously unreleased audio of Chris Farley as Shrek

What might have been? Details:  Back in 1997 a very different SNL star almost voiced Shrek. Chris Farley, who’s been in the news recently because the new documentary, I Am Chris Farley, hit theaters this summer, was apparently originally cast as the animated ogre, according to his brother Kevin Farley. He told Yahoo: “Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more [Read More…]

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Hundreds of high school football players gather to pray in Atlanta

Here’s something you don’t see often in the mainstream media. Not so very long ago, covering something like this in Atlanta would have been unimaginable. But perhaps the coverage of this story indicates how much the demographics have changed. From Channel 11 in Atlanta: Decked out in matching green jerseys, hundreds of football players from [Read More…]

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Must-see video: the bread of life, up close and personal on the streets

I posted on this a few years ago, but I think it’s worth another look. Bishop James Massa preached about this video in his homily at my parish yesterday. It’s a fitting connection to the John 6 readings we’re encountering in the gospels over these summer Sundays—and a vivid reminder of just what “the bread of [Read More…]

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