Pope Francis’ latest magazine cover: National Geographic

From the magazine’s cover story: “I really need to start making changes right now,” Francis told a half dozen Argentine friends one morning just two months after 115 cardinals in the Vatican conclave vaulted him from relative obscurity into the papacy. To many observers—some delighted, others discomfited—the new pope already had changed seemingly everything, seemingly overnight. He [Read More...]

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Fr. Robert Barron named auxiliary bishop to Los Angeles

Sensational news in the world of Catholic communications—and, really, for the American church— via Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Tuesday named three new auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the United States. Among them was Father Robert E. Barron, the Rector of the University of St. Mary and Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. [Read More...]

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Another reason why Caitlyn Jenner is no Arthur Ashe

  View image | gettyimages.com Last month, when it was announced that Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner would receive the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN, I surveyed the remarkable life of Ashe and noted: It has to be said:  bestowing this prize on the likes of Caitlyn Jenner—whose life is now a clanging carnival [Read More...]

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Number of Pope’s Twitter followers soars after Latin America trip

From L’Osservatore Romano: South America is making waves on the Popes’s Twitter handle, @Pontifex. Just as Francis’ apostolic visit in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay concluded, the Pope’s followers in nine languages surpassed 22 million. This record comes just 41 days after that number had reached 21 million. The Popes’ visit to the three South American countries had [Read More...]

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Want tickets to see the pope? Try this.

Those clever people at the Archdiocese of Washington media office have come up with a video contest: Here’s your chance to be creative! Tell us about your experience serving others by documenting it on video.  Three prize winners will receive four tickets to the papal Mass with Pope Francis and their choice of an iPad [Read More...]

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The viewpoint that dare not speak its name

View image | gettyimages.com Someone mentioned this bit of news to me tonight. I didn’t believe it. But it’s true:  The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer [Read More...]

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A great night in Buffalo

I’m pleased to announce that CNEWA’s ONE magazine tonight won 12 awards at the annual Catholic Press Association gathering, including 1st Place for General Excellence (Mission Magazines). Among other things, the judges wrote: First-rate journalism. Consistently strong reporting and research, not simply quotes and descriptions. Any one of the news features in a given issue could easily have [Read More...]

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Italian media: CDF reaches negative judgment on Medjugorje—UPDATED

Right now, it’s hearsay and there’s nothing official from Rome. But here’s what’s being reported, from Catholic Culture:  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reached a negative conclusion regarding the authenticity of the reported Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, according to Italian media reports. The CDF reportedly held a feria quarta meeting on June [Read More...]

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This morning in Buffalo…

Weather has been gorgeous here: mid-70s, with a brisk breeze. Went for a walk this morning to see a few sites around the hotel and convention center. Besides the classic architecture, lovingly preserved, I also saw an iconic figure in the hotel lobby: Msgr. Paul Tighe, who spotted me and came over to say hello. First words [Read More...]

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The obligatory Niagara Falls post

Wherein I’m photographed in the company of the Ann Rogers and Brian Finnerty, Communications Director for Opus Dei. We look like we have the makings of a bad sitcom. But we had a great time. We’re in town for the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo. More news from that in the days to come…after Brian [Read More...]

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