New York Post changes its name for Pope Francis

It was just for one day but, heh, why not? Yesterday’s front page. Details here. News stand price: a buck. Souvenir value? Priceless. [Read more...]

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And now, Ann Coulter is bashing Catholics

After her remarks about Jews, should we be surprised? She sent out this tweet a short time ago, evidently responding to the visit of Pope Francis to Washington: You can read more, if you can stomach it, here. [Read more...]

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Biden on Francis: “He’s the embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with”

The Vice President sat down for a lengthy interview with the editor of America magazine: In an interview published Monday by the Catholic magazine “America,” Vice President Biden called Pope Francis “the embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with.” The half-hour exchange with America’s editor-in-chief, Father Matt Malone, S.J. highlighted the unique role [Read More...]

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Advice from a priest on how to cover the papal visit

Roy Peter Clark, of the Poynter Institute, decided to ask his parish priest for advice on how to cover the visit of Pope Francis.  His pastor happens to be Msgr. Robert Gibbons, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and he brings an unusual perspective:  Monsignor Gibbons has been a Catholic priest in Florida since 1981. For the [Read More...]

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Archdiocese of Chicago hires Commonweal’s Grant Gallicho as director of publications and media

The press release:  The Archdiocese of Chicago today named Grant Gallicho as its director of publications and media, a new position, effective November 1, 2015. In his new role, Gallicho will review the Archdiocese’s publications strategy and manage its print and digital properties. A Chicago native, Gallicho is currently an associate editor of Commonweal, the oldest [Read More...]

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Chris Matthews writes about growing up Catholic in Philadelphia

From Philadelphia Magazine: We lived in a totally Catholic world — Irish Catholic. Mass at St. Stephen’s was definite old-church. You dressed up. Everybody did, especially the adults. Grandpop always put on his three-piece gray suit. It was all in Latin, and the priest stood with his back to us just like it showed in [Read More...]

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End of an era: National Geographic magazine ends non-profit status, partners with Fox

This is a big deal:  The National Geographic magazine, a nonprofit publication since its founding in 1888, will shift to for-profit status under a new partnership with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch, the two partners said this morning. The partnership, which will also include the National Geographic [Read More...]

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“This may be the most positive presentation of Catholicism on American television ever”

As I wrote over at Aleteia, this was a media moment without precedent:   You don’t turn on a major TV network and hear talk of God’s silence, Christ’s crucifixion, human moral struggles and the agony of the Cross. (In another sequence, the pope warmly praised a single mother for not having an abortion and for [Read More...]

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All pope, all the time: Time Warner plans special channel for papal visit

This is extraordinary—and, I think, unprecedented. It’s also a testament to the intense interest in all things Francis, as he makes his first visit to the United States. From The New York Times:   Time Warner Cable is rolling out the Papal Visit 2015 channel, a sort of C-Span for fans of the pope, telecasting around the clock on [Read More...]

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Have you seen Aleteia lately?

Elizabeth Scalia, of happy memory, just dropped me a line and asked me to take a look at the site’s shiny new redesign—and it’s a stunner. Clean. Elegant. Eye-catching. Easy to navigate. Inviting. The screen shot here doesn’t do it justice. Take a look for yourself.   Kick the tires. Test the steering wheel. Then [Read More...]

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