Maria Shriver on St. Francis

A famous woman from a rich family reports on a famous saint from a rich family in her unexpected appearance on the TODAY show Monday. [Read more…]

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Would the US State Department consider “monitoring” the election of a pope?

Check out this snippet from last Friday’s daily briefing with reporters. The briefer is Victoria Nuland. I think they were kidding.  But these days, it’s hard to tell. QUESTION: Vatican. MS. NULAND: What about the Vatican? QUESTION: Well, do you regard it as a free and fair exercise in electing a leader of a country? MS. NULAND: We did [Read More…]

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TV’s “The Bible”: “Hollywood will never be the same after this”

Every New Yorker’s paper of record—the Post!—dissects the phenomenal popularity of the hit cable series:  ‘The Bible” is a phenomenon all over again. The miniseries — which has been airing over five Sunday nights with its finale neatly planned for Easter night — has shaken up the TV world. It’s drawing more than 12 million [Read More…]

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Archbishop Celli on the media and the new pope

From the Vatican:  The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, spoke words of greeting to Pope Francis in the name of the more than 5 thousand media professionals gathered for a special audience with communicators on Saturday morning in the Paul VI Hall: “Once again the media have played [Read More…]

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Pope Francis sends out first tweet: “Pray for me”

It isn’t every day that you encounter these kinds of stats on Twitter: 1 TWEET. 1,991,949 FOLLOWERS. But here you go: the first tweet of Pope Francis: Details: Pope Francis made his first foray into the world of Twitter, making his first tweet on Sunday. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was chosen last week [Read More…]

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VIDEO: Pope Francis meets the press

If you want a sense of the new pontiff’s personality and his thinking, check out the brief video below from Rome Reports, featuring some candid moments from his encounter with the media on Saturday. As CNS noted, in addition to explaining the story behind his name and his devotion to the poor, the new pope [Read More…]

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Covering the conclave: how the Italian press drives the story

How does media coverage of the Vatican work?  Some insight from someone who knows, via web journalist Tom McGeveran:  I Skyped Jason Horowitz, an old colleague of mine who’s been dispatched to the Vatican by The Washington Post, and who worked a while back in the New York Times’ Rome bureau, for some perspective. And immediately we got [Read More…]

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How the media transformed the papacy

Courtesy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, blogging from Rome for the USCCB: Jesuit Father Norman Tanner was our briefer today and was quite interesting. Father Tanner, a professor of church history at the Gregorian University, said that media played the most important role in redefining the modern papacy. He gave the example of Pope Pius IX [Read More…]

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Welcome to the first “virtual conclave”

Technology is having a dramatic impact in how the faithful follow the coming election for pope, as AP notes:  A pastor in Ontario wondered about behind-the-scenes politicking ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope. He could have read news reports or listened to briefings by the Vatican spokesman. Instead, he asked a cardinal. [Read More…]

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Dominican sisters to be featured on American Bible Challenge TV show

They were stars on Oprah, and now they’re headed to another hit TV show:  TEAM SISTERS OF MARY Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI Charity:  Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.  Any winnings will be used to provide for the futures of the Sisters in the Order, and to ensure that they are provided for as they [Read More…]

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