Monica Lewinsky: “I’m determined to have a different end to my story”

She’s telling her story for the first time, and evidently trying to move on with her life. Whatever one may think of her and the president who made her name an international punchline, there’s a lot here for a Christian to ponder during this season of resurrection, renewal, mercy and growth. How many of us [Read More...]

Vatican rolls out a new app

Having now tweaked the design of the Vatican website (not very successfully, imho, but that’s another story…take a look and see what you think)…the Vatican has now launched a new app for iPads and iPhones. No word yet if they’ve developed one for Androids.  It reportedly has material from the Vatican site, along with a [Read More...]

Worth noting: the pope’s prayer intentions for May

From the Vatican:  Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for May is: “That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace”. His intention for evangelisation is: “That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations”. Amen. [Read more...]

Priest behind the iBreviary launches an Arabic version, in challenge to censorship

Details: A tech-savvy priest who has worked on social media technology for the Vatican is launching a new app he claims will challenge censorship of Christian prayers in Muslim countries. Launched on Saturday through iTunes, iBreviary in Arabic will give Arabic-speaking priests all the daily prayers they need on their iPhones, enabling them to skirt [Read More...]

“Pope Francis has challenged us all to look more closely at the way we are as a church…”

A paper in South Jersey, the Courier-Post, looks at the controversy over where bishops live, including some bishops in New Jersey. The reporter, obviously acting out of desperation, spoke to a couple (cough) Catholic bloggers (cough). A snip:  Controversies have flared recently over church leaders’ pricey homes in the Atlanta and Newark dioceses. And Pope [Read More...]

Digital preaching: podcasts gain popularity in Florida

I wonder if this could catch on in the Catholic world? Details:  More than a dozen Tallahassee churches are embracing the medium of podcasting in order to push their sermons and lectures beyond the pew, and the congregations are responding. Podcasts are audio files that can be heard on a number of devices, including computers, [Read More...]

A contrarian view of “unplugging”

If you are one of those who has forsaken Facebook or Twitter for Lent, you might want to ponder these thoughts from Casey N. Cep in The New Yorker, writing about the recent National Day of Unplugging:  I was struck last year when Pope Benedict XVI, after he started tweeting, delivered a message on social networks. [Read More...]

Wow: the eye-popping pre-game floor projection for the Cleveland Cavaliers

This is almost worth the price of a ticket itself. The geniuses behind this idea describe it this way: On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Quince Imaging teamed up with the Cleveland Cavaliers to produce a one-of-a-kind projection display event. Using a combination of 3D mapping techniques and video content produced by the Cavs own QTV team and Think [Read More...]

Spokeswoman for USCCB president leaves after less than one year

From NCR:  Hired less than a year ago, Kim Daniels has left her post as the spokeswoman for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The conference confirmed the departure Wednesday, saying Daniels, the first to hold such a position, left by her own choice earlier this year. “Kim left in January [Read More...]

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day…a green river and square watermelons?

Some ingenious advertising from a few years ago in Chicago: That’s a classic example of “outside the box” advertising, and you can find numerous other examples at this blog. They are fanciful and sometimes delightful. Like this billboard for Bic razors: Or this: See ‘em all. Advertising—even something as simple as a billboard—doesn’t have to be [Read More...]