Archbishop Kurtz on digital media: We need to move “from diatribe to dialogue”

Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz delivered the keynote at last night’s session of the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. A portion, from his blog: I believe that the Catholic press will be called over the next decade to influence the new digital frontier by carving out a place for dialogue. This may well be [Read More...]

Vatican panel approves miracle for Fulton Sheen

Details:  The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen took another step toward papal recognition on June 17 when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation has announced. As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the [Read More...]

Sister act in Charlotte

You never know who you’ll bump into at a convention of Catholics.  This morning, for example, I ran into these gals. These are two jolly members of the Poor Clares. They’re delightful ladies —and pals with Elizabeth Scalia, so you know they’re classy dames. (The one on the left is Mother Dolores, but I didn’t [Read More...]

Teen birth control? There’s an app for that

An ad spotted on the New York subway this morning: [Read more...]

Smile: 10 commandments for the digital age

From The Telegraph: It might seem far removed from some of its more sombre instructions to the faithful over the centuries. But the Roman Catholic Church has issued advice to its followers on how to use the internet – and given an unlikely stamp of ecclesiastical approval to the use of the humble smiley face. [Read More...]

Great moments in advertising placement

From a newspaper in Alaska.It doesn’t get much worse than this. Read all about it here.  [Read more...]

Sister Cristina rocks the house with Mariah Carey’s “Hero”

She performed again a few days ago on Italy’s “The Voice.” As one of the judges noted, the song was a good choice for the singing nun, because it was about salvation. The lyrics: There’s a hero If you look inside your heart You don’t have to be afraid Of what you are There’s an [Read More...]

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...]