NBC launches investigation of Brian Williams

From USA TODAY:  NBC News confirmed Friday that it’s investigating chief anchor Brian Williams over his now-retracted statement that he was in a helicopter in Iraq that was hit by enemy fire and forced to land. “This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News,” NBC News President Deborah Turness [Read More...]

The Brian Williams debacle: 3 things he did wrong in that apology

That whopper the NBC News anchor told on the air a few days back was bad enough. But Brian Williams didn’t help matters with the unconvincing apology that followed. The text: On this broadcast last week, in an effort to honor and thank a veteran who protected me and so many others after a ground-fire [Read More...]

Vermont’s “Cyber-Bishop” Coyne: “We are now a missionary church. We have to give people a reason to stay.”

Bishop Christopher Coyne via Diocese of Burlington A Burlington TV station aired this brief profile of its new bishop, Christopher Coyne, last night: Coyne described himself as primarily a pastor, adding he embraces direct and charitable conversations with parishioners and community members. Coyne also maintains a large presence on social media, with thousands of followers [Read More...]

Pope releases message for World Day of Social Communications on “Communicating the Family”

Photo from Vatican Radio From Vatican Radio:  The Vatican has issued Pope Francis’ Message for the 49TH World Day of Social Communications, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter mirifica, 1963).  The theme of this year’s message: “Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.” [Read More...]

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s solution to save Christianity in the UK: WiFi

Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2007 (photo by Tracey Nolan from Toronto, Canada via Wikipedia) From The Daily Mail:  The Oscar-winning composer behind “Jesus Christ Superstar” is planning an even more ambitious scheme to connect the nation with its Christian heritage – wi-fi in every church. Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose father was music director at a London church, [Read More...]

Historic audio: Mario Cuomo and the question “Who is God?”

The day before Mario Cuomo’s funeral in New York City, the city’s fabled 92nd St. Y has released, for the first time, the audio of a memorable talk he gave there over 20 years ago on the subject of God. The New York Times notes:  Like few other elected officials, Mr. Cuomo sought publicly to reconcile [Read More...]

Bible app reports the most popular verses of 2014

From Huffington Post:  The Bible App has been downloaded more than 162 million times, according to the app’s creator, YouVersion. And unlike the print version of the immensely popular sacred text, the digital version can be mined for data. That traceability lets YouVersion come up with a number of interesting conclusions about how users all over the world are [Read More...]

TIME’s Person of the Year is …

…a group of people: the Ebola fighters. (Last year, you’ll recall, the cover boy was Pope Francis.) Notably, one of the people profiled is Dr. Kent Brantly, the first Ebola victim to be treated in the United States. His deep faith was mentioned often in the news coverage of his treatment—and fittingly, he is photographed for the [Read More...]

On Santa’s list: remembering Jesus

A seasonal reminder from Catholics Come Home. Share this with someone you love and want to come home. [Read more...]

Pope discusses the Synod, says media covered it like sports

From Vatican Radio:  Following a series of reflections concentrating on the Church, Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday opened a new Chapter, a weekly catechesis focusing on the Family. He began this new cycle by recalling the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family which took place in [Read More...]