Pamela Anderson to play Mary in Christmas special

That would be the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus (seen above in a promotional picture). Details: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, famed for nude photo shoots and a homemade porn video withTommy Lee, is to play mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms on Canadian TV this Christmas. Anderson, a native of Canada, will headline A [Read More...]

Let the fire fall: a new iPhone app may help

How about a little digital evangelization that can — almost literally — spark your spirit? Check this out: Catholics now have a sure-fire way to know when their religious fervor needs some rekindling. A new iPhone application gaining popularity across the country tracks users’ religious activity — everything from reading Scriptures to posting prayers — [Read More...]

Pope is #7 on Forbes list of world’s most powerful people

He’s right between King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and Ben Bernanke. As Forbes notes: The spiritual leader to one-sixth of the world’s population–1.2 billion souls–delivers the final word on matters of abortion, gay marriage, female priests and, most recently, Occupy Wall Street. In October the Vatican called for a supranational authority to oversee [Read More...]

Andy Rooney, RIP

Another broadcasting legend is gone. Here is a timely classic — and one we can all agree with — on that most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. For the curious, CBS News has compiled some of his best clips, including his very first commentary, at this link. [Read more...]

Jesus in the air: the surprising meaning of Detroit's WJBK

Folks in Detroit may already know this, but it was news to me.  The TV station is marking an anniversary today, and Kathy Schiffer gets the scoop: Not a huge fan of television, I would say “Who cares?” except for a little tidbit I heard on WWJ’s radio news this morning.  According to FCC regulations, [Read More...]

What's it like to be pope?

You can find one answer in the impressive and absorbing final episode of the ambitious DVD series, “John Paul II: The Man, The Pope and His Message,” released earlier this month to coincide with the newly beatified pontiff’s feast day, October 22. The producers asked me to take a look at one episode of this [Read More...]

Hope springs eternal: Benedict Groeschel on Dolores Hope

“When I first met the Hopes 30 years ago, I was very impressed with the fact that their home had a chapel.  Obviously it had been placed there completely by Dolores.  Although the Blessed Sacrament was not reserved there in a private home, nevertheless the local pastors, who were great fiends of Dolores, often offered [Read More...]

Dog bites man: former editor says Times is "socially liberal"

Well, who’da thunk? Details: Former New York Times editor Bill Keller sat down for an interview at the LBJ Library last week and discussed the Times’ editorial stance when covering hotly contested social issues. In a forthright admission, Keller openly described the paper as “socially liberal.” Keller, who stepped down as Executive Editor of the New York [Read More...]

Being Great, but not Good: the spirituality of Steve Jobs

His personal philosophy helped shape the company he founded — and not in ways that were entirely positive.   “I think Jobs was incontestably Great, but I doubt you could call him Good,” is how Rod Dreher described Steve Jobs, admiring his achievement but noting that a fair assessment of his life and legacy has to [Read More...]

Church and social media: can we talk?

The Catholic Church is still new to the whole social media phenomenon — and Sr. Mary Ann Walsh from the USCCB looks at why the Church needs this particular dialogue: The social media phenomenon offers both challenge and opportunity for the church. Social media reaches people – millions are on Facebook and Twitter every day. The [Read More...]


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