Bus ad of the day

From my old colleagues here. Click to enlarge. Spotted last night in Forest Hills, Queens. [Read more...]

This just in …

I’ll be dropping by the studios of Sirius Radio later today to appear on The Catholic Channel’s “Word to Life” program, where I’ll be talking about this Sunday’s scripture readings with Fr. Bruno Shah, O.P.  The show airs at noon ET, channel 129.  If you’re looking for something to help you sleep, this could do [Read More...]

Why is St. Clare the patron saint of television?

People ask me that question all the time, and Taylor Marshall offers the answer on this day, the saint’s feast: The Venerable Pope Pius XII declared Saint Clare of Assisi as patroness of television in 1958 when televisions were becoming universally common. Why did the pope choose this thirteenth century Franciscan foundress who was dedicated [Read More...]

Justin and Jesus, or "Leave It To Bieber"

I confess: I missed the Teen Choice Awards Sunday. But an author working on a book about Justin Bieber (whose mother is Catholic and whose childhood reportedly included Catholic schooling in Canada) did see the show, and notes the following: When Justin Bieber strode onto the stage of the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on [Read More...]

Meet iPadre, the priest behind the iBreviary

He’s Father Paolo Padrini, and he’s got a few other ideas up his clerical shirt sleeve. He describes some of his work to the Cult of Mac: CoM: What apps do you use most? Father Paolo Padrini: Generally, I use apps related to TV, newspapers and magazines. In addition, of course, to my app iBreviary, [Read More...]

A Catholic sitcom? Seriously?

Seriously.  Those wily folks at Catholic TV in Boston have just taped one.  The Georgia Bulletin has a preview: The kitchen table where the Willits family usually eats is covered this morning with cables, batteries, audio and recording paraphernalia—equipment to start filming a possible Catholic sitcom. A crew of six and Father Robert Reed, president [Read More...]

Time capsule from 1981: imagine reading your newspaper on your computer!

Could you imagine such a thing? Check out this report from KRON 30 years ago. [Read more...]

World Youth Day? There's an app for that

And the Vatican announced it yesterday. Details: Pilgrims at next month’s Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech help in their devotions, thanks to a new iPhone app unveiled at the Vatican on Friday (July 29). World Youth Day (WYD), an international gathering held every three years in a different city, will [Read More...]

RIP John Chervokas, "squeezable" Catholic

The man who came up with the idea to tell the world “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin” has died. Obituaries note that in addition to coining one of the most enduring advertising slogans ever, ad executive John Chervokas also wrote books on spirituality and prayer that included “Patient Prayers” and “Pinstripe Prayers, or How to [Read More...]

Voris on WYD: "We prefer to rely on the higher authority of Our Lord…" — UPDATED

After the organizers of World Youth Day put out a statement Monday disavowing any connection with Michael Voris’s appearance there next month, Voris’s media operation, Real Catholic TV, yesterday responded with a statement of its own.  It’s posted as a comment on Patrick Madrid’s blog (and, as yet, not posted elsewhere). In an e-mail, Real Catholic [Read More...]