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...]

Great moments in journalism: you decide, we report

Media Bistro reported last week on a media summit featuring ABC News anchor David Muir. Tweets from the event reveal some of the editorial thinking now leading one of America’s premiere newscasts. Evidently it is the viewing public—which this morning is trending stories on Facebook about a man eaten alive by a snake and Bobby Moynihan’s [Read More...]

All is calm, all is bright: terrific Advent video from the Archdiocese of Washington

Hot on the heels of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s clever promotion for the season comes another advertising effort, this one from the Archdiocese of Washington. Turn up the volume—so you can turn it down for Advent. The archdiocese has also launched a website: FindthePerfectGift.org.  It has prayer resources, links, a listing of events and suggestions for [Read More...]

Brooklyn launches hip new ad campaign for Christmas

From the In My Backyard Desk … Hot on the heels of last year’s buzz-worthy campaign, my diocese has done it again this year for Christmas. The press release:  On Dec. 2, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to return to Mass. The campaign showcases different messages inviting people of [Read More...]

“Look to media as an apostolic opportunity…”

Some solid advice and a little bit of wisdom, via Catholic News Agency:  Catholics should see the secular media as an opportunity to evangelize and more effectively reach “people who need heroes and need the Gospel,” said the head of a Catholic communications organization. “Look to media as an apostolic opportunity. Call reporters, be their friends. [Read More...]


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