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...]

Wow. In the world of journalism, this is huge.

Talk about the end of an era: The Washington Post is being sold:  The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of [Read More...]

Want to listen to the Bible? There’s an app for that.

CNS throws a spotlight on an intriguing (and free) audio app: The gentle lilt of Julia Ormond emotes the Magnificat, the deep voice of Blair Underwood narrates as Gospel writer Mark, Kristin Bell plays Mary Magdalene and Brian Cox is the voice of God. You’ve never heard the Gospel quite like this. Hoping to create [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More...]

May The Force be with you…

Caught this over at Elizabeth Scalia’s joint, and it’s the first commercial in a long time that made me laugh out loud.  Enjoy.  [Read more...]

Fox rejects religious-themed Super Bowl ad

The ad references a familiar bible verse — and reports say that it was rejected by Fox for containing “religious doctrine.” Check it out below and see what you think. [Read more...]

Red Bull mocks confession

I first heard this joke a few years ago … and I’m frankly surprised that someone thought it would make a good commercial. Well, truth be told, it doesn’t. What seemed naughty and irreverent as a joke comes off here as just tacky.  And what this has to do with Red Bull remains a mystery [Read More...]

A first look at "Of Gods and Men"

For my money, this is the first must-see movie of 2011.  I read the book “The Monks of Tibhirine” a few years back, and was deeply moved by this story of a Trappist monks martyred by radical Muslims in Algeria in the 1990s.  The movie tells this same story, and strikes me as carrying a [Read More...]


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