Report: Vatican considered closing pope’s Twitter account over vulgar comments

The report is in German, but here’s a rough (very rough) Google translation:  The Vatican wanted the papal Twitter account @Pontifex closed because of the barrage of insults at times. “We did not think that some reactions would be so rough,” the president of the Pontifical Media Council, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli said at a [Read More...]

Lombardi slams Rolling Stone cover story for treating Benedict with “surprising crudeness”

Details from The National Catholic Register:  Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has strongly criticised an article on Pope Francis that appears in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Although he acknowledged that the Holy Father’s appearance on the publication’s front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article’s negative portrayal [Read More...]

Michael Grimm: “I lost my cool and I apologized…”

This story has been getting a lot of attention this morning. It’s the response of Staten Island congressman Michael Grimm after an interview on local TV following the State of the Union: Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm physically threatened NY1 political reporter Michael Scotto at the conclusion of an interview in the Capitol Rotunda following [Read More...]

“The pope seems to chide those who use the Internet to make statements but refuse to accept comments…”

Yesterday, Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB took a closer look at the pope’s message for World Communications Day: Toughen up, people! That seems to be one theme from Pope Francis in his annual Message for World Communications Day, which will be observed June 1, 2014. Pope Francis repeats his call that Christians must be [Read More...]

Pope Francis calls Internet “a gift from God,” a network “not of wires, but people”

Details from the AP:  The Internet is a “gift from God” that facilitates communication, Pope Francis said in a statement released Thursday, but he warns that the obsessive desire to stay connected can actually isolate people from their friends and family. Francis made the observations in a message about Catholic Church communications, meditating on the [Read More...]

The most common passwords of 2013

Honestly?  Sheesh:  Password security is more important than ever. If you wonder which ones are the worst to use, check out the 25 most common passwords of 2013 and avoid them like the plague. According to password management company SplashData, the top three passwords of the year are “123456,” “password” and “12345678.” The top three passwords [Read More...]

I just might have to make this my screen saver

For the full story behind the image, check out what ace CNS photog Paul Haring has to say over at the CNS blog. And kudos to him for giving us another one that’s worth a thousand words. [Read more...]

Questions to ask before posting to social media—UPDATED

This could serve as a handy companion piece to my Examination of Conscience for the Internet. It comes from Cara Joyner at Relevant magazine:  In absence of guidelines for healthy and polite social media etiquette, we are left to determine our own boundaries for navigating the seemingly endless opportunities available to us. Joyner lists several [Read More...]

John Allen writes about his move to The Boston Globe

From NCR today:  Primarily, I’ll be doing the same reporting and analysis I’ve always done, but I’ll also be helping theGlobe ramp up its overall Catholic coverage. One footnote in response to a question some have asked: I won’t be moving to Boston but will continue to divide my year among Rome, Denver, and road trips [Read More...]

Seven years ago today, everything changed

Do you remember where you were? Neither do I. But what happened then has dramatically altered how we live, communicate, interact. It changed everything. HuffPo explains: Seven years ago on Jan. 9 Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. Jobs said Apple wanted to grab 1 percent of the global market for cell phones [Read More...]


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