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...]

John Allen leaves NCR, joins the Boston Globe

The press release:  John Allen, a senior correspondent for the highly respected National Catholic Reporter, will be joining the staff of The Boston Globe in early February. Allen, widely hailed as the best-sourced and most knowledgeable English-speaking reporter on the Vatican, will help lead coverage of Catholicism and the Vatican as an associate editor of [Read More...]

NCR suspends comments: “Comments that have appeared in recent days have been vile and demeaning…”

The announcement: National Catholic Reporter suspended the commenting feature of its website, NCRonline.org, effective Monday 10 a.m. Central time. We ordered our Web editor to suspend the commenting feature and to hide all previously posted comments because of the malicious, abusive nature of the comments that have bombarded our site in recent days. Comments will be [Read More...]

Grace under pressure: reporter passes out on air, finishes live shot anyway

Give this gal an Emmy, stet. From KUTV in Salt Lake City:  KUTV Reporter Brooke Graham works six days a week and is one of our hardest workers. She is doing fine following this instance and has given us permission to post the video on her behalf. She later tweeted:  I just passed out in [Read More...]

NY Times: Pope “off script”

Well, that’s one way to put it. Their headline: Pope, Off Script, Nods to Atheists In Holiday Call For World Peace. The story: Pope Francis used the first Christmas address of his papacy on Wednesday to make a broad call for global peace and an end to violence in Syria and parts of Africa, urging [Read More...]


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