Great moments in broadcasting: mom’s hate-filled RSVP was a hoax

This story got a lot of attention on social media earlier in the week. The image above, and the shock and outrage it inspired, cropped up again and again on my Facebook feed a few days ago. Well, what do you know? Turns out it wasn’t true:  The alleged homophobic note sent by a mother in [Read More...]

Best snow day school announcement. Ever.

What did we do before we had the Internet? My childhood was deprived of things like this: a rap number performed by school administrators to inform the student body that school would be closed the next day. This comes from North Carolina’s Durham Academy. Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and his assistant appropriately performed an [Read More...]

Get something free for Lent—besides the ashes

My pal Brandon Vogt dropped by my office yesterday and in between catching up on the weather in Orlando (very warm) and Chicago (very cold) he said, “Hey, I wanted to tell you about something we’re doing at Word on Fire for Lent.” He sent me an email this morning with a link:  Would you [Read More...]

Want to understand the Mass? There’s an app for that.

Miami is promoting an app that helps everyone to understand the Mass better: Called “Mass Explained,” it was created by a local Catholic, Dan Gonzalez, who made it completely interactive, with pictures, sounds and links to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, church documents and much more. Want to hear the Jewish blessing that precedes the [Read More...]

Getting ready for Lent? There’s an app for that

Believe it or not, Lent starts just a month from now, on March 5. And the folks at CRS Rice Bowl are already on top of it. They’ve got an app for Lent—available for both Android and iPhone—to help make Lent more meaningful. According to their publicist, the app includes: Prayerful reflection for each day [Read More...]

What can you do with an iPhone?

This. To mark the 30th birthday of the Mac, Apple created this astonishing video. And the whole thing was shot in one day, in various locations around the world, on an iPhone. And some people think it’s just for making phone calls. [Read more...]

My favorite Super Bowl ad

No, it wasn’t the Budweiser commercial with the puppy. It’s this, from Coca-Cola. This is the longer, extended version, with a 30-second prelude that I think is worth every second. Check it out below. UPDATE: A friend pointed out that not everybody loved it, and sent me this piece from Business Insider:  Coca-Cola kept one [Read More...]

Atheists mock “Hail Mary” in Super Bowl billboard

There they go again. From The Christian Post:  American Atheists is putting up a new billboard making fun of prayer outside Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, where the Super Bowl is scheduled to take place on Sunday. The 14 feet by 48 feet billboard features a man in a priest uniform with the text “A [Read More...]

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...]