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...]

Looking for a stocking stuffer for your favorite clergyman/nerd?

How about a “ceremonial tablet cover”? The description:  New for the iPad. Now you can protect your iPad from unexpected drops, bumps, and scrapes while also displaying your faith. These Ceremonial iPad Tablet Cases are made of hi-impact molded plastic and covered with an additional protective layer of Skivertex. Each tablet case is decorated with [Read More...]

Despite what most people think, “Person of the Year” isn’t an honor

My blog neighbor Rebecca Hamilton has a good piece up today on the attention swirling around yesterday’s announcement that TIME magazine had selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year. She notes: On the one hand, he is named Person of the Year. On the other hand, he is attacked as a heretic and compared [Read More...]

Dolan: Catholic Church “out-marketed” and “caricatured” as anti-gay

Details:  A top Roman Catholic cardinal says he regrets that the church is portrayed as “anti-gay” for supporting traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, told NBC News that the church has been “out-marketed” on the issue by an array of people, including politicians. “We’ve been caricatured [Read More...]

What you might not know about the pope’s “huge following” on Twitter

Details:  A good number of Pope Francis’ followers on Twitter are overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) concentrated in Islam-dominated Middle East, a Vatican official said on Thursday. “When the Pope went on Twitter. We can see where in the world the Pope has followers,”  Msgr. Paul Tighe, among the Pope’s advisers managing his Twitter account @Pontifex, [Read More...]

“I know so many Catholics…the things they’re hearing about the Pope make them want to go back to church…”

From Catholic News Service…Longtime FOB Lino Rulli has a few thoughts on Pope Francis and what the secular media keeps getting wrong about him—and why he’s okay with that.  Take a look. [Read more...]

Now THIS is a great commercial

It’s popping up around Europe, evidently, and this website tells the story of how a quintessentially Irish ad was made by some New Yorkers. For those who are Irish, or who just love great storytelling, this video shows how it is done with style, taste and a wee bit of wit. [Read more...]

Rome seminary offers class on “Media Training for Priests”

From Catholic News Agency:  In an effort to equip future priests to better encounter the mass media, one seminary in Rome now provides a hands-on workshop in social communications. “We need to be part of the world-wide conversation that is happening on social issues, on religion, on faith – and we can do that by [Read More...]

Controversial interview with pope removed from Vatican website

Details from National Catholic Register:  Pope Francis’ interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of La Repubblica, has been taken down from the Vatican website, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed today. The Oct. 1 interview, which was also published in L’Osservatore Romano, was criticised for its inaccuracies after it emerged that Scalfari hadn’t recorded it. “The [Read More...]

Why you shouldn’t believe those reports about a woman cardinal—UPDATED WITH VATICAN REACTION

Photo: Fr. Yiu Sing Lucas Chan This report is gaining traction, from the Sunday Times of London: An Irish woman is being tipped internationally to be the Catholic church’s first female cardinal. If speculation in the Washington Post and Catholic media proves correct, Linda Hogan, 49, the vice-provost of Trinity College Dublin would be eligible [Read More...]