How did that “exorcism” show turn out?

  Variety has this review:  Yes, the various researchers and psychics who went into the haunted house — which provided the inspiration for the movie “The Exorcist” — spoke often of feeling cold and strange. But as is so often the case with these exercises, viewers at home simply had to take their word for [Read More…]

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Dominican Sisters returning to Oprah: “I think she was open to God’s grace”

The scoop, from Aleteia:  t was the last year of the Oprah show in Chicago and production staff were discussing what stories they hadn’t covered in their 25 year history. One woman spoke up. An “authentic” women’s religious community, she said. Oprah was hesitant. “Do you really think a community like that would be willing [Read More…]

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Fox News’s Kirsten Powers announces: “I’m becoming Catholic!”

The news has been hurtling around the world tonight on Twitter: About Powers, from her Wikipedia page: Kirsten A. Powers (born 1969) is an American political pundit and analyst. She began her career as a Democratic Party staff assistant with the Clinton-Gore presidential transition team in 1992, followed by an appointment as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for [Read More…]

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Colbert to Francis: “Welcome, Frank!”

He devoted his entire show last night to the visit of Pope Francis. A musical highlight, below. And, in what must be a late night first, one of America’s archbishops, Thomas Wenski of Miami, stopped by, too. [Read more…]

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David Gregory writes of losing his job at NBC—and finding his faith

The former anchor of “Meet the Press” has a new book out on the subject—“How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey”—and writes about what sparked that journey in today’s Wall Street Journal:  I’ve spent a career in journalism questioning others, and yet it was three questions asked of me that pushed me to figure out, as [Read More…]

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Stephen Colbert: making the Sign of the Cross and making a splash

He had me with the Sign of the Cross. Stephen Colbert made the gesture in the first few moments of his debut on “The Late Show” last night. And that was it. I was willing to forgive him anything. There was a lot to forgive. The show was sprawling, outrageous and wildly unfocused. But it was also [Read More…]

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“This may be the most positive presentation of Catholicism on American television ever”

As I wrote over at Aleteia, this was a media moment without precedent:   You don’t turn on a major TV network and hear talk of God’s silence, Christ’s crucifixion, human moral struggles and the agony of the Cross. (In another sequence, the pope warmly praised a single mother for not having an abortion and for [Read More…]

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All pope, all the time: Time Warner plans special channel for papal visit

This is extraordinary—and, I think, unprecedented. It’s also a testament to the intense interest in all things Francis, as he makes his first visit to the United States. From The New York Times:   Time Warner Cable is rolling out the Papal Visit 2015 channel, a sort of C-Span for fans of the pope, telecasting around the clock on [Read More…]

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Leah Remini posts pictures of daughter’s baptism, celebrates “new beginning”

The actress best known for her role in “The King of Queens” made headlines when she very publicly left the Church of Scientology two years ago. Friday, she had her 10-year-old daughter baptized. Details:  Remini, best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom “The King of Queens,” shared a couple of snapshots from [Read More…]

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Must-see TV: Pope Francis answers questions from Americans on ABC Friday

Kate O’Hare has the scoop: In a special edition of ABC News’ “20/20,” airing Friday, Sept. 4, anchor David Muir — who was raised Catholic, but no word on whether he still practices the Faith — sits down at the Vatican with Pope Francis to answer satellite questions from Americans, in advance of the pontiff’s first visit to the U.S. in [Read More…]

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