Maria Shriver on St. Francis

A famous woman from a rich family reports on a famous saint from a rich family in her unexpected appearance on the TODAY show Monday. [Read more...]

TV’s “The Bible”: “Hollywood will never be the same after this”

Every New Yorker’s paper of record—the Post!—dissects the phenomenal popularity of the hit cable series:  ‘The Bible” is a phenomenon all over again. The miniseries — which has been airing over five Sunday nights with its finale neatly planned for Easter night — has shaken up the TV world. It’s drawing more than 12 million [Read More...]

Dominican sisters to be featured on American Bible Challenge TV show

They were stars on Oprah, and now they’re headed to another hit TV show:  TEAM SISTERS OF MARY Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI Charity:  Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.  Any winnings will be used to provide for the futures of the Sisters in the Order, and to ensure that they are provided for as they [Read More...]

Pope Benedict’s farewell to be broadcast live

Details, from Zenit:  On the last day of his pontificate, Benedict XVI will be filmed live by television cameras during his final hours in the Vatican, according to Monsignor Edoardo María Viganó, director of the Vatican Television Center (VTC), who explained that the Pontiff’s departure to Castel Gandolfo by helicopter “will be a historic moment.” [Read More...]

“Alex, I’ll take ‘Great Catholic Evangelists’ for $1,000…”

And the answer is: “This jolly figure has been called the greatest evangelist in the church today.” And I reply: “Who is Fr. Robert Barron?” And with this, I lose. Well, I still think Fr. Barron is a great evangelist, but he himself has another answer in mind —and it’s worth checking it out in [Read More...]

Deacon Bill Steltemeier of EWTN dies

A giant in Catholic broadcasting—and one of the most familiar and recognizable deacons in America—has died. From the National Catholic Register:  Deacon R. William Steltemeier Jr., died on Feb. 15 at age 83 after an extended illness. Familiar to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers, for three decades he had been a faithful [Read More...]

ESPN viewer: “Tony Rially has black ink smirred across his forehead…”

Ash Wednesday still befuddles some people (and, evidently, offers a few spelling challenges.)  The headline comes from Twitter, and reaction to the image above, seen yesterday on countless TV screens. The website Deadspin notes: For years, Around The Horn host Tony Reali has proudly worn the mark of Ash Wednesday upon his forehead while hosting that day’s [Read More...]

The life and legacy of Dorothy Day, on PBS this weekend

Check out this fine report by my old CBS News colleague Deborah Potter, focusing on the woman who famously didn’t want to be called a saint—but who is one anyway.  Watch The Life of Dorothy Day on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more...]

Super Superbowl ad: “So God made a farmer”

From the good people at Dodge. It’s deceptively simple, and touched with a plain-spoken eloquence. Among other things, this reminds us of the pure power of words. In a media culture saturated with lightning-fast editing and digital whatnot and CGI wizardry, that’s no small thing. Remember when words mattered?  This is what it was like. [Read More...]

Two buds: check out Budweiser’s sweet Super Bowl ad

And just keep repeating: “Men don’t cry.  Men don’t cry.  Men don’t cry.” [Read more...]