Has this become our church?

In the Los Angeles Times, writer Meghan Daum made a compelling observation, I thought, about the times in which we live—and one moment on television that has captured the country’s attention: Louis C.K., once merely a gifted comedian, is now a holy man. Last week, C.K. told Conan O’Brien that he doesn’t let his daughters [Read More...]

Pope Francis on social communication and “the great digital continent”

The scoop, and text of his remarks today, from Vatican Radio: Pope Francis on Saturday addressed the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Pope Francis said the goal of the Church for its communications efforts is “to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of [Read More...]

Vatican publishes e-book of Benedict’s World Communications Day messages

Something new and nifty, from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications:  The Pontifical Council for Social Communication has published an eBook entitled,“Benedict XVI: World Communications Day Messages“. The eBook, which is free, contains the eight messages released during Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate. The digital publication is a first for the Council and intended as a [Read More...]

Forbes calls pope a “social media phenomenon”

From columnist Tom Watson:  Pope Francis – or @pontifex to his Twitter followers – has quickly become a social media phenomenon, adding five million followers since his installation six months ago. He is gaining more than 4,000 followers a day and knocking at the door of three million followers for his English language feed alone. He’s got more [Read More...]

Worst. Ad. Ever. — UPDATED

  Details:  Images of the ad started appearing on Facebook pages and Twitter. And many people visited the Facebook page of the golf course, leaving angry and threatening messages. At first, the company tried to apologize and even offered to donate money to the 9/11 Memorial. However, the outrage did not stop. There were reports of physical [Read More...]

Life in the echo chamber: plugged in, but still disconnected

In the New York Times the other day, Frank Bruni hit on something that’s been bothering me, too: I’m haunted by…how easily a person these days can travel the globe, and travel through life, in a thoroughly customized cocoon. I’m not talking about the chain hotels or chain restaurants that we’ve long had and that [Read More...]

My review of “EWTN News Nightly”

Tonight, EWTN unveiled one of its most ambitious undertakings ever: a nightly Catholic news program, anchored by Colleen Carroll Campbell.  Dubbed EWTN News Nightly, the title for now appears a misnomer. Seconds into the program, Campbell announced that this was a “preview” of what would at first be a weekly program, but which would then eventually [Read More...]

Look who’s talking…

Some New Evangelizers chat about new evangelizing. You may see one or two familiar names. Kudos to the talented Chaz Muth at CNS for pulling this together so deftly. [Read more...]

Wow. In the world of journalism, this is huge.

Talk about the end of an era: The Washington Post is being sold:  The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations. Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of [Read More...]

Want to listen to the Bible? There’s an app for that.

CNS throws a spotlight on an intriguing (and free) audio app: The gentle lilt of Julia Ormond emotes the Magnificat, the deep voice of Blair Underwood narrates as Gospel writer Mark, Kristin Bell plays Mary Magdalene and Brian Cox is the voice of God. You’ve never heard the Gospel quite like this. Hoping to create [Read More...]