What's it like to be pope?

You can find one answer in the impressive and absorbing final episode of the ambitious DVD series, “John Paul II: The Man, The Pope and His Message,” released earlier this month to coincide with the newly beatified pontiff’s feast day, October 22. The producers asked me to take a look at one episode of this [Read More...]

Andy Rooney: "I'm a writer who reads what he's written"

In his final commentary Sunday night, the celebrated grouch looked back at his 70-year career. Andy’s part of the last generation of journalists who genuinely cared about words, and who prided themselves first and foremost on being writers — not broadcasters or personalities, but writers.  He’s an anachronism now:  an analog man in a digital [Read More...]

Cardinal who was staunch supporter of media dies at 87

He’s  Polish Cardinal Andrzej Deskur, a longtime promoter of media and communications and close friend of Blessed John Paul II (as shown above, when he was just Cardinal Wojtyla). Details: Pope Benedict XVI mourned the death of Polish Cardinal Andrzej Deskur…The cardinal died at home in Vatican City Sept. 3 at the age of 87. [Read More...]

Jesus gets a Facebook page — and more than 8 million fans

The New York Times looks at the web’s newest sensation, the Son of God: A North Carolina diet doctor has come up with a formula to create the most highly engaged audience on Facebook in the world, far surpassing marketing efforts by celebrities and sports teams. He draws on the words of Jesus and posts [Read More...]

Santorum slams CNN over "bigotry"

It revolves around an interview with Piers Morgan that was broadcast Wednesday night: Presidential candidate Rick Santorum defended his position on gay marriage Tuesday while speaking to students at Pennsylvania State University, and slammed CNN’s Piers Morgan for questioning him as a “bigot” in a pre-taped interview that aired Wednesday night. “I had Piers Morgan [Read More...]

Now hear this: National Catholic Register to debut radio news show

The newspaper’s media empire — growing in collaboration with its new owner EWTN — continues to expand: The National Catholic Register, a long-standing national biweekly newspaper, announces the launch of its first-ever radio program, Register Radio. “Register Radio will possess the same vibrancy and incisiveness to media coverage surrounding the Catholic faith that the Register [Read More...]

Will it play in Peoria? Parish begins webcasts of its Masses

This is something altogether different and, I think, rare: a parish (not a cathedral or a diocesan entity) offering web streaming of its Masses. Details: St. Joseph Catholic Church member Dave Fisher explains how the church’s new webcasting feature is helping a friend who has trouble hearing. “I have a friend who is hard of [Read More...]

"Let's get out there and scratch that surface!"

When I first joined CBS News in 1982, typing and answering phones in the Washington bureau, one of the first calls I picked up was from New York, from a producer who said his name was “Elaine Benardos.”  Well, it was my first day on the job, and that was my first big blunder.   It [Read More...]

"These news media don't provide trustworthy information about religious faith…"

“In the United States, our battles over abortion, family life, same-sex ‘marriage,’ and other sensitive issues have led to ferocious public smears and legal threats not only against Catholics, but also against Mormons, evangelicals, and other religious believers. And with relatively few exceptions, the mass media tend to cover these disputed issues with a combination [Read More...]

The Dominican and the deacon

I survived my hour on the Catholic Channel this afternoon, and here’s the photographic evidence: me with the kindly host, Fr. Bruno.  After the show, I took him to Ted’s Montana Grill for lunch.  Since it’s Friday, and he’s a saintly Dominican, Bruno had a fried fish sandwich.  I was tempted by the bison burger, [Read More...]


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