Does ‘Pope Francis effect’ mean a Catholic growth trend?

The best journalists report what they know — and what they don’t. Given the flurry of positive press for Pope Francis in 2013, a journalist easily could produce a three-anecdotes-make-a-trend story on how the new pope with a sky-high approval rating has brought a numerical resurgence to the Roman Catholic Church. But Peter Smith of the Pittsburgh [Read More...]

Noooooooooooo!!! Godbeat losing a superstar

It's official: I'm leaving Post-Gazette 9/5 to be communications director for #Catholic @diopitt Thanks for a great 33 yrs in journalism — Ann Rodgers (@pgfaith) August 29, 2013   Please forgive the exclamation points in the title. But enough already. On the heels of Bob Smietana leaving The Tennessean, the impending departure of a religion-writing superstar [Read More...]


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