Pope Francis to the media: Try being good neighbors

Think of this as a one-time GetReligion commentary from a guest who is an expert, in many ways, on the behavior of the professionals who work in the world’s news media. This is, of course, the annual papal message for World Communications Day, marking the feast of St Francis de Sales — the patron of [Read More...]

How to follow totally secular Syria news on Twitter

The goal here at GetReligion is, of course, to look at the good and the bad in mainstream news coverage of religion events and trends. This means we devote 99 percent of our time to news articles. That’s no surprise. Yet, in the Internet age, more and more newsrooms are offering — online — an [Read More...]

Associated Press: Think before you tweet

Romenesko published a memo the Associated Press sent out after a couple of tweets received negative attention from news consumers. We discussed one of those tweets in the post “#StandWithWendy? The Associated Press Does.” Long story short: the employee who #StoodWithWendy should not have done so. Now everybody gets to be reminded of the standards [Read More...]

Mormon missionaries: switching from bikes to iPads?

From CBS News: SALT LAKE CITY — The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door. I can attest to that image. Just last week, while on a reporting trip to Nicaragua, I kept running into Mormon missionaries fitting the above description [Read More...]

Spotting the sacred ghost in the era of iWeddings

Let me begin with a few confessions. First of all, let me stress that I know that there are plenty of weddings that are completely secular or, well, they should have been completely secular. You know what I mean? Second, I have been to quite a few weddings in recent years, in large part because [Read More...]

Mysterious deluge of unreported Catholics

I’m on a few of those neighborhood list-servs. One of them is for area parents. One of the members is a local reporter and she asks for interviews with folks for various stories she’s working on. Well, one of her recent stories was related to the Newtown massacre. Had any parents, she wanted to know, [Read More...]

Got news? A fishy hole in all those Lent stories

So it’s a Friday in Lent (only in Western churches, at this point), so what did you have for lunch? As a convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, I have always been interested in how other ancient churches — think Rome and, to some degree, Canterbury — handle the great fasting seasons. When you add them all [Read More...]


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