Film Promoter Spends Entire $25,000 Marketing Budget to Help the Philippines

Casey Neistat

When 20th Century Fox approached independent filmmaker Casey Neistat, asking him to help in promoting Ben Stiller’s new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Neistat made a bold proposal.“You give me your money,” he responded, “and I’ll go spend every penny of it to help the folks in the Philippines whose lives are in upheaval after the worst Typhoon in recorded history.”To their credit, 20th Century Fox bought it.  They gave $25,000 to Neistat, and he and his friend took off for the Phi … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Christmas Gift to Rome’s Poor: Phone Cards and Metro Tickets

Missionary Sisters of Charity welcome pilgrims and the needy to one of their helping centers

Pope Francis has been making a list and checking it twice. On his first Christmas as Pope, the Holy Father is giving 2,000 prepaid telephone cards and 4,000 day tickets for the Metro, Rome’s underground rail system, to Rome’s poorest and most marginalized citizens.Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Almoner of His Holiness, will deliver 2,000 envelopes to locations and shelters in Rome where aid is offered by the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and by volunteers.  The Sisters and volun … [Read more...]

Can It Be True? Can St. Josaphat’s Steeple Be Saved?

St. Josaphat - steeple

Last month, a storm passed through Metropolitan Detroit—downing power lines, ripping branches off of trees, and causing serious damage to the iconic steeple at Detroit’s historic St. Josaphat Catholic Church.I wrote about it then, assuming the worst:  that although shingles could be replaced, the spire had sustained such critical damage that the lurching, twisted steeple would be torn down, sounding a death knell for the aging parish.NOT SO FAST!A campaign has been launched to save an … [Read more...]