Monday, June 29: Opening Day for Vatican’s New Secretariat for Communications


We knew that Pope Francis was planning a reorganization of the Vatican's wide-reaching communications offices. The nine-member Council of Cardinals, which includes Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, had recommended an overhaul. I expressed puzzlement about it here, and I questioned how the reorganization would affect bloggers here; but I have to admit:  the sprawl caused by new media, from television to radio to print media to the new media giants Facebook and Twitter (including the Pope's Twitter … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is Going to Revise Vatican Media–Again?! [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee to streamline and modernize the Vatican's many communications structures.Carol Glatz, writing for Catholic News Service, has the story.  She writes:The Vatican announced the official establishment of the new commission and its members April 30. Three of the papal appointees are top-level officials at Vatican communications outlets. The five members of the commission are: — Msgr. Dario Vigano, 52, director of the Vatican Television Center, a … [Read more...]

San Francisco’s Unwashed “Masses”: Better Safe Than Soggy

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Is there anyone else out there who is troubled by all the finger-wagging over the San Francisco Cathedral's sprinkler system?I mean, we LOVE the poor.  We should reach out and help them.  The social doctrine of the Catholic Church, as I mentioned in my post earlier this week, speaks often about the Preferential Option for the Poor.   Jesus loved the poor, fed them (like the crowds gathered on the hillside near Bethsaida in Galilee), healed them (like the ten lepers), urged his followers to he … [Read more...]