Now You, Too, Can “Follow” Pope Benedict, Get News As It Happens

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When you wake up tomorrow morning, the Catholic Church will have taken another bold step into the era of new media.That’s because Pope Benedict XVI’s new Twitter account will be activated—so you’ll be able to “follow” the Pope and receive brief, up-to-the-minute news from the Vatican in real time.At a press conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Rome time (that’s 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time here in the U.S.), the Pope’s Twitter account will be officially launched at a press conference in the Holy … [Read more...]

Pope Encourages Use of New Media!

Pope on social media

In May 2011, the Vatican held their first-ever Vatican Blogfest, bringing together 150 bloggers from around the world.On June 29, 2011—with a quick touch of his iPad—Pope Benedict launched the Vatican’s new, updated website, news.va.In November 2011, I reported about the extensive use  of social media at the U.S. Bishops’ Fall General Assembly—especially the fine reporting by the USCCB’s “Uber-Tweeter” Bishop Christopher Coyne.And in November 2012, the U.S. bishops will strengthen … [Read more...]

Buy This Book! "The Church and New Media" Is for Everyone

Finally!  I really, really enjoyed my friend Brandon Vogt’s new book, The Church and New Media:  Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet.  So why did it take me so long to tell you that you need to go out and buy it?Anyway, it’s truly a fantastic how-to guide to the new media.  I thought I knew my way around the Internet, but I’m still applying the information I gleaned from this very helpful book.Writing about it for the Patheos Book Club, I said: Were St. Paul alive today … [Read more...]


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