Pope Encourages Use of New 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...]

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Blogging Bishops: Faith in the Digital Areopagus

In ancient Greece, the“areopagus” was the meeting point, the arena where intellectuals and philosophers gathered for discussion and debate.  The great high court of Athens, it was said that the god Ares was tried at the areopagus for the death of Poseidon’s son Alirrothios.  Like the “town square” of colonial America, the areopagus was the place where announcements were made, where ideas were debated, where criminal and civil cases were decided.The Apostle Paul spoke to the leaders i … [Read more...]

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THE TWEET HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

Unless you’ve just come out from under a rock, you’ve probably seen a story—no, ten stories!—about Pope Benedict’s tweet.On June 29, the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, the Pope pushed the button on his iPad and—voila!—launched the much anticipated new Vatican website, news.va.I was among the Catholic bloggers who, at the invitation of the Vatican, attended the May 2 Vatican Blogfest where we were treated to a preview of the multimedia site, then still under development. … [Read more...]

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