Is Your “Surveillance Use” of Facebook Causing You Envy?

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A new study out this week from University of Missouri, Nanyang Technological University, and Bradley University has been making the rounds in the media. Margaret Duffy, a professor and chair of strategic communication at the MU School of Journalism and Edson Tandoc, a former doctoral student at MU and now an assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University in [Read More...]

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Pope Francis’ Google Hangout

Image capture--Google Hangout "Scholas Occurrentes".

Today, our Holy Father employed a great tool of technology–the Google Hangout–to meet and converse with young people from around the world: Per the Vatican: Pope Francis held a Google Hangout Thursday afternoon with several disabled kids from around the world, in an event sponsored by Scholas Ocurrentes, a charity which brings together young people [Read More...]

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Filming Inside the Vatican Library–Insights from 60 Minutes

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I’m tardy sharing this, but I found this video from 60 Minutes Overtime to be fascinating. It profiles the efforts of CBS Producer Sabina Castelfranco to film at the Vatican. If you’re into Church and the media, you’ll want to enjoy this four-minute inside perspective. Learn more here. Image Link [Read more...]

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My New Buddy: Plush Jesus from @LoyolaPress

"Plush Jesus" photo by Lisa M. Hendey

I’m easing my way back to my desk today by opening mail that came in during Christmas break. My favorite surprise of the day is this: Officially, per the listing at Loyola Press, this great product is “A Child’s Bible with a plush figure of Jesus the Teacher”. While the Jesus figure was designed especially [Read More...]

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Avoiding the Sins of the Media

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Have you sat down and watched television lately? I mean, really, truly watched it? I’d guess that I’ve spent approximately ten hours in the last month watching TV. That figure comes from my estimated five hours of watching my favorite show, Survivor, and five hours of sitting next to my husband working while he watches football. [Read More...]

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SNL’s “Christmas Mass Spectacular”–Yes, I LOLed!

Ok, lucky for me there is a penance service at Church tonight. Because I probably broke numerous commandments by laughing so very hard at this Saturday Night Live skit, shared with me by a fellow parishioner: How many of these jokes hold true at your parish? For the record, my Pastor is definitely NOT “Pastor [Read More...]

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Father Valencia’s “Frozen” Confession Cover: “Let It Go”

Found via Facebook! Take a few minutes and watch this precious priest encourage us to find God’s forgiveness in the Confessional! This was created in June but I just found it. And just in time for Advent penance services! Click on the video below to watch via Facebook. Post by Ariel A. Valencia. Video Link [Read More...]

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Thou Shalt Not Cyberbully

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On this morning’s episode of The Son Rise Morning Show, host Matt Swaim and I looked at the topic of cyberbullying. The conversation was prompted by a Vatican press conference this week on the topic: Entitled “Stop threats on the internet,” the conference was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the [Read More...]

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Archdiocese of New York is “Connecting the Church”

Via my good friend Matthew Warner, the genius behind Flocknote, comes exciting news about a communications whirlwind happening in the Archdiocese of New York. As the press release below shares, the Archdiocese will be implementing both Flocknote flocknote.com) and  eCatholic (eCatholic.com) in all of their parishes. Matt shared with me: “Now, when any parishioner joins any ministry [Read More...]

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