Free Webinar: Catholics Going Mobile

Next up in Ave Maria Press’ ongoing Professional Development Webinar Series is a terrific (and free!) presentation for anyone who is interested in using the tools of technology in the New Evangelization. Here’s the blueprint from Ave Maria Press: A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that over 90% of American adults use [Read More...]

Church Leaders Confront “Virtual Reality”

Following on the heels of last week’s plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, a variety of familiar faces including Msgr. Tighe, Greg Erlandson and Fr. Thomas Rosica address the challenges faced by an incarnational Church coexisting in a digital world in this video from Catholic News Service. [Read more...]

Video: Pope Francis on Social Communications

A follow up to yesterday’s post on Pope Francis’ address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications: Video Link [Read more...]

Presider vs. Photog Smackdown: Every Bride’s Nightmare

I ran across this video today and had a little flashback to my own wedding, which was quite simple by today’s standards. You’ve got to watch this drama unfold: Popular opinion seems to be that the “priest” (which I don’t think he’s a Catholic priest, because of the collar and the fact that they wedding [Read More...]

THE Pope Francis Interview: What Would You Ask?

By now, the blogosphere is chock full of “takes” on that amazing America Magazine interview with Pope Francis. Major kudos to Fr. Matt Malone, S.J., America’s Editor in Chief (who explains the interview process here), Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. of Civiltà Cattolica, and the entire team behind this groundbreaking 10,000+ word look inside the mind and heart [Read More...]

Msgr. Tighe: Seeing Church’s Social Communications in a Networked Way

I am a major fan of Msgr. Paul Tighe, the current secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. I’ve had the opportunity to hear him speak and even to meet him a few times. Knowing his tireless advocacy for efficacious communications, it’s a true thrill to watch as the Vatican continues to “get” the [Read More...]

Hey Mark Shea Groupies: Line Up and “Like”

Actually, you can get in line behind me. I’m a fangirl. Mark’s now got a “page” on Facebook where you can keep in touch with all of his writing and speaking. Of course, my favorite part… The cover photo: A question for you: What are some of your favorite “pages” to follow on Facebook? [Read more...]

The New Media in Pope Francis’ Vatican

From L’Osservatore Romano via News.va: “More than 9,300,000 followers and, thanks to retweets, at least 60,000 million people on their smartphones and tablets are reached by the Holy Father’s tweets”; as well as the “10,260,000 people every month who visit our pages in the various languages through the portal www.news.va via Facebook”. These are Pope Francis’ [Read More...]

Would You “Bunny Ear” Pope Francis or Your Bishop?

Making the rounds this week is this photo of England rugby player Manu Tuilagi giving Prime Minister David Cameron the “bunny ears” treatment: When I first saw the photo, I giggled and thought, “Wow, that’s funny.” But then I started to think about what I — as a mom — would think if one of my [Read More...]

Happiness Doesn’t Have a Price Tag: @Pontifex Ponderings

In another of my ongoing series of posts responding to Pope Francis’ tweets, I thought I would muse a bit on this weekend’s gem, sent at 1:15 am Pacific time on Sunday, September 15: Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 15, 2013 Ironically, the [Read More...]


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