Speaking of God in a Disenchanted World: Unpacking #MACongress

Hosffman Ospino, PhD

This week, I am sharing my reflections on the recent Mid-Atlantic Congress in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Find all of my #MACongress posts online here. Session two of the first day of Mid-Atlantic Congress found me attending “Speaking of God in a Disenchanted World: Religious Education and Secularism” with Hosffman Ospino, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education [Read More...]

That Conclave Chimney Seagull

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As we wait, that seagull who sat perched atop the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is getting quite a lot of media attention: A Catholic News Service video of his own: A Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ChimneySeagull and evidence of him trending like crazy on Twitter. and even his own meme: [Read more...]

CNS Has Twelve to Watch & We’ll Be Watching in New and Innovative Ways

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When someone (like my mom) asks me who I think is going to be our next Pope, I give varying versions of the same answer: I have no idea, but I am praying fervently for our Cardinals that their decision be guided (as I know it will) by the Holy Spirit. I’m not going to make any [Read More...]

Conclave: Sharing this Moment with Our Non-Catholic Friends

Perhaps because of the fact that I just spent three days at a Congress on Evangelization, I’m looking at our upcoming papal Conclave through the eyes of those for whom this process may be unknown, or even mysterious. I see this as an opportunity for those of us Catholic “geeks” who are watching the process [Read More...]

#RallyForThePope – Plan Your Rally

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From our friends at OneBillionStories.com comes the “Rally for the Pope” initiative. Here’s the blueprint: With the chair of St. Peter vacant, the eyes of world now turn to the Vatican to learn the news of his successor. This moment in Church History has not been seen since 1415. Therefore, this is the moment in our [Read More...]

PopeAlarm.com – Don’t Miss the Big News!

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Genius! We California bloggers contend with a major time travel challenge when it comes to staying abreast of the big news coming out of the Vatican. That’s why I happily just signed up for a notification from PopeAlarm.com to be both texted and emailed as soon as the big news hits from the Conclave. Yes, you [Read More...]

Why I’d Love to Win a CRS Egan Fellowship

Eileen Egan

The following press release landed in my inbox today. Along with the fact that I’m a major fan of Catholic Relief Services (and yes, I’ve heard the speculation), reading today about Eileen Egan has me inspired beyond measure. I’m convinced that if Ms. Egan were active in media today, she would see the tremendous value [Read More...]

Teen Locked in Basement: Let’s Get out of Our Bubbles

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Watching this story today on CNN, I was horrified: A 17 year old, developmentally delayed Missouri teen, locked with handcuffs in his townhouse basement since September and subsiding on instant oatmeal and ramen noodles… Neighbors suspected trouble, but didn’t report anything to authorities until their fears were shared aloud by another acquaintance… Authorities intervened on [Read More...]

KNXT TV: The Church and Social Media, Part 2 — Bishops and Bloggers

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Yesterday, I shared with you Part 1 of the two part series recently recorded by KNXT in the Diocese of Fresno, featuring my friend Carson Weber and me speaking on the basics of Catholic social media. Remember that the emphasis in these programs is on giving an overview and also introducing basic concepts to people who may [Read More...]

KNXT TV: The Church and Social Media, Part 1

Forum for a Better Understanding

Today, I’m happy to share the first of two television episodes recently recorded in my home Diocese of Fresno at our diocesan owned television station, KNXT. My fellow guest for this program is the always awesome Carson Weber. Carson and I met with “Forum for a Better Understanding” host Jim Grant for two episodes on [Read More...]


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