Pope Francis speaks to journalists about his name, wanting a church that is poor, and role of media

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  This morning Pope Francis revealed why he chose the name Francis and then spoke encouraging words to 5,000 members of the press who have been covering the events of the last weeks since Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his retirement.Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter has been in Rome covering the conclave and wrote the following this morning: Pope Francis: I would love a church that is poor.In another post NCR added the complete text of the … [Read more...]

Sister Rose YouTube Channel

A few weeks ago I began reviewing current films for American Catholic.orgIt is the online, continually updated version of St. Anthony Messenger.I am also doing a weekly "Faith & Media: segment for American Catholic Radio on the Franciscan Media siteStop by and visit!!Here's my review of the new Harry Potter film.To subscribe to these weekly updates, visit http://www.Youtube.com/sisterroseACO  … [Read more...]

Introduction to Media Literacy & Church and Communication Online Courses Registration deadline May 26

If you've ever been frustrated at how to engage in our media culture in meaningful ways, consider taking one of these terrific online courses offered by the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.Click here for the course description for Introduction to Media LiteracyClick here for the course description for Church and CommunicationI am the course facilitator for the intro to media literacy course; another fine catechist will facilitate Church and … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose Looks at Hollywood

Today a colleague asked me if I thought there was an anti-Catholic bias in Hollywood.It got me thinking.I looked through my file of published articles and found one I wrote in 2006 at the invitation of US Catholic, a national Catholic magazine published by the Claretians. I re-read it and I am still of the same opinion as I was then: Horray for Hollywood (US Catholic Octoebr, 2006) Guide for Catholics on Media BiasBack in 1999 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops published a helpful g … [Read more...]

A Vision of the Future

A Vision of the Future from Carmelina Films on Vimeo.Daniel Cubas has been blind since childhood, but this hasn't stopped him from pursuing his passions and following his dreams. This documentary follows Daniel as he discusses his successes and roadblocks on his journey to achieving his goals. A touching and uplifting story that will surely inspire all who watch it.2009, 13 minutes (Nick Pernisco is a media literacy education colleague and friend who teaches at Santa Monica College and is … [Read more...]

Perilous Intersection of Art and Religion

If you are interested in this topic, please check out Clark Hoyt's (the Public Editor for the New York Times) sage column in today's New York Times. It deals with the many complaints the NY Times received for reviewing the revivial of the 1998 play "Corpus Christi". Hoyt considers "how a newspaper like The Times, which devotes great space and energy to covering the arts, should deal with the frequent collisions between art and … [Read more...]


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