EWTN workers build Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity house

Details:  EWTN employees more accustomed to running cameras, editing video and overseeing a worldwide religious TV network got their hands dirty on Friday. An anonymous donor contributed $60,000 to Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity in honor of Pope Francis and his commitment to “work confers dignity.” That money has been used toward construction of a [Read More...]

Once again, Fortune names Pope Francis to list of “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”

They did it last year, and they’ve done it again. From USA TODAY:  Fortune explains, “To make this roster, it was not enough to be brilliant, admirable, or even supremely powerful (see Moisés Naím’s essay on Vladimir Putin). We set out to find singular leaders with vision who moved others to act as well, and who brought their [Read More...]

Former EWTN host accused of abuse

You may remember that the man once known as Father Frances Mary Stone left EWTN several years back. Now, he’s back in the news, in the middle of an ugly custody battle. From AL.com:  A national group that monitors allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy has focused attention this week on the Alabama case of [Read More...]

Must-see video: “60 Minutes” report on persecuted Christians of Iraq

In a word: excellent. And heartbreaking. Just watch. [Read more...]

Two deacons make a mark on Christian radio

The Toledo Blade has a long look at the rise of Christian radio in Ohio—and spotlights Annunciation Radio and the two deacons who are bringing The Word to the air: Scan the radio dials in northwest Ohio and it won’t be long before you come across a religious song, sermon, lesson in Christian living, or [Read More...]

Fr. Rosica: “It was never my intention to sue”

Crux reports:  Despite a frenzy in the conservative Catholic blogosphere, a high-profile priest who volunteers as an English-language assistant to the Vatican press office says he’s not planning to take legal action against a Canadian blogger who had criticized him, and considers the matter closed. The Rev. Thomas Rosica, also a Canadian, said Wednesday he [Read More...]

“Priest” offers to hear confessions via Snapchat?

From San Antonio: Instead of turning to church to confess your sins, could you instead turn to your phone? A local ordained priest says he’s offering confessions digitally for the first time through the Snapchat app.  However, some faithful believers are skeptics. “It’s not confession.  It’s not what the sacrament is all about,” said Rev. [Read More...]

A priest who spent 50 years “jousting with The New York Times”

Catholic News Agency reports: A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton’s resolve to rebut the New York Times on its editorial opinions regarding matters of faith and morals.The New York priest has submitted Letters to the Editor of the publication since 1961 and recently compiled them all in [Read More...]

Diocese of Bridgeport launches its own app, designed by a deacon

From The Wilton Bulletin:  The Diocese of Bridgeport has launched a mobile phone app that will allow smart-phone users to download information and obtain the latest news about their faith. It is available free on the app store and on Google play for Android use. The app is also designed to engage young people in [Read More...]

So, how does the secular media cover the pope going on retreat?

With headlines like this: Pope Gets Away from Vatican to Work on Correcting “Defects”  AP’s lede: Pope Francis is getting away from the Vatican for a few days and taking his advisers along, to work, as he put it, on fixing the ” many defects we all have.” Francis told tens of thousands of Romans, [Read More...]


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