TIME’s Person of the Year is …

…a group of people: the Ebola fighters. (Last year, you’ll recall, the cover boy was Pope Francis.) Notably, one of the people profiled is Dr. Kent Brantly, the first Ebola victim to be treated in the United States. His deep faith was mentioned often in the news coverage of his treatment—and fittingly, he is photographed for the [Read More...]

On Santa’s list: remembering Jesus

A seasonal reminder from Catholics Come Home. Share this with someone you love and want to come home. [Read more...]

Pope discusses the Synod, says media covered it like sports

From Vatican Radio:  Following a series of reflections concentrating on the Church, Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday opened a new Chapter, a weekly catechesis focusing on the Family. He began this new cycle by recalling the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family which took place in [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: you decide, we report

Media Bistro reported last week on a media summit featuring ABC News anchor David Muir. Tweets from the event reveal some of the editorial thinking now leading one of America’s premiere newscasts. Evidently it is the viewing public—which this morning is trending stories on Facebook about a man eaten alive by a snake and Bobby Moynihan’s [Read More...]

All is calm, all is bright: terrific Advent video from the Archdiocese of Washington

Hot on the heels of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s clever promotion for the season comes another advertising effort, this one from the Archdiocese of Washington. Turn up the volume—so you can turn it down for Advent. The archdiocese has also launched a website: FindthePerfectGift.org.  It has prayer resources, links, a listing of events and suggestions for [Read More...]

Brooklyn launches hip new ad campaign for Christmas

From the In My Backyard Desk … Hot on the heels of last year’s buzz-worthy campaign, my diocese has done it again this year for Christmas. The press release:  On Dec. 2, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to return to Mass. The campaign showcases different messages inviting people of [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley writes about his “60 Minutes” interview

From The Boston Pilot’s website:  Last Sunday evening I was privileged to be featured on the CBS television program “60 Minutes,” which is actually three 20 minute segments. I was featured in segment two of the broadcast. The whole experience was fascinating. I was very impressed by the entire team, their work ethic, professionalism and [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Malley on “60 Minutes”

He will be profiled this Sunday, and CBS News has posted a preview: Meantime, NCR has this tidbit: Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley, a key advisor to Pope Francis, has said the pontiff recognizes the need to address the situation in Kansas City, Mo., where Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty in 2012 of a criminal [Read More...]

Forbes names world’s most powerful people—and the pope is near the top

He’s #4. As the magazine puts it: The spiritual leader to one-sixth of the world’s population — 1.2 billion souls. Pope Francis has made it his mission to transform the longstanding conservative image of the Catholic Church. In October, the pontiff said the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are true, adding that God [Read More...]

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned: I texted during Mass

A 21st century problem gets a closer look this morning from CNS:  Entire families navigate their smartphones while sharing meals at restaurants. Students text in class. Parents take phone calls at their children’s sporting events and plays.It’s no surprise that cellphones affect even church.It has become common for parishes to place blurbs in their bulletins [Read More...]


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