Perhaps NPR Can Profile the Josephinum Next Time?

For an early Father’s Day, I talk a little about the need for and gift of spiritual fathers — with the help of Anthony Weiner (!) and the good men of the Josephinum, the pontifical seminar immersed in the New Evangelization, in Ohio. Let me know your thoughts and feel free to highlight other bright lights in our culture and in our Church. ...READ MORE... More

Breaking: Vatican Releases New Website Design; to Follow Soon!

Visit and you’ll see this! Also notable: the upper right corner features a link to – the forthcoming official Vatican news portal that was previewed to those of us who attended the Vatican’s bloggers meeting in Rome recently. If you visit you can sign up to be emailed when the site goes live: Rome Reports has a video explaining a few of th... More


Good Morning. Rome Is On the Line. It’s for You. Beato Calls!

This morning in Rome, during the Divine Mercy/John Paul II beatification Mass, Pope Benedict XVI said: What the newly-elected Pope asked of everyone, he was himself the first to do: society, culture, political and economic systems he opened up to Christ, turning back with the strength of a titan – a strength which came to him from God – a tide which appeared irreversible. By his witness of fa... More

Bishop Tobin’s open letter to inactive Catholics: “We miss you, we love you and we want you to come home.”

I thought this was beautiful and I would encourage my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ to share this with their inactive Catholic friends and family: My dear Brother or Sister: In the spirit of the Advent and Christmas Season, and as the Diocese of Providence nears the end of its “Year of Evangelization,” I’m writing this letter to inactive Catholics of our Diocese – perhaps yo... More

Bishop Soto on the First Christian Text Message: “IHS”

A little gem from Bishop Soto of Sacramento: As parents already know, if you want to talk to a teenager, send a text message. Before he began his homily during the National Catholic Youth Conference’s closing Mass Nov. 21, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., pulled out his cell phone. “Let’s see. You put the message in. Then the number. Then you hit ‘Send,'”... More

CyberFAIL: Vatican’s new office for internet evangelization … is without a computer

Yikes! Someone send Abp. Fisichella a gift certificate! The head of the new pontifical council charged with evangelising cyberspace has said that his new office does not have an internet connection. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelisation, made the startling admission at a press conference unveiling the new council. A Motu Proprio... More



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