New on AmP: Archbishop Chaput to Pilgrims at WYD: Don’t Rely on Mainstream Media, Support Catholic Media Instead!

An excerpt from Archbishop Charles Chaput’s remarks given to young pilgrims in Madrid as part of a special World Youth Day Session (underlining my own): We make a very serious mistake if we rely on media like the New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, or MSNBC for reliable news about religion. These news media simply don’t provide trustworthy information about religious faith—and sometimes they ... More

What do the Old Spice Guy, Superman, And The Most Interesting Man in the World Have in Common?

What does this man: Have in common with this one: And him too? … they all love the new book The Church and New Media! I’m the author of the chapter on “Faithful Online Activism”. Order your paperback edition (we’re working with Amazon to get it re-stocked quickly!) or download it for $9.99 on the Kindle. You can browse the first batch of reviews here. Props to Spir... More

Is Facebook Pro-Life? “I’m Expecting” Status Added For Parents!

Last week Facebook introduced an exciting new feature – expecting parents can add an unborn baby they are expecting to their family connections on Facebook! They can also add a photo, name, and due date for their not-yet-born child. Even more exciting was the reason why Facebook added this feature – because parents were already trying to figure out some way to share this type of good n... More

A Confession App… with an imprimatur!

Very cool, very useful. From the developer: Confession: A Roman Catholic App is Little iApps very first application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Developed for Catholics who frequent the sacrament and those who wish to return. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to p... More

In New Year, Pope makes call for young people to use social media fruitfully

As a young person who uses social communications, I’m inspired: Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for January 2011 is: “That young people may learn to use modern means of social communication for their personal growth and to better prepare themselves to serve society”. AmP’s Facebook and Twitter are two good places to start! UPDATE: Apparently the Vatican... More

Papist Parody: Pope said I can have condom?

Here is the second video in my “Papist Parody” series, which attempt to explain recent Catholic news and controversies with a humorous twist. This one depicts an imaginary conversation on the metro about what the pope recently said about condoms, between a struggling catholic and a righteous papist. Enjoy! And, if you want, share it with your friends, too! ...READ MORE... 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

Brilliant: Parishioners use cell phone technology to update parish registry

Did you go to Mass today? If you are a Catholic in good standing, you should have! Second question – is your parish behind the times, when it comes to technology? I’m guessing for 99% of you, that answer is also in the affirmative. Marcel at Aggie Catholics, however, has a brilliant solution which he explains on his blog for how his parish is utilizing current technology to update reg... More

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