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It must be big – it has its own hashtag! The 50th World Communications Day takes place this year on Sunday, May 8th.  This is the only “world day” called for by the Second Vatican Council and is celebrated in most countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. Each year a theme is announced on the […]

Holy hype

The day has finally arrived for Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on “Love in the Family” that wraps up the Synods and world meeting that took place the past two years.  But the frenzy that accompanied its publication suggested something earth-shattering was to appear. As with other publications, the date on which this one was […]


There’s no such app – yet! – but the growing trend has taken another leap forward. Last week, Pope Francis joined Instagram.  The papal account — @Franciscus – shattered records by amassing a million followers within just twelve hours.  Add this to the 27 million followers on his Twitter accounts, and this pope is easily […]

Cell phone craziness

It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it (pun intended!), but the blog title alludes to the psychological character on display this time of year. It’s March – a time of meteorological madness, when a day of joyous sunshine is followed by forecasts of foot-deep snowfall, thereby casting into chaos the cyclical rituals proper […]

Cell phone tricks ‘n treats

The “trick” now comes with a “treat” at Chick-fil-A. A local franchise owner in Suwanee, GA created the “Cell Phone Coop” in which diners are challenged to place their phones in a pre-fab box on the table. If family members can then resist the urge to attend to their phone throughout a meal, the restaurant […]