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Faithful trolls?

The screaming headline draws attention: “Pope Francis opens a can of whoop a** on hateful internet trolls – and it’s beautiful.” But popes really aren’t prone to such pugnaciousness. In fact, the image contradicts the very point that Pope Francis is making in his Message for World Communications Day 2016. Yes, he wishes that communications […]

A New Logic for Mercy

We may suppose mercy to be soft, giving a veritable “pass” on misdeeds. We may think mercy to be indulgent, forgoing a right regard for justice. In his Message for the 50th World Day of Communications, Pope Francis acknowledges those assumptions, yet he speaks of something more, a new communications logic that, if we open […]

Francis doublespeak

We await the text of the pope’s annual Message for World Communications Day, which is usually published on January 24, the memorial of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, and patron saint of journalists. The theme for the 2016 World Communications Day had previously been announced as Communication and Mercy […]

Resolve to stay plugged in

The new year offers a fresh start. Taking stock and looking ahead lead to resolutions. Setting goals and striving to meet them is a proven path to success. And 88% of all New Year’s resolutions end in failure! Personal progress presupposes vision and willpower. Seeing clearly and choosing wisely matter most. Devices control neither. Resolutions […]

O … it’s time to sing

The time is nigh. The day draws near. We have entered the Octave before Christmas. It’s not to be confused with the Octave of Christmas (Dec 25-Jan 1), nor those twelve days of Christmas about which children, and now minions, gleefully sing. No, the Octave before Christmas brings the Advent season to its culmination. For […]