Posts Tagged ‘Media’

Stephen Colbert to narrate Pope’s audio book

Monday, March 18th, 2024

Stephen Colbert, one of the most famous Catholics in the entertainment business, is moving one step closer to Pope Francis. The Late Show host will narrate Pope Francis’ audiobook Life: My Story Through History. He will narrate the six-hour audiobook, which comes out on March 19 via HarperAudio, alongside Franciscan friar and priest John Quigley. Read more

Synod on synodality “selfies” and the media

Thursday, October 26th, 2023
Synod on synodality "selfies" and the media

When I was in Rome during the second week of the Synod on synodality, I had the opportunity to talk with some of the participants. Every single one of them offered encouraging words of hope. But if one wants to know what is happening at this synodal assembly, those words of hope are pretty much Read more

Western media – Pope Francis just doesn’t ‘get’ it

Thursday, October 19th, 2023
western media

My first synod was in 1985, when Pope John Paul II called an extraordinary synod to reflect on the Second Vatican Council 20 years after it ended. I have covered almost every synod since. It has never been easy. Meetings of the synod are usually closed, and the information released to the press is carefully Read more

No punishment for Synod members who speak to media

Monday, October 9th, 2023
No punishment

Vatican officials have clarified that media engagement during the Synod of Bishops is a personal decision, and those who choose to give interviews will face no punishment. The clarification followed a recent interview given by German Cardinal Gerhard Müller to EWTN, raising questions about Pope Francis’s call for a media ‘fast’. Italian layman Paolo Ruffini, Read more

Synod and media – the test of Synodality

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

It has been reported that the regulations concerning media access to the discussions at the upcoming Synod assembly in Rome – first of two sessions that will be held over the next twelve months – have not yet been approved. Journalists can only hope that the hypothesis of imposing the pontifical secret (the highest kind Read more

Fishing for truth

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Our collective noses have been crinkling at the distinct whiff of something not quite right in the press for some time now, but recent days have been a particular corker for unveiling some fishy elements of the NZ media. RNZ has unwittingly acted as a Kiwi branch of the Russian propaganda machine, Stuff reporting has Read more

Good news and media – Navigating the intersection

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

I wanted to start by acknowledging that what the Church calls Good News and what journalists call good news are entirely different things. The Christian Gospel, which is a word meaning, ‘good news’ – is that the Creator of all things, God, so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that all Read more

Jesus accessible at Disneyland and Super Bowl

Thursday, October 13th, 2022
Making Jesus accessible

Disneyland in Paris and the US Super Bowl will soon be used by churches as venues for massive media outreaches A new 40-million euro Church complex near Paris Disney will include a new church that can hold up to 900 people and a private school that can accommodate more than 1,500 students. And in the Read more

Banality of television news

Thursday, August 4th, 2022
Sacrosanctum Concilium,

Watching local television news is not something I often do. Last week I decided I’d give it a go. Collective Noun What is the collective noun for banality presenters? Is it a “glut of banalisers” or a “nonsense of news readers”? Whatever the collective noun, NZ television news has cornered the banality market and raised Read more

Combat media ‘toxicity, urges Pope

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
Catholic media

Pope Francis says Catholic media communicators need to use extra care and make educational efforts in their work. They need to find ways to combat situations where media can “become places of toxicity, hate speech and fake news,” he says. His message for members of Signis, the World Catholic Association for Communication, makes his position Read more