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Davenport. Public now has access to Iowa Catholic paper's treasure trove of news
DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) -- Famine in Ireland, a monsignor's thoughts on divorce in 1884, and commentary on the Second Vatican Council as it was happening. These topics and countless more fill some 80,000 pages of The Catholic Messenger's newly digitized archive, dating back to Jan. 6, 1883. This treasure trove of news is available to anyone with access to the Internet -- at no charge! The Catholic Messenger's board of directors believes the weekly, diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Davenport is an invaluable resource on the local and universal church that should be accessible to the public. Advantage Companies…
Washington. Seeking the common good and avoiding polarization in Catholic media
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis' call to Christians to examine and reconsider the way they treat others brings challenges for Catholic publications in combatting polarization within the church, said a panel of editors and publishers Oct. 16. In a forum at Georgetown University, the struggles of "Seeking the Common Good in a Time of Polarization," as the program was titled, were identified by representatives of Catholic newspapers and magazines as coming from their usual supporters as well as their usual critics. The editors of Commonweal, First Things and America magazines, and the presidents of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and…
Speaker: Technology can provide personal connection church members seek
VILLANOVA, Pa. (CNS) -- A steady decline in the number of Christians who go to church doesn't mean Christianity is dying but that church members want a personal connection they aren't finding in church, said the keynote speaker at an Oct. 14 technology summit at Villanova University. Technology can provide that personal connection, according to Steve Hewitt, editor-in-chief of Christian Computing Magazine since 1989. He outlined ways that churches should be communicating with members -- broadcast text messages; broadcast voice messages; Facebook and websites; YouTube and email; and even personally addressed and handwritten mail. Broadcast text messages are the most…
Internet’s impact on families raised at Synod
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - Among the additions and modifications recommended for the Synod’s final summary document was the impact of the Internet on the family. The topic was raised in the Synod’s second week, during discussions held in the various language groups, by Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The discussion group thought it was important enough to propose a modification to the document so that we (the Church) would speak about this,” he explained in an interview with Vatican Radio. The Archbishop of Gatineau, Quebec, who authors his own blog, noted that the…

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