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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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Left Behind,' first in trilogy, weaves fiction with rapture theology
NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fundamentalist conception of the rapture, as described in the best-selling "Left Behind" novels, may be arriving -- for the first time -- at a movie theater near you. Three earlier films, all starring Kirk Cameron, were marketed primarily as home videos, though the first did have a limited theatrical release. They never drew as large an audience as the series of 16 apocalyptic volumes from authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins that began in 1995. The reboot is the first in a planned trilogy of pictures from Stoney Lake Entertainment. Director Vic Armstrong says…




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