The Catholic church has a history of taking on major technological innovations that promote mass communication, including motion picture films.
Art & Media
Most U.S. Catholics are not looking for spirituality online; in fact, half of them are unaware the church even has an online presence, according to researchers at Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
The most widely used communication tool in Catholic church is the parish bulletin, followed by a diocesan newspaper or magazine -- in print form -- which one in four adult Catholics has read in the last three months, CARA reports.
Todd Starnes did not think he had violated Facebook's community standards when he posted about "wearing an NRA ball cap, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, reading a Paula Deen cookbook and sipping a 20-ounce sweet tea" and generally being politically incorrect.
Workers at Facebook thought otherwise, blocking the host of "Fox News & Commentary" for 12 hours before issuing an apology.
Foes of media consolidation, which include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, seem to have a friend now in the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC on Thursday took the first step in a process that could limit the number of TV stations one company can own, by treating TV stations equally.
The current ownership limit is not a number, but a percentage. One ownership group can own stations covering 39 percent of the U.S. population, but no more.
The film "Rise and Dream" focuses on the struggle for harmony in the city of Zamboanga, where Muslims and Christians live side by side.
Tom Leopold has been funny longer than he has been a Catholic. But being a Catholic doesn't stop him from being funny.
"The Watsons Go to Birmingham"
8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) Friday, The Hallmark Channel
In time to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four young girls (Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair), "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" made-for-television film will premiere on The Hallmark Channel. The events in the movie take place not even a month after the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
At World Youth Day in July, the attending bishops took some time for some fun and did a little dance.
9 p.m. EST Tuesday on PBS. Check local listings.
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