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Vatican's pop culture guru Gianfranco Ravasi backpedals his tribute to rocker Lou Reed

The Vatican's pop culture guru, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, says his Twitter message paying homage to hard-partying rocker Lou Reed was meant to praise his music, not his drug-influenced lifestyle.

Ravasi, an Italian cardinal and the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, reacted to Reed's death Monday with a tweet made up of some of the lyrics from "Perfect Day," Reed's 1972 cult classic. Given Reed's provocative lifestyle, the tweet shocked many Vatican watchers.

'War of the Worlds' documentary explores 1938 panic broadcast

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"War of the Worlds," PBS American Experience
9 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday (Check local listings)

In 1938, Americans might let their car payments go or give up their telephones, but 80 percent of American homes had a radio. Listeners tuned in for entertainment but became used to the edgy intrusion of news bulletins with bad news interrupting programming.

Study: Most Catholics aren't searching for spirituality online

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.

Conservatives say censorship has increased on Facebook, iTunes

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.

FCC begins process to halt growth of media consolidation

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.

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