For many bored churchgoers, fiddling with smartphones or computer tablets is the 21st-century equivalent of playing tick-tack-toe or dozing off during services.
Art & Media
In an age of nonstop reality television, it is rare to find something truly "real" on the tube, but a friend slipped something into my inbox a couple of days ago, and it stunned me.
It comes from comedian Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS. (Full disclosure: I work for CBS, but I don't often see this show because it comes on at 12:30 a.m., by which time I am very fast asleep. Very.)
The box office hit "The Conjuring" has all the requisite features of a standard horror flick. It also has an unexpected character: God.
Column: The life and love of Thomas Merton is the subject of an upcoming film. But who would star?
The Hollywood Reporter just released its annual review, and Los Angeles' Loyola Marymount's School of Film and Television has been ranked No. 9 of the of the top 25 film schools in the U.S. shaping the future of cinema. (In 2012, the school was ranked No. 13 of U.S. film schools and No. 18 in the world.)
Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.
He also is the second most-followed leader of the world, running behind -- albeit by a long stretch -- U.S. President Barack Obama.
The rankings were released July 24 in a recent study titled "Twiplomacy," which refers to the use of Twitter by world leaders.
Essay: Rolling Stone has received a lot of pushback for its cover image. But here's why you should support its decision.
Column: There is no consensus on what makes an entertaining faith-based program or movie that would appeal to a large audience.
Column: My students often tell me they avoid the news because it's too depressing. Death, destruction, discord -- who needs that negativity?
Following Pope Francis' Twitter feed may be good for your soul -- both in this life and the next.
The spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church plans to grant plenary indulgences by Twitter during the World Youth Day, which will be held July 23-28 in Brazil.