Entire families navigate their smartphones at restaurants. Students text in class. Parents take calls at their children's plays. It's no surprise that cellphones affect church.
Art & Media
Global Sisters Report: "Theater is the one art that is totally communal, and that's exactly what we do in religion -- we function together communally."
"The probability that Shakespeare was a hidden Catholic helps explain the generally recognized enigma behind his work."
Book review: Joel Katz's photographs during Freedom Summer spotlight a world that's centuries old to young people in a world of diversity assumed.
Sr. Cristina Scuccia, 26, says her version of the salacious pop song is a "testimony of God's capacity to turn all things into something new."
TV review: "Call the Midwife" helps us understand realities, horrors and challenges we cannot even imagine. Empathy and mercy are the order of the day.
Movie review: The "Star Wars" effects in "Fury" make the film look like a video game, which continues to add to our culture of violence.
Movie review: This remake of the 2000 film is a watered-down and somewhat changed version of the earlier movie with a bigger budget and not much else.
New applications for mobile devices are downloading into the Christian world with the help of a Finnish app developer. Over the past 14 months, Congregational Mobile Technologies has been producing apps for an array of Christian audiences.
"Mobile devices are becoming so integrated in everyday life, especially with younger generations, that churches can't neglect on reacting to this development," project manager Ilkka Jormanainen said in an email to NCR.
Neilson Carlin is pretty sure that he will soon have the opportunity to cross something off of his aesthetic bucket list: having the pope see one of his paintings.