Category Archives: Prayer

A Most Remarkable Lent: Pope Says, Draw Near! (Social Distancing, Part 2)

  From the Vatican News coverage of the Pope’s homily during Mass on March 18. Pope Francis has spoken out about our need to draw near to one another. He has done so from Rome, in the heart of a … Continue reading

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Social Distancing: Viral Strain or a Step Toward Healing?

As someone who’s avidly and anxiously watching the growth of social polarization in America, I squirmed upon hearing that one of the prescriptions for our latest national challenge—managing the COVID-19 pandemic—is a strategy called “social distancing.” Oh, great. What is … Continue reading

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Pope’s 2020 Message on Communications: Tell Good Stories

From Jan. 28, 2020 podcast–Bill Schmitt discusses Pope Francis’ call for communication Pope Francis’ message for the 2020 World Communications Day urges Catholics to be good storytellers–that is, people who know a good story when they hear it and faithful … Continue reading

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“The Irishman”–A Film Epic of Spiritual Warfare, with a Warning

This review of “The Irishman” from a Catholic perspective was first published in the blog of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life on Feb. 5, 2020.    Boomer film buffs might see Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as a kind … Continue reading

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This Just In: 2020 World Communications Day Message

Hello dear readers and fans of the Kyle Heimann Show on Redeemer Radio in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, I was privileged to help “break the news” with Kyle this morning about the Vatican’s Jan. 24 release of the … Continue reading

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“A Journalism of Abundance”

       My efforts in research and reflection on Catholic values as an aid to renewal in today’s practice of journalism are pointing me toward a few areas of focus. One of those areas has the virtue of prompting … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Real Community: “Christus Vivit”

A look at lesser-known sections of the Apostolic Exhortation released recently by Pope Francis. This is the conclusion of a two-part report by Bill Schmitt, posted on the McGrath Institute for Church Life blog, published at the University of Notre Dame, … Continue reading

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