‘Catholic evangelization with YouTube’

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia appeared on YouTube last year with video reflections for each Sunday of Lent. (CNS image)If you’re not very familiar with what Catholics are doing on new media sites such as YouTube or Facebook, this story will get you up to date. Published in the latest edition of the Western Catholic Reporter in Edmonton, Alberta, the story is by Alicia Ambrosio, whom we’re pleased to feature because last year she was an intern in our Rome bureau, contributing plenty of interesting articles to our news report, like this one.

PHOTO: Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia appeared on YouTube last year with video reflections for each Sunday of Lent. (CNS image)

Inside the Jesuit General Congregation

After the opening Mass for the Jesuit’s General Congregation and the election of the congregation officers last week, the Jesuit press office wasn’t exactly rolling out reams of reports. In fact, there was nothing.

Father Jose DeVera, the press officer, and his staff were patient with repeated phone calls and gave a general idea of what the 225 congregation delegate were doing, but that’s all. And an e-mail to a Jesuit friend on the inside didn’t yield anything more than a teasing rebuke from Father DeVera, who found out about it.

So, until his office sent out a press release today announcing that the General Congregation had accepted the resignation of Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach as superior general, the only thing to do was looked at the photographs taken by Jesuit Father Don Doll and surf the Internet for new entries from Jesuit delegate-bloggers. Two writing in English are Father Dave Schultenover, a professor of theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and Father Fernando Franco, a Basque-born member of the Jesuit’s Gujarat province in India and director of the Jesuits’ Social Justice Secretariat in Rome.

The rest of the week promises to be even quieter as the delegates devote Tuesday through Friday to silence, prayer and quiet conversations in preparation for the election Saturday of the society’s 30th superior general.

NAC suffers a soccer shutout

logo_clericus_cup_copia.jpgNot a good Clericus Cup weekend for North American College.

The seminary’s soccer team, known as the North American Martyrs, struggled in a 3-0 loss Saturday to the International Ecclesial College “Sede Sapientiae.”

It was a windy, wet and somewhat gloomy day, and to top it off team manager and star Daniel O’Mullane ended the game holding a very swollen hand. He was pushed into a fence late in the second half.

O’Mullane, a seminarian for the Diocese of Paterson, N.J., made the only near-score for the Martyrs, driving a shot that sailed just above the crossbar.

At least the Martyrs’ fans continued to dominate the cheering section. One seminarian brought a battery-powered megaphone, and at one point he led the crowd in singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

OK, “crowd” may be an overstatement. I counted 20 people, but it was raining, after all.

Sede Sapientiae is a relatively new seminary in Rome run by Opus Dei, with about 90 seminarians. Their players, many of them from Latin America, looked like they were born on the soccer pitch, handling the ball with flair and shooting passes with precision.

Last year, Sede Sapientiae made the semi-finals, and they don’t seem to have lost anything this season.

Thanks to two earlier victories, NAC remains tied for first place in its division. But the Martyrs’ schedule doesn’t get any easier next week. They play Redemptoris Mater, the winner of the 2007 cup, who are undefeated so far this year.