More multimedia

In response to my post on Monday on The Pilot’s multimedia coverage of the permanent diaconate ordination in Boston, we received some more examples from the Florida Catholic. The paper has some similar multimedia packages covering priesthood ordinations in the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Both are worthy of attention.

As mentioned in a post by Barb Fraze from last month’s Catholic Media Convention in Toronto, it is becoming increasingly important that Catholic papers have Web sites, especially if they want to reach a younger audience. It is certainly refreshing to see some of these papers not only creating sites but also developing multimedia content for their sites.

(Editor’s Note: Brooke is a summer intern at Catholic News Service and a student at the University of Missouri at Columbia.)

To see or not to see?

To see or not to see? That is the question many Catholics are asking themselves as the Body Worlds exhibit makes its way across the country and into their area.

There are many arguments being made on both sides. One thing for sure: It is certainly a complicated set of issues.

Here at CNS there have been some stories over the past few years — the first from 2006 and another article from earlier this year.

As the exhibit tours the country, local Catholic papers have been offering their own reactions.

The Catholic Sun of the Diocese of Phoenix had a comprehensive piece looking at the theological aspects of the exhibit.

The National Catholic Reporter also published an article looking at the different reactions by bishops across the U.S. It also discussed the question of where the bodies came from, as there has been much speculation that the bodies used were victims of human right violations in China.

Deacon Greg Kandra, author of “The Deacon’s Bench” blog who works at CBS News in New York, also commented on the exhibit when he saw an article on regarding Body Worlds.

Salt Lake City deacon says ministry makes him a better parent

A Salt Lake City deacon finds that his commitment to his growing family has provided him with the values that make him a better servant to his ministry, according to this story in the Intermountain Catholic diocesan newspaper.

Though juggling a full-time job, graduate studies and the responsibility that comes with fatherhood, this convert to Catholicism believes his ministry has also strengthened his parenting skills.

What’s cooking in the church’s melting pot?

Fellow CNS reporter Dennis Sadowski has been hard at work on a piece focusing on the diversity of the Catholic Church. His story will be reminiscent of another story that appeared in the National Catholic Reporter a little while back.

The Reporter’s story was centered on the diversity and changing demographics of the church in Texas. The article broke the state down into regions and explained the unique charisms of each region.

In addition to regions that may be predominately one particular race or ethnicity, the National Catholic Reporter article highlighted areas where an individual parish provides a microcosm of the entire state and perhaps country. It also touched on the relationship between the Catholic and evangelical communities in the region.

UPDATE: Here’s the story by Dennis Sadowski referred to above.

Nun helps Holocaust survivor share experience in book

A Holy Names nun in Portland, Ore., has helped a Holocaust survivor publish a book that tells of her early life in Poland, the horrors she endured at a German concentration camp and her lifelong struggle with the memories. Details are in the latest edition of the Catholic Sentinel in Portland.

Writing the book, according to the Sentinel’s story, was a way for the woman to ensure people remember the atrocities of the Holocaust. But she has also turned her experiences over to God to rid herself of the hate.

New media from oldest Catholic paper

As someone studying what is known as convergence journalism, it was great to see this package covering the permanent diaconate ordination put together by The Pilot up in Boston. Many may regard late May to mark the beginning of the “wedding season.” In the Catholic Church it could quite easily be known as the “ordination season.” All across the country men, young and old, have been ordained as bishops and priests and both transitional and permanent deacons.

The package put together by The Pilot not only contained an article covering the event, but also a great slideshow with audio. For every ordination this spring there have been countless articles covering each and every one.

This example in Boston did a great job in bringing some of the best in what the rapidly developing “new media” or “convergence” journalism has to offer to the Catholic press and its readers.

Bibles in China

Do you remember the rumor last fall that Bibles were being banned at the Olympic village this summer in Beijing? We tried batting it down here and here. Well, there was an interesting story over the weekend in the Los Angeles Times headlined “Bibles are big business in China” that sheds further light on the history and practice of religion in this world superpower.