Even in tough economic times, people give

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul — whose members are quite familiar with the effects of the world financial crisis on the poor — has some good news to report. Its second annual Friends of the Poor Walk raised more than $1.2 million, a more than 50 percent increase over the inaugural year. More than 16,000 people participated in 36 states.  Read the full report on the Catholic agency’s special day here.

Catholic journalist is more than embedded

Neil McCabe, a reporter for The Pilot newspaper in the Archdiocese of Boston, is experiencing the war in Iraq from the inside. But he’s not just embedded as a journalist; he’s a soldier. You can read about what he’s found in Iraq, including the challenge of receiving the sacraments, here.

Don’t stop the presses yet, says columnist

Writing for our friends UCA News in Asia, Maryknoll Father William Grimm writes about the future of Catholic journalism. In an editorial titled “Don’t stop the presses — yet,” Father Grimm writes that the electronic age is upon us, and “every editor’s desk should have on it a picture of a tombstone with the name of his or her publication on it.”

“The demise of the Catholic press is inevitable,” he writes, “but, at least in Asia, it may still be a bit early to make funeral arrangements.”

However, he notes, “the role of Catholic journalism shall remain, even though the mode of delivery will change.” Read the full column here.