Los Angeles Times: Using artificial intelligence, researchers are teaching a computer to read the Vatican’s secret archives

Los Angeles Times: Using artificial intelligence, researchers are teaching a computer to read the Vatican’s secret archives. “The archives’ heavily laden shelves stretch 53 miles down dimly lighted corridors and are packed with papal correspondence dating to the 8th century and penned by the likes of Mary Queen of Scots and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The only problem: There is so much of it. More than 1,000 scholars are let in annually to scour the shelves, but much has yet to be read, let alone inventoried, digitized or translated. Which is why one IT professor in Rome decided it was time to let algorithms loose in the hallowed halls of the Vatican, using artificial intelligence software taught to read medieval Latin.”

Seton Hall University: Digitized Catholic Advocate Provides a Window to Newark’s Past During Vatican II

Seton Hall University: Digitized Catholic Advocate Provides a Window to Newark’s Past During Vatican II . “A notable era of local Catholic history has been preserved through a cooperative effort between Seton Hall University’s Special Collections and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA). Archival issues of the Catholic Advocate, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark, were recently digitized from their original format and made available online for public access. The selected issues are specific to the Second Vatican Council, commonly known as Vatican II (1958-1964), and not only provide insight to its impact on the Newark Catholic community, but the general everyday lived experience of that time as well.”

The Catholic Telegraph: All Issues Of The Catholic Telegraph From 1831 – 1885 Now Online

The Catholic Telegraph: All Issues Of The Catholic Telegraph From 1831 – 1885 Now Online. “All issues of The Catholic Telegraph from 1831-1885 can now be read online. Funded by grants from the State Library of Ohio and the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, the Catholic Research Resources Alliance has been working with the archdiocese’s archives to digitize, index, and post the issues. “

The Guardian: Vatican advises nuns not to overindulge in social media

The Guardian: Vatican advises nuns not to overindulge in social media. “The Vatican has advised cloistered nuns not to overindulge in social media to avoid sullying their contemplative world with ‘noise, news and words’. In a document published by the Vatican’s office for religious life, nuns were told that while they were allowed to use Facebook or Twitter and read online news, they were advised to do so ‘with discretion and sobriety’.”

America Magazine: Can the Catholic Church help young people figure out how to use social media?

America Magazine: Can the Catholic Church help young people figure out how to use social media?. “Rebecca Bratten Weiss knows the power of social media. It has allowed the writer and independent scholar to reach beyond her rural Ohio community and connect with other Catholic thinkers who help her develop ideas and form new relationships. She even has a new chapbook on poetry coming out, co-authored with another writer she met online. But she has fallen victim to the darker sides of digital culture as well.”

National Catholic Register: Priests Make Use of Social Media to Reach Their Flocks

National Catholic Register: Priests Make Use of Social Media to Reach Their Flocks. “Because of the ever-increasing popularity of social media, quite a few priests use it to reach out to their flocks as a form of ministry. Father Leo Patalinghug, who has 75,000 followers on Facebook, 16,000 on Twitter and 7,000 on Instagram, sees it as a means of evangelization. ‘It’s just the new “areopagus” of St. Paul’s time.’ He added, ‘It’s important for various Catholic institutions, parishes and organizations to have a social-media presence.'”