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.”

MIT Technology Review: AI tackles the Vatican’s secrets

MIT Technology Review: AI tackles the Vatican’s secrets. “Even church archivists don’t know what mysteries lie hidden in the Vatican Secret Archives, since many of its documents have never been transcribed. A machine-vision system for medieval text is about to change that.”

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.'”

Digital Library of Georgia: Historic Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah newspapers available online

Digital Library of Georgia: Historic Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah newspapers available online. “The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the release of historic Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah newspapers to the Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (GHN), part of the Digital Library of Georgia, based at the University of Georgia Libraries. The historic Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah publications include the Bulletin (1920-1962) and the Savannah Bulletin (1958).”

Heavenly hosting: Pittsburgh institutions helped digitize the archives of the late English Cardinal (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Heavenly hosting: Pittsburgh institutions helped digitize the archives of the late English Cardinal. “Devotees of the late Cardinal John Henry Newman believe he has a spot in heaven, and they’re hoping the pope soon formally declares him a saint. In the meantime, the 19th century English Catholic priest has already achieved a durable perch in another ethereal location: cyberspace.”

ACNS: Pre-Anglican Lusitanian newspaper archive now online

Anglican Communion News Service: Pre-Anglican Lusitanian newspaper archive now online. “The earliest copies of the Jornal Igreja Lusitana – the Lusitanian Church Newspaper – have been digitised and made available online by the Portuguese public archive. The Evangelical Apostolic Catholic Lusitanian Church was founded in 1880 by a group of former Roman Catholic priests and laity; and 14 years later, in 1894, they began publishing the Jornal Igreja Lusitana, which is now an important record of the history of the growth of Protestantism in Portugal.”