Media Links

Newspapers and Magazines – Canadian

BC Catholic

This web site is a weekly publication serving the needs of the Catholic Community in British Columbia. It is also the official newspaper of the archdiocese of Vancouver. This is an excellent resource for Catholic educators to stay abreast of current publications and important information from the archdiocese. — R. Mazzotta

Catholic Insight

A website dealing with many issues from a Catholic perspective. The website contains editorials dealing with present issues concerning Catholics such as Same Sex Marriage and Homosexuality. The site also contains regular articles on a variety of topics that include the church, politics, saints, society, film and book reviews.–Daniel McNamara

Catholic Register – Toronto

The home page of this weekly Toronto publication included such links as “This Week,” Opinion, Features, Our Faith, Arts & Culture, Youth, and Information. From the perspective of a Catholic Educator, it provides useful information on matters the Church is dealing with worldwide. I especially liked the link aimed at Youth, as it would be a useful exercise to have high school students peruse one article a week and reflect on it as a part of their journal activities. In this way, current issues could be discussed and used as starting points for certain units of study. –Susan Arena

Western Catholic Reporter

The Western Catholic Reporter is the largest religious weekly newspaper in Canada. Serving primarily the Edmonton Archdiocese this paper is also distributed throughout the US and Canada. Besides the weekly features by such noted writers as Ron Rolheiser, there is information from the Archbishop as well as statements from the bishops on current issues. This site’s mission is to serve it’s readers by deepening their faith through accurate information and reflective commentary on current events and issues of concern to the catholic church. This site would be useful to the Catholic Educator by providing current, accurate, information on events and issues from a Canadian Catholic perspective. -Jurgen Schneider

Newspapers and Magazines – International

American Catholic

It contains articles from Catholic Update, question and answers,  scriptures from scratch, youth updates, seasonal features, prayer intentions and the list goes on and on. It is useful to Catholic educators because the articles are easy to understand and provide great insight into Catholicism. Would be great for intermediate and senior classes. — D. Ritchie

Catholic Update

The Catholic Update provides interesting and informative information on all aspects of Catholic faith. This site has a specific link targeted for today’s youth, with articles written for their understanding.  have gone on to use many of these articles in my classroom, as an additional resource for a particular topic or as a means to spark discussion. The articles are well written and suitable for students. -IP

Christianity Today

This website informs, inspires, and connects Christians. It is full of newspaper articles from around the world about touching stories. It is continuously updated with international Catholic and Christian news. In addition, you can subscribe to Christian Magazine (11 issues) absolutely free. This site is useful because of its continuous updates in terms of international news and happenings. Great site for students and teachers … may want to take advantage of the free Christian magazine subscription … looks likes its worth reading! — Patrizia Barilla

First Things Journal

This site is founded by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, which is an interreligious non partisan research and educational institute with a purpose to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society. There were an array of articles and essays on topics relating to religion and faith issues. This would be most useful for senior level courses in religion and other areas of the curriculum. On this site you can browse past issues and topics and engage in various discussions about these topics. Also, if you wish to begin your own discussion group they will advertise your related topic for you. — Carmela D’Amato

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

This website seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The web site provides full length articles on religious news, events, survey and publications. Additional links are also provided for further research. Great resource for any type of world issues class.– A. Grimes

U.S. Catholic Magazine 

U.S. Catholic puts faith in the context of everyday life. With a strong focus on social justice, we offer a fresh and balanced take on the issues that matter most in our world, adding a faith perspective to such challenges as poverty, education, family life, and pop culture. Each month’s issue is packed with comprehensive reporting, in-depth interviews, colorful opinion essays, cultural commentary, media reviews, and more. For nearly 80 years we have been a courageous, forward-thinking forum for discussion among a broad range of voices. Start reading and join the conversation. U.S. Catholic magazine is published by the Claretians.

National Catholic Reporter 

The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company is a Missouri based nonprofit organization which attempts to inform the public on Roman Catholic tradition, and serve the poor, and the marginalized of society. Through newsletters it gives readers an understanding of social justice, environmental responsibilities and world peace issues. — Tony C.

New Internationalist Magazine  

Celebrating its 43rd year of publication in 2016, the New Internationalist is renowned for its radical, campaigning stance on a range of world issues, from the cynical marketing of babymilk in the Majority World to human rights in Burma. The New Internationalist magazine is published ten times a year and has won several awards, including an Amnesty Media Award in 2012 and an Utne Reader Award in 2013. The magazine sets out to explain and inform, giving readers the essentials of a subject in a concise, easy-to-read full-colour format with excellent photos and graphics.

Origins

This web site provides a source for current official documents published by the Vatican, The Pope, Bishops, Congress, The White House, and church leaders from around the world. As a service provided for over 25 years, the Catholic News Service is reliable and accurate. Catholic Educators might find this site useful for quick, accurate reference concerning current events and issues looked at from a Catholic perspective. Coverage is balanced and fair with 47 new issues every year. -Jurgen Schneider

St. Anthony Messenger Magazine

St. Anthony Messenger is America’s best-selling Catholic magazine, published each month by the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sojourners Magazine

Sojourners is a national Christian organization committed to faith in action for social justice. We seek to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. With a 40-year history, Sojourners is a nonpartisan leader that convenes, builds alliances among, and mobilizes people of faith, focusing on racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. Working through Sojourners magazine, Sojourners’ website sojo.net, public speaking events, media outreacheducational resources, books, advocacy, and trainings, Sojourners is an internationally influential voice at the intersection offaithpolitics, and culture.

Theology Library

(includes some online Catholic Periodicals) is a Catholic’s collection of 118 pages and over 5,100 links in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.- Vilma Noronha

Webzines and web resources

Beliefnet 

This is a great website with links to areas of interest pertaining to many different religions. It offers a Holiday Sampler of Religious Holidays around the world. Other topics include inspiration, spirituality and morality. There are discussions, quizzes, prayer circles and daily readings that can be downloaded from this site. As Catholic educators, this site demonstrates to both children and adults that in as much as we are different, we are all fundamentally the same – struggling to be the best people that we can be. –S. Di Gregorio

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Catholic.net

This website contains an ample amount of information dealing with issues about the Catholic Church, social justice, and family life. In addition, this site has its own news reporting dealing with social and political matters on a local, national and international level. This is an excellent resource for teachers and students on the intermediate and senior level in the subject areas of religion, history and politics. — Filomena Ferraro

Catholic Culture

This is a site that offers unlimited resources for the catholic teacher. Topics covering everything from Why mass? to Mary in Our Life. All done in alphabetical order. very neat, very clean. As well it offers a site on the liturgical year, by month,day an year. Offers suggestions for activities and so much more.–Matthew Marosszeky

Catholic Information Network

This web site offers news, information and discussion boards that pertain to the Catholic faith. Teachers will be able to research information for spiritual and professional growth. On-line users will have access to Catholic radio sites, prayers, mass readings, and much more.–Lia Fera

Catholic Media Coalition

The Catholic Media Coalition is an organization of Catholic writers, webmasters, editors, and others engaged in producing media for and about the Catholic Church.

Coming from all over the United States and members of different approved Catholic Rites, we welcome all practicing Catholic members of the media who are loyal to the Magisterium and to Church teaching.

Catholic Media Resources

Sample section:

Catholic Blogs

Blogging Cardinals

Catholic New Media

Catholic Online

this website includes several resourses for tje catholic community. Information presented in the website include: information about stains and angels, Vatican news, a bookstore, Catholic newspapers and newsletters, Catholic media sites with latest movie reviews by U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting, and asection where Catholic singles are able to connect. this website if useful because it helps us deepen our understanding of our Catholic Faith. It also keeps us updated on current events that are happening in the Catholic community.– TD

Catechist Magazine

CATECHIST magazine is written for catechists in parish religious education programs and for teachers of religion in Catholic schools. For nearly four decades, CATECHIST magazine has been the leading periodical that helps both the veteran and the first-year catechist/teacher be more successful.

www.christianity.ca

This web site is Canada’s online Christian magazine and resource center. Over 700 articles dealing with a variety of topics. You can find discussions on many topics. You can even do searches. This is useful to a Catholic educator because it has many different options for research, updates on current events and more. — Leanne Stallone

Catholic News Services

Catholic.net

Catholic.net is the first Catholic website founded in 1995 by James Mulholland in response to the realities of church life emerged on the Internet. Its intention is to provide information to help Catholics form a Christ-like character, so that they can transform the culture with the Truth of the Gospel transmitted to us by Holy Mother Church, which is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

Catholic World News

This is an independent international news syndicate which is staffed by lay Catholic journalists, who are dedicated to providing accurate world news. The articles are written from a distinctively Catholic perspective and they are distributed through the Internet. Catholic World News also provides digests and reports from the Vatican daily, as well as occasional feature articles. –Maria Pellegrino

Independent Catholic News

The Independent Catholic News is a British news magazine. In addition to the “latest news” about Catholicism from other parts of the world, the site offers event listings for the UK, an archive of past news and features, a “Saint of the Day” page and a Sunday reflection. It is a wonderful source of information about the Church outside North America. I really enjoyed the news pieces from Africa and Asia as it reinforces the universality of the Church. – OdeS

Vatican Information Services

This web site is a must for individuals who would like to discover the Catholic Church from the Vatican perspective. Detailed links on the web site include: The Roman Curia, News services from the Vatican, Library/Secret Archives, Vatican Museums and Vatican City States. There are also informative links for scholars who are searching for information on the Cathechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scriptures, Liturgies and other pertinent information. — Tony C.

Movie & TV Review Sites from religious perspectives

Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)

This website is consisted of the following categories: Catholic news, Faith, Libraries, Gallery (art) and many others. The Faith section includes teachings, Catholic Q & A, explanation on catechism, daily homily and pope’s weekly message. The Libraries section features many articles on Pope John Paul II including his trips and writings. The specialty site also offers information on Pentecost, divine mercy, etc. This site is full of resources and covers a variety of topics on the Catholic faith. – – W. Sum

Franciscan Media

Hollywood Jesus

The purpose of this website is to explore, examine and review the pop culture of today, from a spiritual perspective. This site offers a wealth of information on recent movies and their connection to Jesus. — Janet Ferlisi

Movie Theme Index Page

Textweek’s Movie  lays out movies out according to theme.

Pauline Books & Media or http://www.daughtersofstpaul.com/

This website provides on-line shopping for books, videos and CDs. There is also a separate section for children’s media. A listing of their store locations in North America is also available. The “growing in faith” section offers “saint-a-day”, daily cyber prayer and prayer requests. It also contains a section on vocation information, and spirituality and mission of the daughters of St. Paul. — W. Sum

romancatholictv.com

“For the past seven years, Villagers, in co-production with four founding Roman Catholic institutional partners, has developedromancatholictv.com (RCTV) to serve the needs of Catholic organizations historically providing catechetical materials to Catholic education communities. RCTV co-producers include: Pontifical Mission Societies (worldmissiontv.ca);Redemptorists Edmonton-Toronto (redemptorist.tv); Scarboro Missions (scarboromissionstv.com); Building Bridges Project/ Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs/ Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (kateritv.com). Co-produced by Villagers, these catechetical materials are easily available via romancatholictv.com. The Internet service is free-of-charge; DVDs are made available at cost. The YouTube version of romancatholictv.com serves the widest-possible audience, including those who might wish to know more about what Catholic education is all about. Early feedback from Catholic teachers reports that romancatholictv.com fulfills a need for made-in-Canada, current, easily available and free-of-charge material that reflects the diversity of Church leadership, male and female, consecrated and lay, their ministries and initiatives — across the country and on the global stage. Romancatholictv.com builds on the Villagers-produced Catholic Journal (see note below). Catholicity of Catholic Journal was guaranteed by participating organizations; this continues with romancatholictv.com. Villagers applies production and creative skills to the co-producer’s content expertise. As with Catholic Journal, romancatholictv.com offers video and resource guides in key religious education areas (health ethics, vocations, mission awareness, moral issues, sacramental preparation, and global justice). romancatholictv.com now invites all Catholic organizations with a mission to educate the public, especially young people, about their issues and charisms, to join this innovative initiative. See also http://www.providencesisterstv.com/

Salt and Light

“Born on the wings of the 2002 World Youth Day in Canada, Salt + Light is a unique instrument of the New Evangelization. It is dedicated to being – and helping others become – the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ and the joy of the Gospel to the world by telling stories of hope that bring people closer to Christ and the Catholic faith.
We share the joys and hopes of the Gospel through television, radio, print, and online media. Our work unites people together through prayer, celebration, reflection, education, authentic dialogue and enquiry, thought-provoking reporting and stories of faith and action. We also challenge believers to grow in the knowledge of the faith and the Catholic tradition in its many expressions. We strive to offer an invitation to all peoples, especially those on the peripheries of faith and the Church, to draw closer to the Lord and experience the community of the Church.” Enterprises: TV, Documentaries, Radio, Magazine, Social Media

Teach With Movies

A web site that can be used for both teachers and parents alike to help introduce children to:
*major events in history
*great achievements in civilization
*extraordinary men and women who have shaped our world
*works of music, drama, dance, literature and visual arts
*ethical, cultural and social issues facing children as they mature
Such a web site is useful for Catholic Educators because movies provide such a powerful medium that if used in an appropriate manner can enhance teachers delivery of curriculum at any level. – Jurgen SchneiderThis is a great site for both parents and teachers. This site offers parents and teachers the opportunity to educate children by showing them a movie of what they are trying to teach. The movies listed on this site provide accurate details and accounts of what truly occurred. The movies also provide parents and teachers with a learning guide which gives them background information on the movie. the learning guide also provides teachers and parents with helpful and useful discussion questions. The site also lists movies which are not recommended for teachers to view in the classroom. It also lists beside the movie the appropriate age level of the movie. -Rose Di Cresce

Catholic News Services – Movie Reviews

The last four weeks of movie reviews. If you would like to find a specific movie do a search in the “Find a movie” box.

Vision Video

“We rejoice to be in the fourth decade of bringing you a wide range of Christian and family DVDs. Today we offer more than 1400 titles with ample selections for all age groups. Selections include drama, documentary, live events, curriculum, and rare historical footage among the many genres. We understand our calling is to provide video resources that would allow families and churches to have an historic awareness of how God has worked among his people over the centuries.”

Secular

Adbusters: Culture Jammers

The mission of this website is to criticize the injustices in our global economy. This organization is a network of artists, activists, writers, students, and educators who are part of a movement in the age of information. This group also challenges the existing power structures and questions the way we live our lives. This site develops ads to poke fun of corporations and corporate logos. These ads can be used in the classroom to promote discussion on how name-brands dictate the way we, and the social injustices this lifestyle creates. — Filomena Ferraro   Teachers are urged to monitor the site before using with students, because occasionally  some of the material is questionable.

BBC Religion & Ethics

The BBC on-line web site has a section on news from a religious and ethical perspective. The news is extremely current but not Canadian. The issues though are world issues and would benefit any teacher dealing with ethical topics. For instance, current issues give examples of news stories that deal with racism, embryo transplantation and poverty. It would provide a great starting point for discussion about issues that are relevant at all times.  — Debbie Mayos

Center for Media Literacy

This non profit organization believes in media literacy for children and adults. Its mission is to bring media literacy education to every child in the world. They have an online catalog of media literacy materials for teachers. Also available are links to others sites such as faith based organizations. — J. Cocchetto

Media Awareness Network

The Media Awareness Network is a Canadian non-profit website providing educators and parents with information and a diverse range of resources on media literacy. The goal is to equip educators and parents with the knowledge they require in order to effectively teach youth about media literacy. It provides analysis of such media channels as the Internet, television, movies, video games, and music. It provides insight into how the marketing pressures channeled through the media impact and influence young people. The site is filled with many fascinating facts and articles. In a world where so many people fall victim to consumerism and take on a secular way of life, this website seeks to equip students with critical thinking skills that will help them interpret the world around them.

PBS-Religious & Ethics Newsweekly

This weekly magazine features current stories in the news that involve global religious and ethical issues. The magazine also contains a multi-faith calendar, an opportunity to subscribe to an on-line newsletter, and a special feature specifically for teachers. This site is beneficial for all end-users who would like to access current news information. It is especially beneficial for educators because it offers lesson plans, tips and resources for classroom use.

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