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The Progressive Pope? Francis Demotes Conservative Cardinal

pope francis throneJust last month, Pope Francis determined that now was the time to shake things up in the Vatican.

ICYMI: He claimed that all the “in the beginning” malarkey about how God created the world made the Creator sound more like Harry Potter and less like an omnipotent being. At that time, we knew people would start crying “progressivism!” and murmuring about a dark influence on the Holy See.

While the latter is still brooding, the Pontiff has made another bold decision that could empower his critics: he demoted an “outspoken, American conservative” Cardinal.

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Pope Francis: God Is Not a Wizard and Evolution Is Cool

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Wrong book, sir.

Ever since Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped down as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the smoke cleared (literally) to proclaim him Bishop of Rome, the man now known as Pope Francis has become something of a legend.

There are many, many reasons for that mantle he carries, including becoming someone the PRNewserverse has dubbed “The Patron Saint of PR.” He has single-handedly forced the hand of the entire Catholic Church on issues his predecessors refused to consider — like shacking up, gay priests, the Internet, excommunication, and even working on the Sabbath.

Every time, he has been applauded. This week, however, he sided with Charles Darwin and the Catholic Church lost consciousness.

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Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples So They Won’t Be Shacking Any Longer

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In the past, our fearless leader at PR Newser suggested that Pope Francis has solidified his position as the Patron Saint of PR (though he has not ascended). And with all due respect to the now canonized Saint John Paul II, the Catholic Church desperately needed some good mojo.

And then the white smoke appeared introducing the world to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who later changed his name to Francis.

He has embraced the Twitter, left the grandiose Popemobile for a leisurely walk, proclaimed the Internet to be  a gift from God, scored his own weekly magazine, stated that no one should work on the Sabbath (yeah right), and excommunicated the Mafia.

But what he did over the weekend may have the Catholic Church looking as progressive as a non-denominational community picnic.

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Pope Francis: ‘No One Should Work on the Sabbath. Now, Which Day is That?’

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Because I love it when you call me ‘Il Papa!’

Your humble servants at PRNewser kinda’ dig Pope Francis. And what he said over the weekend gave us another reason to consider this man to be a righteous dude. (And pun seriously intended. Shout out to Jesus!)

Recently he visited an agricultural region of southern Italy called Molise. Unemployment is grossly out of whack, poverty is widespread, yet faith is still a priority. It was there, according to this story in Yahoo! News (via AP), that he indicated that opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs wasn’t beneficial for society.

In fact, he believes if church folk won’t work on Sundays, then no one should work on Sundays.

And the Church said, “AMEN!”

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Pope Francis Excommunicates The Mafia, Angers State of New Jersey

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Thanks, ladies. Check me at the Bada Bing!

It’s no secret that Pope Francis is thoroughly beloved around the world. He has been considered the “Patron Saint of PR.” He thinks the “Internet is a gift from God.” He has even helped the publishing industry by getting his own weekly rag. Also, he can even act like a diva and only follow himself on Twitter (really).

The man is almost immune to #PRFail, so he is able to roll up his sacrosanct sleeves and flex some of that righteous papal muscle when he needs to do so. And boy, did he ever.

From the Holy See: Hey, bad guys. What are youse looking at? Youse guys thinking about Heaven? Fuhgeddaboudit!

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Even the Pope Isn’t Infallible on Twitter

Mistakes on Twitter: we’ve all made them. Hell, we tweeted an incorrect link this morning.

But when you have four million extremely devoted followers, even the smallest slip-up can lead to an inordinate amount of attention–most of it negative.

Today the team behind the Vatican’s own Pope Francis, who we’ve recognized in the past for their social media prowess, added one letter too many to a tweet about two stories that are no laughing matter…and unleashed a stream of NSFW replies that we won’t feature here (because those people don’t need any more attention).

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The very succinct point is that social media is run by humans who require oversight and a strict approval process. Everybody screws up once in a while–even those who answer to a power far higher than Twitter.

[Screengrab via Mediaite, but you shouldn't click the link]

Atlanta Archbishop has Catholics Rethinking Vow of Poverty

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Because that reeks of a humble rectory, right?

If you belong to a Catholic Church, you may know the three vows clerics take when entering the ministry – chastity, conformity, and poverty. Be the life cenobitic (in a monastery) or eremitic (as a hermit), anyone in the clergy is to take on a vow to personify and illustrate the life of Christ.

In terms of the media and PR, this hasn’t been the case for clerics with horrendous stories of altar boys and stuff. Conformity is also something that has been in debate, all the way up to the Pontiff discussing the rights of marriage in the clergy and among the congregation. And now, poverty has taken center stage thanks to Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta.

How? He owns a $2.2 million home and now, he’s being “asked” to sell it.  Read more

Pope Francis Won’t Bless Noah but Did Have Some ‘Crowe’ for Dinner

Pope Francis is a positive mojo machine. In fact, we consider him the patron saint of PR. Because of his overwhelming humility to be tangible and his undeniable ability to be liked, everyone wants a piece of Il Papa’s garment and a little of that Jesus blessing on them.

Including Russell Crowe. No, really. He even tweeted the Pontiff:

Cagey. Effective. Almost begging. Did it work? Yes … and no.

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Pope Francis: ‘The Internet Is a Gift from God.’

pope-francis-internetThat sound you heard was St. Peter’s Basilica asking, “Has he ever heard of the Internet?” 

The Pope is no stranger to making friends. Our fearless leader has been enjoying “Pope Francis: The PR Guy” series since the puff of white smoke went sailing into the March sky of Vatican City making Jorge Mario Bergoglio into the man, the myth, the legend.

Il Papa has not only made himself a friend to the common man, but also the digital one with his handle @Pontifex, which now has more than 3.5 million followers. So, an acolyte of his would think he’s savvy about the Web. And then, he says that?! 

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The 10 Biggest PR Winners of 2013

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Toast of the town

Yesterday we gave your our list of 2013′s biggest losers, so now it’s time to go positive (in keeping with #4 on this list) with the biggest winners of the past twelve months.

Through some combination of skill, good fortune and great public relations, these ten had a pretty good 2013.

Here’s to the promise of a new year; be sure to let us know who we left out.

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