Beatification information

What with the celebration of Queen’s Day here in the Netherlands and the assorted social engagements that accompany it, I find little time to write something substantial about tomorrow’s big event: the beatification of Pope John Paul II, whom we may from then on call Blessed John Paul II. Luckily, several other bloggers and reporters are in Rome to share the amazing atmosphere in the eternal city with their readers. I happily link to them.

Father Roderick and Steve Nelson are in Rome for SQPN. They give a foretaste of the excitement and the crowds here. Anna Arco of the Catholic Herald shares her first Roman blog post to give an excellent overview of the events of today, including the closure of St. Peter’s Square at 1 this afternoon until 5:30 tomorrow. Finally, Rocco Palmo, of the excellent Whispers in the Loggia, offers several detailed posts about the preparations as well.

I will spend tomorrow morning in front of the tv. Dutch Catholic broadcaster RKK will start live coverage at 10 in the morning.

Fr. Michel Remery celebrated Mass for the Dutch pilgrims in Rome's church of the Frisians today

Photo credit: Louis Runhaar/RKK

Secrets of Star Trek, episode 1: Leadership

Last week I participated in a recording of the first Secrets of Star Trek podcast for SQPN. Together with Father Roderick, Steve Nelson, Mike Kuypers and Maria Johnson, I spoke about such topics as leadership as depicted in the various Star Trek series. It’s a bit heavy on the original series and The Next Generation, of which I know a bit less than the other series, but it’s fun nonetheless.

The ‘Secrets of…’  format is an easy way to discuss and hear about various topics. Fr Roderick has used it successfully to go into the Harry Potter books, the Star Wars films, the Lord of the Rings et cetera.

While SQPN is  a Catholic new media network, the podcasts in these series are not exclusively Catholic (whatever that would mean), but do go into topics which we also find in faith and the life of the Church. It’s a low threshold to get introduced to these topics and the TV series itself.

Go here to listen to or download the first episode.