As events have unfolded over the weekend in Rome, Acton staff members have been called upon by many news organizations to lend some perspective on the legacy of Pope John Paul II. Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute, was a guest on the FOX News Channel yesterday. Kishore Jayabalan, director of the institute’s Rome office, has also been interviewed on CNN and FOX News. Keep abreast of the activities of Acton staff and media coverage at Acton’s special section on Pope John Paul II.
Acton Institute audio files are now available via a “podcast.”
A podcast is similar to an RSS feed (in fact it is an RSS feed) but the intention is to describe audio files. These files are read by a podcast aggregator which will automatically download the audio files associated with the podcast and allow you to listen to them on your computer. Many aggregators will also automatically transfer the downloaded files to the music library on your computer and even to your iPod – thus the name “podcast.”
All new files uploaded to the Acton website will be podcasted.
The Acton podcast can be found here.
Links to sample podcast readers are available here.
The Acton Institute has put together a special section in honor of Pope John Paul II. Here you’ll find pictures of the Pope with Acton president Fr. Robert Sirico, up-to-date media items featuring commentary and reflection by Acton staff, and links to resources about the pope and his legacy.
We launch this new Web log as the world mourns the passing of John Paul II. We will be continually updating this blog to bring you the latest commentary and news from Acton staff and friends. In keeping with the institute’s ecumenical outlook, the blog will feature a rich lode of Catholic content on John Paul’s life and legacy, and views from other faith traditions.
As pilgrims head for Rome and the pontiff’s funeral, we will witness the spectacle of the famous and mighty paying their respects. But in all walks of life, all over the world, people will feel his absence as they feel the loss of a true friend or family member. "This death is a shock to me," said Danuta Bialek, 50, a nurse mourning with tens of thousands in Lagiewniki, a sanctuary near Krakow. "He offered us enormous support and help, opening the world to us. I still cannot imagine the world without him."
Nor can millions of others.