NEW YORK, May 26, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the way the media are playing a photo of President Trump and Pope Francis:

In a classic example of Groupthink, the media and late night talk-show hosts are fixated on one photo of the pope and the president; the former looks dour and the latter is smiling. So what?

Here is a photo they are not flagging.

And just in case you missed it, here is a photo of Pope Francis standing with President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

What do these photos mean? Nothing–nothing at all–unless you work for the mainstream media or need script for a monologue.

NEW YORK, May 26, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — It is perhaps not popularly known that the father of the Big Bang Theory was a Catholic priest named Georges Lemaître, or that an Ohio nun named Sister Ignatia Gavin developed the first hospital treatment center for alcohol and substance abuse, but Catholics have a habit of innovation, except (perhaps ironically) in the field of evangelization, where they often seem downright bashful when compared to your average smoothie enthusiast. One Catholic organization, however, is ready to change that perception. Aleteia, the global Catholic website that launched PopeEmoji during Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the United States, has launched an evangelizing chatbot, and he’s got quite the personality.

“All Christians are called to share our faith, but it’s not easy for most,” said Jesus Colina, Global Editor at “Unless you are able to offer something that you know will be welcome, evangelization can quickly become uncomfortable and leave people feeling intruded upon, instead of inspired.”

Aleteia’s solution to this challenge is an intelligence software agent that recommends articles and stories based on need. Accessing’s 5-years-deep archive of content, the chatbot — nicknamed ePaul after the evangelizing apostle — asks a few questions about the person and situation one is trying to address, and then suggests articles that it thinks will be relevant and helpful.

ePaul, who responds to users with a conversational and understanding voice, lives on and within Facebook Messenger and draws from a curated database of shareable content. “He’s lively,” says Colina, “but he has a serious job: to help people find a way to say ‘I am aware, I care, and so does God.'”

Commissioned by in an effort to support the Roman Catholic Church’s World Communications Day Sunday, May 28th, the chat bot was designed to answer Pope Francis’ call to communicate hope and trust in our time.

“As far as we know, ePaul is the world’s first evangelizing chatbot, ” said Jason Deal, Aleteia’s EVP of Strategy and Marketing. “We hope it is a fun and easy way to share stories of hope, trust, love and faith with loved ones, friends, and acquaintances.”

For more information, please visit the ePaul web page ( or search for AleteiaEN on Facebook.

ANN ARBOR, MI —The Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, announced that yesterday afternoon its affiliated New Jersey attorney, Mr. Michael Hrycak, filed a lawsuit against Bernards Township in New Jersey to void a secret deal by Township officials to allow the construction of a mosque by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, on behalf of Township resident Cody Smith.

The lawsuit alleges that various governmental entities of Bernards Township violated the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (the so-called Sunshine Law) when they entered into settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (Islamic Society). The Islamic Society and the DOJ had filed lawsuits in federal court alleging that the Township had discriminated against the Islamic Society when it declined to approve the construction of a large mosque on a lot that was far too small to handle the contemplated structure. However, the Township agreed to settle the cases without ever disclosing to the public the terms of those agreements. New Jersey courts have routinely held that the New Jersey Sunshine Law requires that the terms of proposed settlement agreements in land use lawsuits be disclosed to the public and open for public comment before any settlement is reached.

Prior to filing his lawsuit, Cody Smith made several attempts, both in writing and verbally at public meetings, to have the Township reveal the proposed terms of the settlements. The Township steadfastly refused, indicating it would not reveal the terms until the settlements were finalized.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of TMLC, observed, “There must be transparency in government. The attempt to shroud these settlements in secrecy is outrageous. Citizens have a right to know what agreements their elected officials are considering making in their names. Furthermore, these citizens have a right to have their public objections heard by their elected representatives before any vote is taken on a settlement.”

TMLC represents several Bernards Township residents who were served with intrusive and harassing subpoenas by Islamic Society attorneys. Their only involvement was to make comments at a public Township hearing. They were non-parties to the lawsuit, had never had an official role in the Township and had no authority to deny the Islamic Society’s permit request. Nonetheless, the subpoenas demanded the production of emails, voicemails, text messages, and social media posts concerning Muslims, Islam, or anything to do with Muslim worship. The subpoenas clearly infringed upon their First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of association. The only purpose of the subpoenas was to punish residents who dared to oppose the Islamic Society’s request.