Pope Francis: The Vatican has confirmed the announced that Francis will be making his way to Mexico in 2016. Not much is really known about the trip other than a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 2016 looks like a busy traveling year for Francis, he will be going to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Poland (World Youth Day), Malta and Armenia along with the newly confirmed Mexico. That’s a lot of countries to visit and there has already been confirmation about a trip to Fatima in 2017. Pope Francis will be a busy since he also will be writing some sort of Apostolic Exhortation about the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which is focusing on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.
ABC Family: After years of being some sort of “family” network ABC Family will be rebranded in the New Year as Freeform. Not much else will change with the network, just the name and it will be a break from the ABC/Disney naming conventions, Freefrom will still try to build up it’s own network shows and I can only assume that the Harry Potter marathons and the classic 25 days of Christmas programming blocks will stay the same.
The Splat: As I speculated back when it was first announced it’s like an Adult Swim on Teen Nick, the one big problem that I have with the network is that it is not in HD at this point, but at least there is now a place where I can watch some of the classic shows from the 90s.