Historic: first married couple to be canonized together

From Zenit:  Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, informed recently that the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux – Louis and Zelie Martin --, will be canonized this October, coinciding with the Synod on the Family, which will take place at that time in the Vatican. Thanks be to God in October two spouses, parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized,” said the Salesian Cardinal, at a recent meeting organized by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LE … [Read More...]


“Priest” offers to hear confessions via Snapchat?

From San Antonio: Instead of turning to church to confess your sins, could you instead turn to your phone?A local ordained priest says he's offering confessions digitally for the first time through the Snapchat app.  However, some faithful believers are skeptics. "It's not confession.  It's not what the sacrament is all about," said Rev. Tony Vilano.  He hears confessions in person daily at San Fernando Cathedral downtown.  He questions who could be behind the online confessions."He's no … [Read More...]

Want to become a better confessor?

I got an email yesterday about this, and it looks very enticing: The Thomistic Institute will be holding its fourth annual Conference for Priests, Becoming a Better Confessor: Using the Virtues and Vices in the Confessional, this summer at Baltimore's historic Basilica of the Assumption, from July … [Read More...]

Vatican: “Threat exists” from ISIS against pope, but “we know of no plan for an attack”

From Crux:While acknowledging that ISIS represents a real threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says security services have no knowledge of a planned attack. “The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign c … [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting: baby bottles that look like beer bottles

From The Los Angeles Times: Babies don't drink beer, and for good reason. But if you'd like for all the parents in your Mommy & Me class to give you dirty looks -- and question your sanity -- you can now at least give the illusion of handing your child a baby beer bottle.Perpetual Kid, an … [Read More...]

Kidnapped mother of priest rescued in Nigeria

Praise God.Details: The mother of a priest in the Madison Catholic Diocese has been rescued after being kidnapped in Nigeria and held captive for a week, according to the diocese. The woman, Virginia Arinze, had been abducted at gunpoint from her home on the afternoon of Feb. 21, Nigerian … [Read More...]

Bishop calls for month of prayer for persecuted Christians

The following letter was issued by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence this morning:Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. . . . If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it. … [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert talks saints, Lent, scripture—and he dances

This is something else: a side of the late night star many haven't seen before.He stopped by the offices of America magazine to chat with Fr. James Martin.Check this out. You will smile.Photo via Wikipedia … [Read More...]

A priest who spent 50 years “jousting with The New York Times”

Catholic News Agency reports: A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton’s resolve to rebut the New York Times on its editorial opinions regarding matters of faith and morals.The New York priest has submitted Letters to the Editor of the publication since 1961 and r … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: judge yourself

From his homily this morning, via Vatican Radio: It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The readings of the day focused on the subject of … [Read More...]

What does it take to be a good shepherd?

Meet a man who knows.A fascinating and informative video on the profession—and on so much more—from the gifted Robert Duncan at CNS.Share this with a priest or seminarian you know.  (He may even find rich source material here for a homily on Good Shepherd Sunday...)Image via Wiki … [Read More...]

For Lent, Chicago offers “Festival of Forgiveness”

I'll be curious to hear how this event went.Vatican Insider reports:From 12 noon yesterday (Friday 27th) until midday today (Saturday 28th) local time, the doors of many Catholic churches in Chicago will be open to all those seeking forgiveness, mercy and consolation through prayer. The … [Read More...]

Boom: with seminarian numbers surging, one diocese launches a capital campaign to support them

This is a nice problem to have.From The Wisconsin State Journal:Midway through the Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville, the service took a sharp turn toward fundraising. Monsignor Daniel Ganshert, the parish priest, told parishioners that for years, people in the M … [Read More...]

PR heavyweight hired to fight SF archbishop

From The SF Weekly: There's a new contender in the faith-fueled fight between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and parents, students, and teachers of local Catholic schools. Media relations heavyweight Sam Singer is now representing the embattled Catholics of conscience in the holy war of public … [Read More...]

The lives they lived: meet the Coptic martyrs of ISIS

Sophia Jones from the Huffington Post has interviewed the families of some of the 21 Coptic martyrs and posted this moving glimpse into the lives they lived:  Death is everywhere in Al Aour. When a video surfaced late Sunday showing Islamic State fighters beheading 21 men in Libya, it seemed no f … [Read More...]

A prayer for our times: “Way of the Cross in Solidarity with the Persecuted Church”

These were composed by Archbishop Samir Nassar, the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, and published in the UK's Catholic Herald. From the 4th Station, Jesus Meets His Mother: Wounded and suffering, carrying the cross of humanity, Jesus meets his mother and the face of all humanity. In this m … [Read More...]

Helping the deacon learn the Exsultet

Music director Richard J. Clark has some wise advice on climbing this Everest of chants, and he concludes:Most every line is a gem. But while trying to concentrate on the notes, make sure you allow the boundless blessings of this text to supersede all that you communicate to the faithful. Here’s … [Read More...]

Charity is raising money for children of 21 Coptic martyrs

Details from The Catholic Herald: Egyptian charity Coptic Orphans has launched a crowdsourcing fund to support the children of the Coptic martyrs killed in Libya.The charity, which was founded in 1988 by Copts in the United States, says it has identified 12 children left fatherless when ISIS mu … [Read More...]