Possible treatment for paralysis? “This is more impressive than a man walking on the moon”

A remarkable development that appears to show great promise—and, not insignificantly, involves using adult cells: Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack, can walk again after doctors used a new technique to construct a “nerve bridge” between two stumps of his damaged spinal column. The technique, described in the [Read More...]

Pope: “A Christian is one who knows how to await Jesus…he or she is a person of hope”

“He who does not await Jesus, who closes his door to Jesus, does not allow him to go forward with his work of peace, of community, of citizenship. And he does more: he gives us a name. He renders us children of God. We need to adopt an attitude that contains Christian hope. A Christian [Read More...]

Fiancée, family of Dallas Ebola victim staying at Catholic conference center

Details from The Dallas Morning News:  Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said he hesitated only briefly before offering up the Catholic Diocese’s conference center as housing for Louise Troh and her family. “I had to think of the consequences but it was in my heart all the time that I had to do something,” Farrell said Monday, [Read More...]

From 1978: Ratzinger on Paul VI, “who fought strenuously against the idea of retiring”

A priest reader brought this to my attention: a homily delivered by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Germany a few days after the death of Pope Paul VI—now Blessed Paul VI. The homily is both eloquent and poignant, with one passage that seems almost prophetic:  Paul VI increasingly accepted his papal service as a metamorphosis of [Read More...]

Watch out, Madonna: Sister Cristina turns “Like a Virgin” into a prayer

This is something. Italy’s fabled “Singing Nun” from “The Voice” has released her first video, and it is lightyears from what Madonna must have imagined. The original video, of course, featured the singer gliding through the canals of Venice as a bride. Well, here we have the singer as a bride of Christ. Singing in and around churches. [Read More...]

If you’ve read “Rebuilt,” you’ll want to read this

The book “Rebuilt” has become something of a phenomenon of modern American Catholicism: the story of how a parish in Maryland almost literally “rebuilt” itself, rethinking everything from liturgy to lay participation and beyond.  I’ve lost track of the number of priests, deacons and even bishops who have asked me “Have you read ‘Rebuilt’?” (One [Read More...]

Stunning video: stranger rescues man from fire

Get a load of this: The story: An unknown man was being heralded as a hero on Saturday for carrying a man out of a burning duplex near McLane High School in east-central Fresno. Firefighters were dispatched to the two-alarm fire at 8:14 a.m. on the 4300 block of East Dakota Avenue, near the intersection [Read More...]

Despite decline in Catholicism, millions turn out for Brazilian celebration of Mary

RNS reports:  More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the cart that bore the beloved statue, dragging [Read More...]

“We cannot resign ourselves to thinking about the Middle East without Christians”

Pope Francis delivered that comment this morning. From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday morning in the Vatican. Originally scheduled in order to proceed with the causes of candidates for beatification, the Holy Father expanded the agenda of the meeting to include discussion of the ongoing crisis in the [Read More...]

Francis on Paul: “This great pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle…”

“For the gift of this Synod and for the constructive spirit which everyone has shown, in union with the Apostle Paul “we give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers” (1 Th 1:2).  May the Holy Spirit, who during these busy days has enabled us to work generously, in [Read More...]


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