The disappearing Midnight Mass

It’s happening in the United States—I know of more and more places that are offering “Midnight Mass” a few hours earlier—and it’s a phenomenon that has taken hold in the UK, as well. From The Tablet: With the church ablaze with candles, the Christ child in the crib and the choir singing their carols in [Read More...]

NY Times: “Bolder vision” of Vatican diplomacy under Francis

From Friday’s paper: Perhaps the timing was purely coincidental. But a day after he was credited with helping to broker thehistoric diplomatic breakthrough betweenCuba and the United States, Pope Francisbegan his Thursday morning by greeting a new crop of envoys to the Vatican, and offering some advice. “The work of an ambassador lies in small steps, small things, but [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert’s Top Catholic Moments — UPDATED

As MCPF (My Close Personal Friend) Stephen bids farewell to his show at Comedy Central tonight, Busted Halo has a nifty roundup of top Colbert Catholic moments. This one below, however, remains, my all time favorite.   The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive   UPDATE: James Martin, S.J., [Read More...]

Cancer patient gets her wish granted, meets Pope Francis

From CBS News:  Since birth, they’ve called her “one tough cookie.” Now, Gracie West is living up to that nickname as she fights cancer. She’s had nine rounds of chemotherapy, and when asked if she could have one wish, she said she wanted to meet the pope, CBS News’ Allen Pizzey reports. “My motto is, [Read More...]

Resurrection: After tornado, parish rebuilds, consecrates new church

Some good news, just in time for Christmas, from The Joplin Globe in Missouri: It wasn’t wrapped in red and green paper, and it certainly wasn’t sitting underneath a tree, but the new St. Mary’s Catholic Church was the best holiday gift that parishioners said they could have received this time of year. “It’s like [Read More...]

How Pope Francis helped make history with Cuba

From The Boston Globe: The restoration of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, as well as a prisoner exchange that secured the release of American Alan Gross, was brokered, in part, by the Holy See. A high-ranking Vatican official confirmed Wednesday that the Obama administration and the Vatican have been working together [Read More...]

Serving at table: the deacon who used to be the chef for Cèline Dion

I love this story, from The Catholic Review in Baltimore: If you’re looking for a unique, Maryland-related gift for Christmas, perhaps the place to start is at a parish gift shop, such as the one nestled into the Sexton’s Lodge at America’s first cathedral. Next to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption [Read More...]

Do Catholics support torture?

Is the pope Argentinian? From The Washington Post:  According to a new poll released Tuesday by The Washington Post and ABC News, a majority of Americans believe that torture of suspected terrorists can be justified — even in the wake of graphic revelations by a Senate Intelligence Committee report of exactly what such tactics look like. A majority [Read More...]

14-year-old boy executed for 1944 murder is exonerated

From CBS News:  A 14-year-old South Carolina boy who was quickly convicted of murder and then executed in 1944 has been posthumously exonerated. Judge Carmen Tevis Mullen vacated George Stinney, Jr.’s conviction on Wednesday, stating that the boy’s prosecution was marked by “fundamental, Consitutional violations of due process.” According to the judge’s order, Stinney, who [Read More...]

“We can do anything. We could be heroes…”

This is guaranteed to make you gasp, squeal, swoon, and maybe even feel a lump in your throat. People are awesome. And a little bit nuts. But mostly awesome. Crank up the volume and enjoy! [Read more...]


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