Deacons witness execution of Catholic inmate in Georgia

From The Georgia Bulletin:  The State of Georgia executed Warren Lee Hill, who had received the sacraments of the Catholic Church while on death row, the evening of Jan. 27. Hill, sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of a fellow inmate, died by lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court denied his application for a [Read More...]

Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artist Tony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles.  From Vatican Radio:  The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be [Read More...]

Pope makes surprise visit to refugee camp

Details from CNS:  When Pope Francis walked through the gate surrounding a group of shacks and very humble homes, it took a while for people to notice. In fact, when a couple of people looked out their doors, the pope’s chief security guard motioned them to come over.“Papa Francisco!” someone shouted in Spanish, and then [Read More...]

The speakin’ deacon: thanks to divine Providence

Spent a wonderful 24 hours in scenic, snowy Providence, Rhode Island Friday and Saturday, speaking to the convocation of deacons at the elegant Radisson Hotel at the airport. About 100 deacons and their wives attended to hear my talk on “Evangelization in the Digital Age.” I received a gracious welcome from Deacon James Walsh and his crew. [Read More...]

Archdiocese of San Francisco issues “clarifying” statements for high school faculty on sex

Details: The conservative Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has developed a new document for Catholic high school faculty and staff clarifying that sex outside of marriage, homosexual relations, the viewing of pornography and masturbation are “gravely evil.” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s document applies to faculty and staff at four Catholic high schools: Riordan and Sacred [Read More...]

For Candlemas: “Let there be light”

View image | From my homily for The Presentation of the Lord in 2014:  This is a moment for cherishing once more the greatest gift that arrived 40 days ago on Christmas. The gift of our salvation. The gift of Christ. The gift of light. The holy and aged Simeon in today’s gospel said [Read More...]

A glimpse at the “hip hop Mass”

The photo above is now making the rounds on Facebook. It appears to come from an Episcopal liturgy that first became popular in the United States about a decade ago. Check out this article on the hip hop Mass from 2004:  It’s a religious form of hip hop which includes the publication of a hip hop [Read More...]

Stunning pro-life witness: “In choosing life, we chose sorrow. But we also chose joy.”

Treasa and George Matysek rest their hands on their unborn baby, Georgie, when he was still in his mother’s womb. (Courtesy Matysek family / Catholic Review) This comes from my friend George Matysek in the Catholic Review of Baltimore. If you read only one pro-life story this day, this should be it. Pass it on. [Read More...]

In new interview, Archbishop Gänswein discusses Pope Francis, the Curia and the media

From blogger Mark de Vries (h/t to Diane Korzeniewski) An interesting interview in Christ & Welt, a weekly supplement to Die Zeit in Germany, with Archbishop Georg Gänswein yesterday. It sheds some interesting lights on recent developments in the Vatican, such as Pope Francis’ Christmas talk to the Curia, the Pope’s relationship with the media, the [Read More...]

Fr. Roger Landry of Fall River headed to U.N.

From The Fall River Herald:  The Rev. Roger Landry, a Fall River Catholic priest and pastor of St. Bernadette Church in the Flint, will soon be leaving parish life for a high-profile assignment at the United Nations. On March 3, Landry, 44, will begin working for the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. [Read More...]