“We believe he died with forgiveness in his heart”

A move is afoot to have a South African hero declared a saint.  But it’s not happening without controversy. Details:   Everyone in this poor northern corner of South Africa has a story about Benedict Daswa’s kindness to his neighbors, his schoolteacher colleagues, the young villagers he helped to feed. It’s therefore all the more [Read More...]

Running the race for the faith

A priest I met recently in Indianapolis, Fr. Rick Nagel, is behind a unique way of raising interest in vocations — one that could really give the priesthood legs. Details:   Running a marathon is “very healthy for mind, body and spirit,” but it is also an excellent way to promote Catholicism, particularly vocations, said [Read More...]

“Go and announce the gospel of the Lord”

That was the theme of the retreat I preached this weekend to the deacons of Pittsburgh in scenic Latrobe, Pennsylvania, at St. Vincent’s College.  (That’s the basilica pictured above.)  It was a rewarding weekend in many ways, and I left well-nourished physically AND spiritually!  Thank you to all of those whose prayers and warm wishes accompanied us. [Read More...]

Report: Suri Cruise to attend NYC Catholic school

And — if reports are true — not just any parish school, either.  Details:  E! News has learned that Katie Holmes, who recentlysettled her divorce with Cruise and reportedly attained primary custody of the 6-year-old, has enrolled Suri in Manhattan’s prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart school. And as if attending Catholic church isn’t enough of a change for [Read More...]

Come Holy Ghost: Class receives Sacrament of Confirmation in hospital with leukemia patient

A Texas reader sent this my way, describing it as “awesome” — and she’s right. Read on:  Alexis Enriquez was sitting in a hospital room at Cook Children’s Medical Center May 14 when doctors delivered some disappointing news. The 15-year-old high school freshman, undergoing treatment for a third bout of leukemia, was scheduled for a [Read More...]

Homily for July 15, 2012: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[I'm preaching a retreat this weekend to the deacons of Pittsburgh and their wives.  The theme is taken from one of the new dismissals at Mass: "Go and announce the gospel of the Lord."  Below is the homily I'll be delivering at the final liturgy on Sunday.] [Click here for readings] Boston’s Fenway Park has [Read More...]

On the road again

  I depart for Pittsburgh later this morning, to give a retreat to the diocese’s deacons and their wives in the scenic splendor of St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe. (Fifty years ago, my old pastor was a seminarian there, and his spiritual director was a fellow by the name of Rembert Weakland.) I’m looking forward [Read More...]

Will it be grandparents who save the faith?

One woman from Ireland is counting on it.  She’s entrepreneur Catherine Wiley, who has founded the Catholic Grandparents Association, and now bishops around the world are asking her to set up branches in their diocese. Details: Upon returning to her native Mayo, Catherine organised a grandparents’ pilgrimage in Knock in 2006, which 5,000 people attended. [Read More...]

Gallup: American confidence in organized religion at all-time low

Details:  According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans today have a lot of confidence in organized religion, compared to 66 percent in 1973 when organized religion or church was the highest rated institution in Gallup’s “confidence in [Read More...]

Swing low, sweet flashmob…

Admit it: you have been waiting and WAITING for someone to do a gospel flash mob with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”  Haven’t you? Well, the wait is over. The setting: the University of Toronto, last month.  Chancellor David R. Peterson was about to depart after a six-year term. The faculty and students arranged a little [Read More...]

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, caring for the things they leave behind

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington has become a magnet for memories, and countless people leave at the wall their own personal tokens of love, gratitude and grief.  Catholic News Service looks at a remarkable corner of the Washington bureaucracy that helps care for these objects, many of which have religious meaning. [Read more...]

The drug dealer who became a monk

A remarkable vocation story from Vancouver, British Columbia: After years of a life of hedonism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, who currently lives the monastic life in the [Read More...]

The (abridged) history of Western Music, told through “It’s A Wonderful World”

Here’s a fun little palate-cleanser for you, from the fiendishly clever folks at CDZA:  [Read more...]

“Fidelity oaths” spark controversy, resignations in Virginia — UPDATED

Details, from the Washington Post: Kathleen Riley knows her beliefs on the male-only priesthood and contraception put her at odds with leaders of her church. But as a fifth-generation Catholic who went to a Catholic school and grew up to teach in one, Riley feels the faith deeply woven through her. So when her Arlington [Read More...]

When celebrities return to the faith

Following reports that Katie Holmes is joining a Catholic parish in New York City, CNN looks at what happens when the famous are also among the faithful: Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, couldn’t confirm or deny that Holmes had joined the Church of St. Francis Xavier or any other [Read More...]

So, papa, how do you like the iPad I bought you?

This comes from Germany, but no translation is necessary. [Read more...]

A beautiful day in Brooklyn: we have two new bishops

I didn’t have the best seat, but at least I had a seat, and captured on camera a few moments from the episcopal ordinations of Raymond Chappetto and Paul Sanchez as the newest auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Lining up outside Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge, I saw a lot of Knights of [Read More...]

Quote of the day, media edition

“I can play along with Superman using a steel girder to swat someone into outer space, but I just can’t get past the idea that The Daily Planet still occupies one of the largest skyscrapers in all of Metropolis and is totally impervious to newsroom layoffs or dwindling home subscriptions.” – Comic blogger quoted here. [Read more...]


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