A message from the pope in English

These are the words he left in the guest book at the Pontifical North American College this weekend:Photo via Twitter … [Read More...]


What the world has been waiting for: a selfie stick that looks like you have a friend taking the picture

Check this out:  Fascinated by the idea of technology and its illusionary ‘connectedness’ and ‘sociableness’, [designers] Snee and Crowe created the ‘selfie arm’. the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves — the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm and, better yet, it doesn’t talk or have emotions of any sort. You can even create fake accounts and use its finger to like all your images; its not yo … [Read More...]

Boom: Australia sees surge in vocations

From Sydney: Morning prayer at Corpus Christi College, where 59 men are currently studying to become Catholic priests. That's more than double the 1999 enrollment figure of 28 students. This year there are 17 first year students among them: the highest it's been in decades. Father Brendan … [Read More...]

Ahead of the Synod, proposing a change for the Sacrament of Penance

From Chiesa in Italy, come details of one theological proposal that would not permit communion for the divorced and remarried, but would extend sacramental grace: The author is the Dominican theologian Thomas Michelet, of the theological faculty of Fribourg, Switzerland.Fr. Michelet’s proposal is to … [Read More...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons for Cleveland

From the Diocese of Cleveland website: Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland ordained 9 men to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Saturday, May 2nd Those men ordained to the Permanent Diaconate include: Deacon John Joseph Amedeo, Sr. of Akron; Dennis Alan Conrad of Westlake; Mark Alan … [Read More...]

Minnesota gets a married priest

Details: Vaughn Treco, a married man, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, has received the approval of Pope Francis to be ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May. His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal … [Read More...]

Historic: Brain-dead woman kept alive for two months so her baby could be born

Remarkable: A brain-dead and pregnant Nebraska mother was kept on life support for nearly two months so her baby could survive and be delivered in a historic birth. Karla Perez, 22, became the first person on record in the United States, since 1999, to give birth after being kept on somatic … [Read More...]

Actress Maria Bello: “I’m proud to call myself a Catholic”

The star of "ER" and "The Cooler" has just published a series of personal essays on the "labels we give ourselves," in which she discusses, among other things, being bipolar and bisexual. She was born and raised Catholic, and talked about that in an interview with The Daily Beast:  What might su … [Read More...]

In will, Cardinal Egan leaves $100,000 to St. Patrick’s, residence for retired priests

View image | gettyimages.comFrom The Wall Street Journal: Cardinal Edward Egan was well known as a persuasive fundraiser for Roman Catholic causes.Now, those causes will benefit from the generosity of the former archbishop of New York, who died in early March at the age of 82.In his … [Read More...]

Homily for May 3, 2015: 5th Sunday of Easter

The scriptures this week introduce us to someone we don’t hear about very much—but he is critically important to Christianity and, I think, to the times in which we live.I’m speaking of St. Barnabas.The reading from Acts describes how he, in effect, took Paul under his wing—in part to protect … [Read More...]

Iowa deacon revives the tradition of “Ember Days”

From CNS: The ancient Catholic tradition of Ember days has been resurrected in the Diocese of Des Moines by a deacon who serves in rural ministry.Deacon Eric Bertrand, assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in Chariton and Holy Trinity Parish in Lacona, said he was inspired to reintroduce the prayer … [Read More...]

The Francis Effect: Notre Dame professor walks the walk for the poor

I love this guy. He's my brother-in-law. And he's awesome: Michael Meyer, an associate professional specialist in the Mendoza College of Business, will walk 30 miles around campus while carrying two gallons of water Sunday to raise money to build a well in Burkina Faso. Meyer will do 20 laps of … [Read More...]

Man hangs up on Pope Francis, thinking it’s a prank call

Yeah, this sounds like something I'd do:  An Italian man hung up the phone on Pope Francis twice thinking he was being pranked, but later apologised to him for his error, the Vatican newspaper, l’Osservatore Romano, has reported.The pontiff, who often contacts strangers who write to him or who … [Read More...]

Millennials speak up: stop trying to make church “cool”

View image | gettyimages.comFrom Rachel Held Evans in The Washington Post:Bass reverberates through the auditorium floor as a heavily bearded worship leader pauses to invite the congregation, bathed in the light of two giant screens, to tweet using #JesusLives. The scent of freshly brewed … [Read More...]

Ordination update: 47 new deacons for Allentown

As noted earlier, this is believed to be the largest ordination class this year in the United States —maybe, in fact, in the world.The Diocese of Allentown has published a photo gallery of the ordination. Check it out here.  Details:  “Together we thank Father, Son and Holy Spirit for this u … [Read More...]

Our world: TV series follows teen as his dad becomes a woman

Not so very long ago, this sort of thing would have been unthinkable on mainstream American TV.But here we are:  Ben and his father are the subject of the new ABC Family docuseries Becoming Us. From Ryan Seacrest Productions, Becoming Us centers on Ben, who watches as his dad Charlie divorces hi … [Read More...]

Anchorage to ordain six new deacons Friday

From The Catholic Anchor newspaper:After five years of formation, six men are on the cusp of the moment when Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz will lay his hands on their heads, invoke the Holy Spirit and ordain them permanent deacons for the service of the church. Family members, friends, … [Read More...]

Philadelphia monsignor ordered back behind bars

View image | gettyimages.comDetails: A high-ranking Catholic church official in Philadelphia was ordered back to prison on Thursday following the reinstatement of his conviction for turning a blind eye to child sex abuse by pedophile priests. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Teresa … [Read More...]