Bridgeport’s Bishop Caggiano: “It’s not our church, it’s His church…”

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport is convoking a local synod in his diocese. Sean Salai, S.J. at America magazine interviewed him about what this synod might entail. Snip: Reports from the pre-synod listening sessions you held in the spring indicated a wide variety of perspectives, with some people wanting a stronger devotional life and others [Read More...]

At the end of the date, they’d pray the rosary before he could kiss her good night

From The Hartford Courant comes this lovely story of a deacon and his wife—a saga of faith, conversion and, believe it or not, swinging: John Abdalla walked up to Irene Dauphin, a newcomer at work, and said he would give her a golf lesson at lunch. “The next day we went out at lunch,” to [Read More...]

What’s up with the Jesuits?

Blogger and teacher Matt Emerson poses the question over at the CNN Belief blog:   Is Andrew Garfield, star of films such as “The Social Network” and “The Amazing Spiderman,” considering the priesthood? Last month, paparazzi snapped a picture of Garfield walking as he carried “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” the Rev. James Martin’s insightful overview [Read More...]

Bomb attack after Mass kills five in Nigeria

Details:  Nigeria’s northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram. At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area [Read More...]

Priest who dances the flamenco draws crowds to parish in Spain

I thought I’d seen everything. But no. Details:  It’s a lot more fun than going to Confession. A Roman Catholic priest in southern Spain has parishioners banging down his church doors, all so they can praise God and dance the flamenco. Jose Planas Moreno, or Father Pepe, as he is known, brings flocks of congregants [Read More...]

“We are all pearls”: a deacon’s homily for this Sunday

A deacon friend sent me his homily for today. It’s extraordinary and, I think, deserves a wider audience. I post it here with his permission. I hope it will resonate with many.  ++ My good friend, Father Hilarion has a saying that goes like this… Everyone who comes into your life is a blessing. Some [Read More...]

Behold, a remarkable tribute to a generous child

The photo shows Chinese doctors bowing in tribute to a young boy who donated his organs to try and save the lives of others. The story:  The parents of 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi were stunned by his request. As cancer ravaged his body, the fifth grader from the Chinese city of Shenzhen focused on how he [Read More...]

A new Catholic Bible? Check out “The Message”

Those of us who grew up with the “Good News for Modern Man” in the 1970s can be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu. But here’s some news about a new translation of the Bible that you’ll be hearing about, from NCR: The Message is relatively unknown to Catholics because it is a Protestant [Read More...]

Freshly ordained in the city: meet Fr. Jeremy Canna from Brooklyn

Last month, I posted about my friend Jeremy Canna, one of 13 new priests ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn. This weekend, he is profiled in The Wall Street Journal:  Father Canna, a slight, hyper-articulate Marine Park native who walks through life chin first, is among the youngest of the 13 priests just ordained by the [Read More...]

Homily for July 27, 2014: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

If you visited Facebook Friday afternoon, you would have seen on a sidebar a list of some of the stories that were trending around the world – what people were reading, sharing, talking about. High on the list was the new cast for “Game of Thrones,” Ben Affleck as Batman, a documentary about Nicholas Cage [Read More...]


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