Historic: first married couple to be canonized together

From Zenit:  Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, informed recently that the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux – Louis and Zelie Martin –, will be canonized this October, coinciding with the Synod on the Family, which will take place at that time in the Vatican. Thanks be to [Read More...]

“Priest” offers to hear confessions via Snapchat?

From San Antonio: Instead of turning to church to confess your sins, could you instead turn to your phone? A local ordained priest says he’s offering confessions digitally for the first time through the Snapchat app.  However, some faithful believers are skeptics. “It’s not confession.  It’s not what the sacrament is all about,” said Rev. [Read More...]

Want to become a better confessor?

I got an email yesterday about this, and it looks very enticing: The Thomistic Institute will be holding its fourth annual Conference for Priests, Becoming a Better Confessor: Using the Virtues and Vices in the Confessional, this summer at Baltimore’s historic Basilica of the Assumption, from July 7-9, 2015. We have put together a great [Read More...]

Vatican: “Threat exists” from ISIS against pope, but “we know of no plan for an attack”

From Crux: While acknowledging that ISIS represents a real threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says security services have no knowledge of a planned attack. “The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues,” said Domenico Giani, inspector general of the [Read More...]

Great moments in parenting: baby bottles that look like beer bottles

From The Los Angeles Times: Babies don’t drink beer, and for good reason. But if you’d like for all the parents in your Mommy & Me class to give you dirty looks — and question your sanity — you can now at least give the illusion of handing your child a baby beer bottle. Perpetual [Read More...]

Kidnapped mother of priest rescued in Nigeria

Praise God. Details:  The mother of a priest in the Madison Catholic Diocese has been rescued after being kidnapped in Nigeria and held captive for a week, according to the diocese. The woman, Virginia Arinze, had been abducted at gunpoint from her home on the afternoon of Feb. 21, Nigerian time, according to Monsignor James [Read More...]

Bishop calls for month of prayer for persecuted Christians

The following letter was issued by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence this morning: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. . . . If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it.” [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert talks saints, Lent, scripture—and he dances

This is something else: a side of the late night star many haven’t seen before. He stopped by the offices of America magazine to chat with Fr. James Martin. Check this out. You will smile. Photo via Wikipedia [Read more...]

A priest who spent 50 years “jousting with The New York Times”

Catholic News Agency reports: A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton’s resolve to rebut the New York Times on its editorial opinions regarding matters of faith and morals.The New York priest has submitted Letters to the Editor of the publication since 1961 and recently compiled them all in [Read More...]

Pope Francis: judge yourself

From his homily this morning, via Vatican Radio:  It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The readings of the day focused on the subject of mercy. [Read More...]


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