When was the last time you saw a funeral like this?

I can’t remember attending a funeral with black vestments (although my parents might have taken me to one when I was very young.) Diane over at Te Deum laudamus has some striking images from the funeral of Grace Perrone, the mother of Father Eduard Perrone of Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit. It was a Mass celebrated [Read More…]

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The many Nazareths of Pope John Paul: “Greatness begins in unexpected places”

Two years ago, for the first feast day of Blessed John Paul, my parish held a special Mass to mark the occasion. This is the homily I preached  that day.   Happy Feast of Blessed John Paul!    +++ By a happy coincidence, this gospel touches on a theme that was so vital to Pope [Read More…]

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The Vatican’s Greg Burke on Francis: “Not a politically-correct pope”

Carol Glatz at CNS has a blog post up today about how the Vatican’s senior media advisor views the pontiff. Former TV reporter Greg Burke describes the pope as “not politically correct,” and goes on to list 10 important things to know about him. To wit:  1.Mercy — The story of the Prodigal Son is a [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 19 new deacons for Richmond

The picture above appeared on the diocese’s Facebook page today.  The men were ordained on Saturday by Bishop Francis DiLorenzo. You can read more about the new deacons in the Catholic Virginian.   Meantime, congratulations, brothers, and welcome.  Ad multos annos!  [Read more…]

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Back from the Magic Kingdom!

Well, Orlando, at least. I spent three days rubbing elbows with the deacons of Orlando and their wives—presenting a series of talks for their continuing education weekend on ways to “glorify the Lord” in liturgy, in ministry, and in the home and workplace.  The conference was held at the diocese’s lovely San Pedro Center, a sprawling [Read More…]

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You won’t believe your eyes: clever new car ad worthy of Escher

It’s hard not to love this ingenious new commercial from Honda, which teases the brain and tricks the eye. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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Catholic medical student sees Syria’s crisis up close

Photo: Tom Tracy A rare glimpse at the Middle East crisis, from Florida Catholic: When he came to study medicine in Jordan’s capital through a scholarship program for Holy Land Christians, Tareq Nasrawi had expected to see heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer and other basic public health concerns. But the 21-year-old Roman Catholic and native [Read More…]

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Gay marriage impacts North Carolina Catholic churches, local interfaith service

From the Charlotte Observer:  One Catholic Church in Charlotte fired music director Steav Bates-Congdon after he married his longtime male partner. Now another has pulled out of hosting the city’s largest interfaith service rather than allow Bates-Congdon to be part of the team planning the annual event. Mecklenburg Ministries’ 38th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service is [Read More…]

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Inspiring: 22-year-old cancer survivor joins the convent

A beautifully rendered story of survival and faith, from CNS and videographer Tyler Orsburn.  Take a look.  Keep this young woman in your prayers! The Dialog in Wilmington published this profile of the postulant: Up until a few weeks ago, Iliana Maldonado was a typical 20-something in the United States. She had a steady job [Read More…]

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Lawsuit accuses Obama administration of “conscious strategy to marginalize” Catholic religious views

Details:  The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is arguing in a new lawsuit that the Obama administration is engaged in a “conscious political strategy to marginalize and delegitimize” Catholic “religious views on contraception by holding them up for ridicule on the national stage.” At issue in the lawsuit is whether the administration can force the archdiocese to secure [Read More…]

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