Dance + shadow puppets = sheer wonder

A friend posted this to his Facebook page, and it was too good not to share. The incredible Pilobolus Dance Theatre performing their whimsical and wonderful “Shadowland”. “Amazing” doesn’t even begin to describe this.  See for yourself. [Read more...]

Snapshot: how Ohio is coping with priest shortage, changing demographics

An interesting microcosm of what is happening all over, from the Dayton Daily News:  A looming shortage of active priests means that parishoners across the region — and around the U.S. — will be worshipping together more closely. Church leaders have been forced to reorganize and in some cases, churches and schools have been closed when as [Read More...]

Closed abbey searching for another religious group to take it over

You’ll remember that the Blue Cloud Abbey closed its doors last summer. Now, the search is on for another religious group or community to take it over. Details:  Caretakers at Blue Cloud Abbey, the Benedictine monastery overlooking the Whetstone Valley in northeast South Dakota, are looking for another religious order to occupy their vacant premises. [Read More...]

Homily for January 20, 2013: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Every year on the anniversary of 9/11, I find myself thinking of 9/12: September 12th, 2001. The day after. Waking up. Looking out the window. Seeing the beautiful late summer sky that morning, just like the morning before. From all appearances, nothing had changed. But, in fact, everything had changed. [Read More...]

Pope to start tweeting in Latin

Details:  Pope Benedict XVI plans to tweet in Latin, Vatican spokesmen have announced, resurrecting the dead language in a postmodern medium starting Sunday. “Twitter is a tool which requires rapid communication,” Roberto Spataro, secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Latin Studies, told the Guardian U.K. “In English you say ‘the corruption of the best one [Read More...]

“Sing all the time”

That’s the advice given to Lazaro Arbos on “American Idol” the other night — and I couldn’t agree more. This Cuban immigrant struggles with a monumental stammer. But listen to what happens when he opens his mouth to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” For anyone who has ever battled the hurt and shame of stuttering…or [Read More...]

Process begins to beatify 9-year-old Brazilian girl

From the AP, via  the Washington Post:  The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has launched a process aimed at putting a Brazilian girl on the path to sainthood. Archbishop Orani Tempesta and Vatican representatives told reporters Friday that they had begun the process to beatify Odette Vidal de Oliveira, who was 9 when [Read More...]

From Iowa family man to Catholic priest

And, along the way, he was also a permanent deacon. Details, from the Gazette: The Rev. Steve Witt has been a husband and a father. Now he’s a father, as in black shirt and white collar. Newly ordained in the Davenport Diocese of the Catholic Church, Witt’s experiences with marriage, parenting and losing a spouse are [Read More...]

Crime wave hits New York churches

From the New York Daily News:  Is nothing sacred? Priests at some Bronx churches have seen an uptick in crimes inside and around their houses of worship. Purses are stolen from pews during Communion. Cars parked outside get broken into during Mass. “It’s very sad,” said Rev. Francis Skelly of Immaculate Conception Church in Melrose. [Read More...]

Philly stunner: convicted priest at center of Lynn case recants

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:  Ten months ago, defrocked Catholic priest Edward V. Avery began serving a sentence of 21/2 to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a 10-year-old altar boy from the Northeast. On Thursday, Avery, 70, returned to a Philadelphia courtroom and recanted his guilty plea – denying any contact [Read More...]


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