“Almighty eternal God, hear the cries of the people of Syria…”

A Prayer for the People of Syria Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. Hear the cries of the people of Syria; bring healing to those suffering from the violence, and comfort to those mourning the dead. Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors [Read More…]

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Schedule published for Saturday’s prayer vigil at the Vatican

People attending a candlelight vigil in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 11, 2012 marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring) From CNS:  Here is a breakdown of what will be happening and when: 5:45 pm (Rome time) — About 50 priests will begin hearing confession in [Read More…]

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Vatican denies reports that pope called gay man in France

Given the pope’s penchant for calling anyone and everyone, I’m surprised there haven’t been more stories like this. Details:  The Vatican firmly denied reports in France on Friday that Pope Francis had telephoned a young gay French Catholic to reassure him. Christophe Trutino had claimed in a newspaper interview the Pontiff had told him “Your [Read More…]

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The best obituary you will ever read

Who wouldn’t want to be remembered like this? A reader sent this my way, and it’s too good not to share. I love it. God bless you, “Pink.” From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Mullaney, Mary A. “Pink” If you’re about to throw away an old pair of pantyhose, stop. Consider: Mary Agnes Mullaney (you probably knew [Read More…]

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VIDEO: Ordination of Brooklyn’s new deacons

Take a look.  You’ll get a glimpse of Your Humble Blogger, and the deacon I helped vest, Jeremy Canna.   Congratulations again, guys! Click here to watch the video.  [Read more…]

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Dolan to Obama on Syria: “Our focus is on saving lives by ending this conflict, not fueling it”

The USCCB president has written a letter to the U.S. president: September 4, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House Washington, DC 20270 Mr. President: As our nation contemplates military action in Syria, we want to assure you and your Administration of our prayers. We know that the situation in Syria is complex and appreciate [Read More…]

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USCCB sets up special web page devoted to Syria

Check it out: “Praying for Peace in Syria.”  This has very good videos and news items, including the latest on the situation in Syria and what Pope Francis and other Church leaders are saying. Pay a visit and check back often.  It’s a helpful resource, and a smart move on the part of the USCCB [Read More…]

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Life in the echo chamber: plugged in, but still disconnected

In the New York Times the other day, Frank Bruni hit on something that’s been bothering me, too: I’m haunted by…how easily a person these days can travel the globe, and travel through life, in a thoroughly customized cocoon. I’m not talking about the chain hotels or chain restaurants that we’ve long had and that [Read More…]

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Just war: what theologians are saying about an attack on Syria

A valuable overview, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Traditionally, moral theologians have argued that to use military force justly, one must have a just cause; the use of force must be the last resort; success must be probable; the means must be proportionate; and the military action must be by a legitimate authority. As the [Read More…]

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A prayer for today—and every day

I needed this. From the Orthodox, via Leah Libresco: “Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst command us to love our enemies, and those who defame and injure us, and to pray for them and forgive them; Who Thyself didst pray for Thine enemies, who crucified thee: grant us, we pray, the spirit of Christian reconciliation and [Read More…]

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