Faith moves man to forgive killer of his wife and daughter

The remarkable details from Catholic News Agency:   Arturo Martinez-Sanchez says he had no choice but to forgive the man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing his wife and young daughter in an April 2012 attack that also left him seriously wounded. “I have to forgive him, to go the way of life,” the Las [Read More...]

Meet New York’s oldest working priest, 92-year-old Fr. Gerald Ryan

A tribute to enduring faith and steadfast love, in (of all places) the New York Times:  It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald [Read More...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons in St. Louis

The following email arrived this afternoon, with the above photo: On June 2nd of this year the following men were ordained to the Diaconate in St. Louis by Archbishop Robert Carlson. In attendance was retired Bishop Robert Herman and the director of the Diaconate, Msgr. Michael Witt. The photo attached are the new deacons with the [Read More...]

When a father becomes Father

Some in the church are taking a closer look at the married priesthood, with one married priest about to release a book on the subject. From the August issue of U.S. Catholic: Father Donald Paul Sullins, a married priest and sociologist at Catholic University of America in Washington, has researched the reactions of American Catholics [Read More...]

Minor league: atheists sponsor baseball game in St. Paul

Really.  You can see the  billboard for the event below. From the Washington Post: For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group.Dubbed “A Night of Unbelievable Fun,” the Aug. 10 game against the [Read More...]

World’s coolest Olympics commercial

G’day!  This hails from a TV station in Australia, promoting their coverage of the games that begin (I can’t believe it) next week. [Read more...]

Where the faith is thriving in Brooklyn and Boston: “All are welcome”

In the U.S. Catholic blog, writer Cathy O’Connell-Cahill describes visiting a couple neighborhood churches this summer (one, in fact, in my diocese…) Details: A stroll after a great dinner at Bamonte’s restaurant in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn (photos of Gary Sinise and Harrison Ford on its walls, along with Brooklyn Dodger greats) brought us [Read More...]

Bringing soldiers “a sense of hope of the Resurrection” — UPDATED

How can soldiers deal with grief and loss in a time of war, yet still hold fast to their faith?   That’s a subject a Catholic bishop addressed in a recent interview:  The role of military chaplain is a challenging one, providing spiritual care, a sympathetic ear or simple words of comfort for those serving [Read More...]

“There is a wisdom to wrong notes”

The writer here returns to the piano at the age of 50 — and finds some valuable life lessons in the keyboard: Many a man or woman upon reaching a certain age will splurge on a Ferrari, trade in city life for a new start as a country squire or wed a trophy spouse. My [Read More...]

Why are Catholics losing ground in Brazil?

Some answers and analysis, from the International Business Times:  At least 1 million evangelical Christians took part in Saturday’s annual “March for Jesus” in Sao Paulo, demonstrating the growing trend of Protestantism in Brazil. With 123.2 million of 191 million Brazilians identifying as Catholic according to 2010 census data, the South American nation still holds [Read More...]


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