Muslims vow to protect Christian churches in Kenya

Details: Muslim leaders in Kenya have agreed to form self-defence groups to protect churches following a deadly attack on Sunday. Fifteen people were killed in the raids on churches in Garissa, a town near the border with Somalia. Kenya’s border region has been tense since it sent troops into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab Islamist militants. [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness. Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment. Today. Now. We need to “speak out,” not only for religious liberty and the ideals of the nation we love, but for the sacredness of life [Read More...]

My favorite rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”

From 2007.  Place: Fenway Park, Boston.  Singer: Peter Rometti.  He has autism and was selected to sing the national anthem as part of Disability Awareness Night.  The crowd was clearly rooting for him as much as it was the Red Sox.  Watch.  Is this a great country, or what? [Read more...]

In tribute to that great Jewish novelty tune, “God Bless America”

Who knew? At least one critic has noted that parts of the song are lifted from a Jewish vaudeville song written over 100 years ago. (If you’re curious, give a listen to a sampling, and you can indeed hear the title strains of “God Bless America” very clearly.) Below, Kate Smith’s iconic rendition from “This [Read More...]

What a friend we have in cheeses: meet the cheese-making nuns of Virginia

All Gouda gifts around us are sent from heaven above! Details, from the Washington Post: It is 10:05 a.m., and Sister Barbara Smickel is shoulder-deep in curds and whey. She is in the cheese barn at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, Va., located about 14 miles west of Charlottesville and down a [Read More...]

Will Romney pick a Catholic?

Washington’s favorite guessing game — who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate? — is heating up along with the weather outside. The Washington Post notes one religion in particular keeps coming to the forefront: There has been a lot of talk this year concerning the role of evangelical Christians and Mormons on the Republican side, [Read More...]

Bill Geist reveals he has Parkinson’s

I missed this news this past weekend — I’m usually doing something else on Sunday mornings — but the announcement by the best-selling writer and longtime CBS News correspondent is worth noting.  Bill Geist is a national treasure, and an all-around good guy.  (On top of that — if memory serves — I believe his [Read More...]

RIP, Andy Griffith

Word that the television icon, best known as the sheriff of Mayberry  and father of Opie, has died at the age of 86. People tend to forget what a spellbinding actor he could be. His standout performance in Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” is still a stunner — and the story itself, recounting [Read More...]

“My last night as an associate pastor…”

A priest in Indianapolis reflects on how his life is about to change as, for the first time, he becomes a pastor: For the rest of my life until retirement, barring getting sent away for further schooling or something like that, I’ll be a pastor of a parish.  It is kind of intimidating sitting here [Read More...]

India’s miracles: “Many cases of healing we cannot ignore”

On the day we remember the saint who doubted, a story from the Vatican notes that many in the mission country he visited are reportedly experiencing miraculous cures that are helping lead them to faith: Strange things are going on in the Indian diocese ofItangar and Mgr. John Kattrukudiyl spoke about them during a visit to Germany for [Read More...]


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