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...]

SSPX leader: “We cannot keep silent…”

Bishop Bernard Fellay gave an interview that was published on the society’s website.  Details, via CNS: The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said he would inform the Vatican soon on the society’s official position on Vatican efforts to bring the group back into full communion with the church. The response will [Read More...]

Wipeout: stunning video of a mudslide in action

How’s this for “Natural Law”: it’s a law of nature that everything rolls downhill—including mud, trees and debris.  Watch what happens when a massive mudslide begins to roll toward the banks of a river, and a couple people escape with only seconds to spare. This was captured by a Canadian film crew last week. [Read more...]

A former Mormon moves closer to sainthood

My blogging diaconal brother Scott Dodge from Utah posted this item, which indicates the Church could one day have a Saint Cora: A Catholic News Agency report filed on Friday afternoon by Valerie Schmalz from San Francisco announced that the Holy See has paved the way for a complete investigation into the cause for Cora’s canonization. In [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: only approved quotes allowed

This is just…unreal.  It is many things, but it ain’t journalism. From the New York Times:  The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the [Read More...]

“We believe he died with forgiveness in his heart”

A move is afoot to have a South African hero declared a saint.  But it’s not happening without controversy. Details:   Everyone in this poor northern corner of South Africa has a story about Benedict Daswa’s kindness to his neighbors, his schoolteacher colleagues, the young villagers he helped to feed. It’s therefore all the more [Read More...]


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