At Refuge for Migrants, Pope Condemns the “Globalization of Indifference”

From the Vatican news site:  In his homily at Mass celebrated with the residents of Lampedusa and the immigrants who have sought refuge there, Pope Francis spoke out against the “globalization of indifference” that leads to tragedies like the deaths of so many migrants seeking a better life. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s full text [Read More…]

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Esquire magazine: “Pope Francis is Kind of Awesome”

The author, an atheist, is discovering what many of us already know:  There is serious upheaval in the Vatican, with outsiders brought into major positions of power, and Francis speaking openly of “a current of corruption” in the Curia, but, as an atheist, I don’t really care about any of that. I’m sure it takes [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 11 New Deacons for Biloxi—UPDATED

Doing a routine search, I uncovered the happy news that 11 men were ordained deacons for the Diocese of Biloxi in Mississippi late last month.  The diocesan website has the pictures shown here, but no details. Anybody have any names or info to share? Meantime, congratulations and welcome, brothers!  Ad multos annos!  UPDATE: Just got [Read More…]

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Here’s a Different Protagonist for a Thriller: a Deacon

Details:  He has worked all over the world, from foreign relations assignments to speech pathology to motivational speaking, but another career path has embroiled Redlands resident Roger Burgraff in murder, blackmail, and the darker side of the human soul. That career is in fiction, fortunately: In May, Burgraff published a thriller, “Deacon’s Winter,” about a [Read More…]

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South Carolina Church Robbed of Part of Its History

Details from Charleston, SC: Two bright red buildings stand out among miles of soggy swamp that lines Ritter Road in Colleton County. They’re a sure sign you’ve made it to Catholic Hill, a small settlement about 40 miles southwest of Charleston. The buildings — a steepled church and an old school house – belong to [Read More…]

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Virginia Priest Donates Kidney to Save Life of Parishioner

  Wow:  Bruce McComb says he owes his life to his pastor, Father Jonathan Goertz of St. Timothy Parish in Tappahannock. His statement, voiced in strong admiration, is not far from the truth. Mr. McComb, 60, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He had been on dialysis for three and a half years [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “It hurts my heart when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model of car”

That and much more, from his impromptu remarks today to seminarians and novices:  Pope Francis on Saturday evening told future nuns and priests and consecrated laypeople to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, as he said: “There is no sadness in holiness”. Speaking to participants in a four-day international event for Seminarians, Novices and [Read More…]

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Homily for July 7, 2013: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] If you’re still feeling drowsy this Sunday morning, here’s something to wake you up. Last year, the world got a lot richer. According to the World Wealth Report, released just two weeks ago, the combined wealth of the world’s richest people climbed 10 percent … to a grand total of 46.2 [Read More…]

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Behold the Face of a Martyr

Details: A Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s Northern Sinai has been shot dead, in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi. The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish. The shooting in the coastal city [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Don’t Be Afraid of Newness!”

From today’s homily:  In his Mass on Saturday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said being Christian “does not mean doing things, but allowing oneself to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.” The Pope emphasised that even in the life of the Church there are “ancient structures” to be renewed without fear. “New [Read More…]

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