Report: Fr. Murad Shot, Not Beheaded

From the Daily Telegraph: A Catholic priest has been shot and killed in northern Syria, The Telegraph has found, contradicting claims that he is the victim in a widely-circulated beheading video. The footage, said to show Father Francois Murad, 49, as the victim in a brutal summary execution by foreign jihadists is likely to be [Read More…]

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Great Moments in Journalism: Wherein Bob Schieffer Learns a Thing or Two About Gay Marriage

This comes via Da Tech Guy on DaRadio:  There was a moment during Sunday’s victory lap on the News shows for gay marriage and its media allies who support it that was very telling. Bob Schieffer the oldest and fairest (and that’s not saying much) of the Sunday Morning Hosts in the MSM had just [Read More…]

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In the E-mail: “You may trust that Père François Mourad indeed has died…”

A reader writes: A friend brought your blog post of 1 July 2013 to my attention (UPDATE: Franciscans Deny Priests Killed in Syria: “The Monks Are Still Alive”), and I wanted to write to you concerning your interpretation of the Custos’ press releases. I used to live in the Latin Patriarchate, so I am familiar with the [Read More…]

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Picture of the Day—or Maybe of the Year, UPDATED

From the Facebook page for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter: Congratulations to Deacon Patrick Allen from Charleston who was ordained to the transitional diaconate yesterday. His young son decided to share in the experience with him! Congratulations and welcome, deacon!  Ad multos annos! UPDATE: A few people have been puzzled by [Read More…]

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What Does It Mean to Receive the Pallium? Four Archbishops Explain

Any video that opens with deacons is a video you have to see.   Some insight on being a bishop, from our friends at CNS: [Read more…]

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UPDATE: Franciscans Deny Priests Killed in Syria: “The Monks Are Still Alive”

Note: I’ve removed an earlier report from this blog indicating that the Vatican had confirmed Fr. Francois Murad’s execution.  Details are just too sketchy. A colleague forwarded this brief news item to me, dated late Friday: In a statement to the religious information service SIR, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa has said the news reported by Radio [Read More…]

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Pope Francis’s First Encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” to be Released Friday

Rocco has the scoop:  At a pre-Noon briefing today, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis’ first encyclical, entitled Lumen Fidei – “The Light of Faith” – will be released this Friday, 5 July. A trio of Vatican heavyweights – the prefect of Bishops, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the CDF chief Archbishop Gerhard Müller and the president [Read More…]

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The Slope Gets More Slippery: UK May Allow Creation of Babies Using DNA from Three People

From Vatican Radio: Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people. The country’s top medical officer says the move would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases. But opponents say the procedure is unethical. Josephine Quintavalle from the UK based group Comment on Reproductive Ethics gave her reaction [Read More…]

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A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattle’s Newest Priest

Amazing but true. Details:  There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral. From an early age, [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Praises Benedict’s “Courage” in Retiring, Calls on Faithful to Follow Conscience

Details:  Pope Francis on Sunday praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for courageously following his conscience in deciding to retire. Benedict became the first pontiff in 600 years to quit the post when he resigned in February, paving the way for Francis’ election as pope two weeks later. By lauding Benedict’s surprise choice to step down, [Read More…]

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