In First, Senator Delivers Speech in Spanish on Senate Floor—and the Jesuits Played a Role

From the New York Times:  When Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, took the Senate floor on Tuesday to deliver a speech in support of animmigration overhaul bill, he did it in a way no senator had done before: entirely in Spanish. “We are going to have hours upon hours of debate about this on the floor [Read More…]

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What Are Kids Reading in School?

You might be surprised. From NPR:  “Last year, we had more than 8.6 million students from across the country who read a total of 283 million books,” says Eric Stickney, the educational research director for Renaissance Learning. Students participate in the Accelerated Reader program through their schools. When they read a book, they take a [Read More…]

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A Little Ray of Sunshine for Ya

Back in February, Linda Whitaker posted this video of her parents. It’s now gone viral. See it and you’ll understand why. While sick in the hospital, her father asked to sing a song with the love of his life for the past 66 years. Just watch. [Read more…]

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2016: Hillary vs. a Catholic?

An interesting observation: Imagine this: It’s February 10, 2016 and there is a double-header debate with the Democratic candidates going first on MSNBC and the Republicans following on Fox News and all but one of the candidates on both stages has ashes on their foreheads… There are only about 1,200 days left before Election 2016. [Read More…]

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“Solidarity” and “Encounter” Become Themes in Francis’ Papacy

After mentioning his desire for a “culture of encounter” a few weeks ago—specifically in regard to atheists— and emphasizing the need for “a culture of solidarity and encounter”  recently in connection with the poor, Pope Francis used the terms again in a recorded address for the blind: This morning the Holy Father sent the following audio [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 20 New Deacons for Los Angeles

One of the newly ordained, Deacon Jason Schalow, dropped me a note to alert me to the ordination by Archbishop Jose Gomez last weekend—and point me to this story from The Tidings, which has profiles of the “deacon couples.” As the story notes: Those to be ordained and their wives have undergone a five-year period [Read More…]

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Hundreds Turn Out for Deacon Joe Marotta’s Funeral—UPDATED

From the paper in his hometown, Lynchburg, Virginia: Hundreds of people, including dozens of clergy members, gathered at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lynchburg on Monday to remember the life of one of their deacons. Joseph Marotta, 39, drowned June 5 while on vacation at the Outer Banks with his family. He was ordained a [Read More…]

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Home Run: Arizona Diamondbacks Draft Paralyzed Outfielder

Over the weekend, news broke that the Arizona Diamondbacks have done something extraordinary: drafting paralyzed Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn: The former Mater Dei High School (CA) star and “Mr. Baseball” in California who many thought would be a “can’t miss” prospect was paralyzed after sliding into second base during his freshman season at Arizona State [Read More…]

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Funeral Services for Bishop Joseph Sullivan

From the Diocese of Brooklyn: All services listed below are open to the public. Monday, June 10th Wake 2 – 5 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m. McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home 9620 Third Avenue (on the corner of 97th Street) Brooklyn, New York 11209 Tuesday, June 11th Wake 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. McLaughlin & [Read More…]

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A New Trend for “Unplugged” Weddings

From the New York Times: The attendant was stationed at the front door of my friend Michael’s wedding. “The ceremony is in the chapel,” she said to the arriving guests. “The ragtime band will be playing in the courtyard. The mini-cheeseburgers and lobster rolls will be served under the tent. “Now, would you please hand [Read More…]

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