Lift high the cross—and the pelican, too

My blogging colleague Joanne McPortland has this story up over at her place, and my palm instantly went to my forehead: STEUBENVILLE – City officials agreed Tuesday night to change the city logo after a Madison, Wis., organization threatened legal action. Law Director S. Gary Repella announced the decision following a 15-minute closed-door meeting with [Read More...]

From Magnificat: a beautiful meditation by Jean Vanier on service

“The word ‘authority’ comes from the Latin ‘augere’ (to grow). All authority, whether it be civil, paternal, religious or community is intended to help people grow towards greater freedom, justice and truth. Often, however, it is used for honor, power, privilege and positive self-image of those who exercise it. By stooping down to wash the [Read More...]

The unique ministry of deaf Catholics

They can hear the call like no one else — and also respond like no one else. Details from the B.C. Catholic in Vancouver: The Church needs deaf Catholics and their gifts for they can reach people for the Gospel that only they can reach. That’s the message Archbishop Terrence Prendergast gave delegates at the [Read More...]

Being Christian: “Batman’s” Bale visits, prays at Aurora memorial

Poignant video, below: The story: ”Dark Knight Rises” star Christian Bale visited the memorial for victims of the Aurora theater shooting on Tuesday, as well as visited with some of the victims of the shootings at the Medical Center of Aurora South. Bale, and his wife Sibi Blazic arrived and walked around the memorial to [Read More...]

Trifecta: three brothers becoming priests

A vocations bonanza, from Huffington Post:  When Luke Strand started college nine years ago, he wanted to earn a marketing degree, a job in the business world, then a house and children. Now he’s a priest and that’s not all. His brother, Vincent, is on his way to being ordained a Jesuit priest and their [Read More...]

First look: Jeff Foxworthy’s new bible game show

I wonder how Catholics would do on this?? Read about it here.  Watch the preview below. [Read more...]

Austrian vocations campaign takes to the streets

And it features an image of a deacon, a priest and nun. Details:  Launching the billboard campaign Tuesday, Klaus Kueng, St. Polten’s bishop, described the lack of interest in the priesthood as “a huge problem.” But Lukas Leitner, whose advertising agency developed the project, was optimistic that his strategy would bear fruit. Eighty large billboards [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN lays an egg

Well, this ain’t kosher.  Not at all.  Memo to CNN: what the hell are you thinking? Here’s the lowdown, from Terry Mattingly over at “Get Religion” (a blog which gets its name, you understand, because the news media doesn’t “get religion”): So, did you hear about that wild quote that the president of Chick-fil-A didn’t [Read More...]

33 years later, man receives forgiveness for shooting police officer and is received into the Catholic Church

A stunning story of forgiveness in Ohio.  (H/T New Advent.): Ron McClary, debilitated by multiple sclerosis, lay on a stretcher yesterday at Holy Family church and tried to speak as the widow of the Columbus police officer he shot in 1979 placed her hand on his arm. As he struggled, she stopped him. “I forgive [Read More...]

A special Sheen

Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting the niece of a future saint — and a personal hero — the now-Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Joan Sheen Cunningham dropped by the offices of CNEWA to say hello to her old friend, the agency’s president, Msgr. John Kozar. Kozar has been active (along with Cunningham) in the [Read More...]


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