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...]

Running the race for the faith

A priest I met recently in Indianapolis, Fr. Rick Nagel, is behind a unique way of raising interest in vocations — one that could really give the priesthood legs. Details:   Running a marathon is “very healthy for mind, body and spirit,” but it is also an excellent way to promote Catholicism, particularly vocations, said [Read More...]

“Go and announce the gospel of the Lord”

That was the theme of the retreat I preached this weekend to the deacons of Pittsburgh in scenic Latrobe, Pennsylvania, at St. Vincent’s College.  (That’s the basilica pictured above.)  It was a rewarding weekend in many ways, and I left well-nourished physically AND spiritually!  Thank you to all of those whose prayers and warm wishes accompanied us. [Read More...]

Report: Suri Cruise to attend NYC Catholic school

And — if reports are true — not just any parish school, either.  Details:  E! News has learned that Katie Holmes, who recentlysettled her divorce with Cruise and reportedly attained primary custody of the 6-year-old, has enrolled Suri in Manhattan’s prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart school. And as if attending Catholic church isn’t enough of a change for [Read More...]

Come Holy Ghost: Class receives Sacrament of Confirmation in hospital with leukemia patient

A Texas reader sent this my way, describing it as “awesome” — and she’s right. Read on:  Alexis Enriquez was sitting in a hospital room at Cook Children’s Medical Center May 14 when doctors delivered some disappointing news. The 15-year-old high school freshman, undergoing treatment for a third bout of leukemia, was scheduled for a [Read More...]


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