“This Is My Story, This Is My Song”: A Hymn Becomes a Hit on Broadway

From this morning’s New York Times: Not long after the curtain rises on the second act of “The Trip to Bountiful,” the Broadway revival of the Horton Foote play at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, something unusual happens.Cicely Tyson, as Mrs. Carrie Watts, sits on a bus station bench in a small Texas town. She is on the [Read More…]

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Culture of Death: Rescuers in China Save Newborn Flushed Down Toilet—UPDATED

Details: Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn boy from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet, sawing out an L-shaped section and then delicately dismantling it to free the cocooned baby, who greeted the rescuers with cries. A tenant heard the baby’s sounds in the public restroom of a residential building in Zhejiang province in [Read More…]

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Canadian Court Rules Catholic Mayor Can Offer Prayer Before Meetings

I wonder if this idea would fly in the United States: A Catholic mayor in Canada had his prayers answered when an appeals court ruled that saying a prayer before council meetings does not compromise the government body’s neutrality, the Toronto Sun reported. Jean Tremblay, the Catholic mayor of Saguenay, Quebec, fought the order to [Read More…]

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Must-See Video: A Catholic View of Memorial Day

From CNS and the leader of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services. Always remember. Never forget. Watch below. [Read more…]

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One Woman Writes About Her “Uneasy Catholic Motherhood”

Here’s a snapshot of one kind of American Catholic mother, writer Mary Elizabeth Williams. From Salon:  It’s probably a lot easier if you’re certain. If you’re a firm atheist or a devout evangelical. But when you’re living a faith you love in an institution that regularly outrages you, it’s a little tougher. Especially when you’ve got [Read More…]

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Cardinal Pell Admits Cover-Up for “Fear of Scandal”

Details: Fear of scandal prompted the cover-up of child sex abuse allegations within the Catholic Church, Australia’s top-ranking Cardinal George Pell admitted Monday. Pell, speaking at an inquiry by Victoria’s parliament into child sex abuse in the state, denied being personally involved in the cover-up of paedophile priests, but said it was clear it happened. [Read More…]

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Have You Seen This Great Wedding Proposal Video Yet?

From the ubiquitous Brandon Vogt: On May 25, 2013, my sister-in-law, Elizabeth Floegel, boarded a plane and soared into the clouds, ready to go skydiving. What she didn’t know was that her boyfriend, Brian Charif, was waiting on the ground…ready to pop a life-changing question. See if this doesn’t make you weep with giddy joy. [Read More…]

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Trinity

Well, there are three of us. Pictured: Your Humble Blogger, wrapping up his West Coast Odyssey with a visit to the legendary Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, with two wonderful clergymen serving that parish, Msgr. Thomas Welbers (left, doing his best impression of Sir Richard Attenborough) and Deacon Eric Stoltz (right). The [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 5 New Deacons for Springfield

Details: Five men were ordained permanent deacons for the Diocese of Springfield as part of an 11 a.m. ordination Mass held at St. Michael’s Cathedral here May 25. Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell presided over the “Rite of Diaconate Ordination” as the men from across western Massachusetts became the newest permanent deacons in the diocese. [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 6 New Deacons for Albany

A deacon reader writes: I am sending this picture of the six new deacons (four permanent and two transitional) ordained this morning (Saturday) by the Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany. From left to right in the photo are: Robert Sweeney, Brian Slezak, Joseph Romand, Andrew Grebe, Richard DiCaprio, and James Davis. Slezak [Read More…]

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