Cardinal Dolan’s Commencement Speech: “Let Me Tell You the Secret of Notre Dame…”

This is pretty wonderful: Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s 2013 commencement speech at Notre Dame: Thank you, Notre Dame, for the joy of your company, the gracious invitation, the warm welcome, and the high honor of this degree. It was so obvious I almost missed it . . . See, ever since, almost a year ago, Father [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Will Make First Trip to Assisi

From CNS:  Pope Francis will visit the birthplace of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, on the saint’s feast day, Oct. 4. The Vatican confirmed the trip May 23. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi said he was thrilled about the visit and that it was “a great sign” of the pope’s benevolence and consideration. “It [Read More…]

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Pope Francis’ First Encyclical: “Blessed Are the Poor”?

An interesting tidbit from Rorate Caeli: Following his recent visit ad limina with the bishops of his region, the Bishop of Molfetta (Apulia, Italy), Luigi Martella, spoke of the conversation they had with the new Pope, including the following: Then, he spoke to us about Benedict XVI with such tenderness: “When I met him for [Read More…]

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British Study: Nearly All Unmarried Couples With Children Break Up

Details: A study by the Marriage Foundation calculates that cohabiting couples who have children are more than twice as likely to split up as those who had tied the knot beforehand. But of those who do not then go on to get married after having children, only a handful will still be together by the [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: New Deacons in Peoria

Four transitional deacons and one new permanent deacon were ordained by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky last Sunday. From the Diocese of Peoria Facebook page: pictured here with Bishop Jenky after the Mass for the Ordination of Deacons at Holy Trinity Church in Bloomington are, from left, Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general; Deacon James Brewer; Deacon [Read More…]

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Diocese of Worcester Reinstates Diaconate

Details: Bishop McManus is reinstating the permanent diaconate formation program with a new class to start in 2014, according to Deacon Anthony R. Surozenski, director of the Office of the Diaconate. Deacon Surozenski made this announcement this week, as three men prepare for ordination as permanent deacons. Bishop McManus is to ordain them and a [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Christian originality is this, each as he is, with the gifts the Lord has given him”

Details:  That Christians might spread the spiritual salt of faith, hope and charity: this was Pope Francis’ exhortation at Mass Thursday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. The Pope warned against the risk of becoming insipid, “Museum-piece Christians.” In his homily, Pope Francis focused on the savour that [Read More…]

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Faith at the Food Court: Mass in a Shopping Mall

They’re trying it in the Philippines. Could this catch on? Details:  Early on a Sunday morning, people are already streaming into a massive shopping mall in Manila. The seven-story Robinsons Place is a temple of consumerism. It houses about 350 stores, including gun shops, dental offices, massage parlors and a Kenny Rogers Roaster. The music [Read More…]

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Service, Scholarship and Speaking in Tongues

And now for something a little different, from Canada:  Pacific Academy in Surrey considers itself unique among schools, and few would disagree. Thanks to a billionaire benefactor, the academy has a 40-acre campus with four handsome brick buildings housing primary, intermediate, middle and secondary grades. It boasts an international baccalaureate (IB) program, state-of-the-art media centre, [Read More…]

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Most States Report Big Drop in Teen Birth Rates

From AP: The nation’s record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report. All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years. But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada [Read More…]

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