Mother of the Year nominee: cancer survivor who refused abortion while pregnant

Wal Mart in Canada is running a Mother of the Year contest — and this nominee, submitted by one of her children, deserves a little closer attention, I think: At 8 years old, my mom was diagnosed with a stage 4 Wilm’s tumor. She had surgery, 15 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation and [Read More...]

“Fake it until you make it”: a great lesson in optimism

If anybody needs a primer in the power of positive thinking, look no further than Jane Brody’s recent column in the New York Times, which told the story of a World War II vet named William Richmond: My recent column on optimism drew hundreds of comments from readers who testified to the value of living [Read More...]

Chinese priest reported missing ahead of illicit ordination

Details: Father Giuseppe Zhao Hongchun, apostolic administrator of Harbin, has been “missing” since the afternoon of July 4, where he went to attend an appointment arranged by religious affairs officials. Local sources told AsiaNews that they believed he has been under house arrest, but his whereabouts is not known to them. This event is related [Read More...]

“The only deacon referred to by name in the New Testament is Phoebe…”

Since the news of a new head of the CDF has prompted renewed discussion about women deacons, Deacon Bill Ditewig takes a closer look at some of the latest scholarship on the subject: The new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), now-Archbishop (soon-to-be Cardinal) Gerhard Ludwig Mueller has written on [Read More...]

Muslims vow to protect Christian churches in Kenya

Details: Muslim leaders in Kenya have agreed to form self-defence groups to protect churches following a deadly attack on Sunday. Fifteen people were killed in the raids on churches in Garissa, a town near the border with Somalia. Kenya’s border region has been tense since it sent troops into Somalia to pursue al-Shabab Islamist militants. [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness. Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment. Today. Now. We need to “speak out,” not only for religious liberty and the ideals of the nation we love, but for the sacredness of life [Read More...]

My favorite rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”

From 2007.  Place: Fenway Park, Boston.  Singer: Peter Rometti.  He has autism and was selected to sing the national anthem as part of Disability Awareness Night.  The crowd was clearly rooting for him as much as it was the Red Sox.  Watch.  Is this a great country, or what? [Read more...]

In tribute to that great Jewish novelty tune, “God Bless America”

Who knew? At least one critic has noted that parts of the song are lifted from a Jewish vaudeville song written over 100 years ago. (If you’re curious, give a listen to a sampling, and you can indeed hear the title strains of “God Bless America” very clearly.) Below, Kate Smith’s iconic rendition from “This [Read More...]

What a friend we have in cheeses: meet the cheese-making nuns of Virginia

All Gouda gifts around us are sent from heaven above! Details, from the Washington Post: It is 10:05 a.m., and Sister Barbara Smickel is shoulder-deep in curds and whey. She is in the cheese barn at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, Va., located about 14 miles west of Charlottesville and down a [Read More...]

Will Romney pick a Catholic?

Washington’s favorite guessing game — who will be Mitt Romney’s running mate? — is heating up along with the weather outside. The Washington Post notes one religion in particular keeps coming to the forefront: There has been a lot of talk this year concerning the role of evangelical Christians and Mormons on the Republican side, [Read More...]


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