Francis slept here: inside Cardinal Bergoglio’s apartment in Argentina

Take a look:  “A man drunk with God”, the title (from the French) of the classic biography of Saint Sharbel by Fr Paul Daher, spontaneously comes to mind when listening to those who were close to Pope Francis when he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires. We are in the Archbishop’s Palace in the [Read More…]

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Indiana copes with priest shortage

From the Post-Tribune newspaper, which toward the end makes mention of deacons: Early in his career, the Rev. Rick Orlinski was one of three priests at Our Lady of Grace in Highland and spent two to three days each week ministering to the sick in their homes. Now, there is one priest who serves the [Read More…]

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Two small but significant changes regarding Communion reception—UPDATED

A website calls attention to this item in a USCCB newsletter on the new Roman Missal, from January: What does the Missal say about the posture of the faithful when receiving Holy Communion? What about Communion in the hand? Both of these questions are covered in no. 160 of the GIRM. It states clearly there that the [Read More…]

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Nuns launch radio show in Texas

They aren’t exactly flying nuns, but they’re definitely on the air. Details:  Yesterday we spent some time at the Guadalupe Radio Network studios prepping for our new weekly live show, A Good Habit. It debuts this coming Wednesday, May 1st, at 1pm. We hope you’ll not only tune in, but call in, as we’ll be devoting part of [Read More…]

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Homily for April 28, 2013: 5th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.] “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Those words may be among the most familiar, most comforting, in all of scripture. It can be tempting to sentimentalize this passage.  We shouldn’t.  The fact is:  it should make all of us lose sleep at night. Because, in [Read More…]

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Heart full of hope: the story behind the beautiful cover of Boston Magazine

From the Atlantic Wire:  For their May cover, following the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Magazine has created an indelible image made from shoes worn by the marathon’s runners. The cover, while evoking the horror of the bombing, is primarily a forward looking message. Text inside the heart created by the shoes reads: “We Will Finish the Race.” Boston [Read More…]

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Praying “under the covers” in an atheist country

What’s it like to live and pray in an officially atheist state?  CNS has a fascinating interview with Maria Dhimitri, who lived that way in Albania: “They said God didn’t exist. I couldn’t come to church or pray or speak of God at all,” she said of the communist regime that came to power in [Read More…]

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Pope compares preparation for heaven to cataract surgery

His homily from today: Our journey of faith is not one of alienation, but prepares our hearts to see the beautiful face of God: this was Pope Francis’ message during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. On Friday Mass was attended by Staff from the Vatican Typography, the Vatican Labor Office and Vatican State Police. [Read More…]

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Bishop returns petition to gay man, with one comment

You may remember this story from earlier in April.  Now, an update:  The story of a Long Island Catholic ousted from his parish jobs for marrying his male partner generated headlines, outrage and an 18,000-signature petition to Bishop William Murphy to have Nicholas Coppola reinstated. But now the tale has an odd coda: Murphy, who [Read More…]

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The distressing disguise of the poor: “I’m not a bum. I’m a human being”

  Meet Ronald Davis, a homeless man from Chicago whose story has suddenly become a social media sensation: As one of Chicago’s more than 105,000 estimated homeless citizens, Ronald Davis’ story of struggling to survive on the streets may not be unique — but the reaction to his plea for work and dignity certainly is. A [Read More…]

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