Ordination update: 18 new deacons for Jefferson City

Photo: Jay Nies/ The Catholic Missourian One of the newly ordained dropped me a line today: Saturday, April 20, Bishop John R. Gaydos ordained 18 men as permanent deacons for the Jefferson City [Missouri] Diocese. It’s the largest class in our history. Congratulations, and welcome!  Ad multos annos!   And how about a shout-out for [Read More…]

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“Reporter” listed as worst job of 2013

From the Wall Street Journal: This year, several professions geared toward serving the financial and health needs of an aging population made the top ten, says Lee, including audiologist, financial planner, and physical therapist. As for the worst job of 2013? Newspaper reporter bumped last year’s loser, lumberjack, for the ignominious distinction. “It’s been low [Read More…]

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Two Syrian bishops kidnapped

Aleppo, Syria Details:  Sources in Syria report that the Greek Orthodox archbishop of Aleppo, Paul Yazigi, and the Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim, were seized by “a terrorist group” as they were “carrying out humanitarian work.” Reuters reports that “a Syriac member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Abdulahad Steifo, said the two men [Read More…]

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Cry babies

What do you think about kids crying in church? We’ve been reading about  it here and here and here. Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about it  on the Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick at 6:35 am ET. [Read more…]

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St. John Paul?

It could be coming soon:  “A saint now!” The canonisation of Wojtyla is getting closer quickly and it could be celebrated next October. In fact, in the past few days, the medical council of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has recognized as inexplicable one healing attributed to the blessed John Paul II. A [Read More…]

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Pope Francis “unblocks” Romero beatification

Some potentially big news on the sainthood front, from John Allen:  A Vatican official responsible for the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador announced Sunday that the cause has been “unblocked” by Pope Francis, suggesting that beatification of the assassinated prelate could come swiftly. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia spoke Sunday in the Italian [Read More…]

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Vatican: “There is a move toward putting more women in key roles”

Details:  Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras said he was backing more posts for women after the Pope named him this month to lead a task force of eight cardinals from around the world to reform the Roman Curia, an alleged hotbed of intrigue, infighting and corruption. The cardinal’s comments, made to The Sunday [Read More…]

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When Catholic schools close

From The Record in Northern New Jersey comes this lengthy look at why Catholic schools are closing, and the impact on communities: Padre Pio Academy in Hackensack will close its doors this year, following Assumption Academy in Emerson, which was shuttered in 2012. The Archdiocese of New York plans to close 24 schools in June. And nationwide, nearly [Read More…]

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Picture of the week: Pope blessing a mother and her unborn child

Over at NCR, Tom Fox notes:  I think this is the first time I have ever seen a pope touching a woman or have seen a woman’s hand on a papal hand. The times are changing! Well, “touching a woman” beyond a handshake, that is.  I have to say: the image here is strikingly warm [Read More…]

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Moving on from screaming babies: how about wandering children?

This happened today at the 11:30 Mass. Our celebrant, the vocations director for my diocese, had preached a homily about vocations—how we are all called to something—and was about to launch into the Eucharistic Prayer when, lo and behold, he got some company: a child who felt called to the sanctuary and all that neat [Read More…]

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