Citing bombings, Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley warns of “culture of death,” opposes death penalty for suspect

Details:  Boston’s Catholic archbishop marked the city’s renewed sense of community after the marathon bombings but warned of the “culture of death” that led to the tragedy, calling on the faithful to “build a civilization of love.” At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley offered Sunday’s Mass, which was attended by [Read More…]

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Pope Francis at priestly ordinations: “You are pastors, not functionaries”

To mark the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations —which falls every year on Good Shepherd Sunday—Pope Francis ordained 10 men to the priesthood at St. Peter’s Basilica today.   Below, his homily, from Vatican Radio. +++ Beloved brothers and sisters: because these our sons, who are your relatives and friends, are now to [Read More…]

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Britain unveils memorial to Quakers who served during wartime

When you think about it, it may be the most unusual war memorial in the world: one dedicated to pacifists. From the BBC:  A memorial recognising the wartime work done by Quakers has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Quaker beliefs, among them pacifism, meant that many were unable to serve in [Read More…]

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Dispelling darkness in West, Texas

People take part in a candlelight vigil April 18 at the Church of the Assumption in West, Texas, to remember those who lost their lives or were injured in a massive explosion at the area’s fertilizer plant April 17. The explosion near Waco, Texas, killed 12 people and injured more than 160 others. (Catholic News [Read More…]

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Screaming babies II: “The comments really saddened me…”—UPDATED

The reader who started it all, and wrote to ask why people don’t take crying babies out of church, dropped me a line yesterday: Thank you for posting my questions; I really do appreciate it, as do a few of my priest-friends who are also wondering what more they have to do to get parents [Read More…]

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Catholic Ireland welcomes growing number of Muslims

From The Atlantic:  A new 60,000-square-foot development is likely to generate friction in any urban setting, much less a mosque in the capital of a historically Catholic country. And yet a proposal to construct a multi-use Islamic center — including a three-story domed mosque, school, and fitness facility — in the north Dublin neighborhood of [Read More…]

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Chaplains in demand following Boston bombing

Details:  Two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Medical Center chaplain Sister Maryanne Ruzzo was checking on staffers who’d been caring for the injured when she received a page. A bombing victim wanted to see her. The bedside was fraught with worry. A woman in her 30s had lost a leg to amputation as [Read More…]

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Muslim leader condemns terrorism “in all its forms”; Boston mosque closed

Details:  Within hours of news that the two brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombings were Muslim, the head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement condemning terrorism “in all its forms.” And the largest Islamic worship center in New England announced on its website that it was closed until further notice. In Washington, [Read More…]

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SSPX criticizes Pope Francis’ focus on the poor

Details:  A rebel Catholic group at the heart of major controversies that plagued former Pope Benedict has begun criticising his successor Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month. In a letter to supporters this week, the head of the ultra- traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) asked [Read More…]

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In Texas, “the Body of Christ is suffering greatly”

A deacon from Austin writes: Please keep the people of West, Texas in your prayers. One of the newly ordained deacons, Deacon Ron Sykora, is from the parish there, St. Mary of the Assumption. The Church and buildings are OK, but the Body of Christ is suffering greatly. Vatican Radio adds: Rescuers in central Texas [Read More…]

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