What does Jorge Bergoglio keep in his breviary?

An excerpt from “Francis: Pope of  New World” by Andrea Tornielli: When he traveled, Jorge Mario—who likes to be described as “a priest who is happy to be a priest”—was inseparable from his date book, in which were written by hand the telephone numbers of his friends and acquaintances. And he always carried with him his [Read More…]

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Why don’t parents take screaming babies out of church?—UPDATED

I’m opening up comments for this, to see what you parents out there have to say. A reader writes: Hi Deacon Greg, I am desperate to find answers to above question!!!  When I politely ask the parent of a screaming child why they refuse to leave Mass so they don’t disrupt it for everyone else, [Read More…]

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Priest’s accused killer blames it on “bad homilies”

Yikes: An unemployed man, who said he was only trying to teach his elderly priest a lesson, was charged Wednesday with murdering him. Antonio Incandela, 33, said he had had it with the homilies delivered by Michele Di Stefano, the priest in the small rural town of Ummari on the west coast of Sicily. Di [Read More…]

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Pope nixes bonus for Vatican employees

Details: The global economic crisis is hitting Vatican employees in their cassock pockets. The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis, known for his frugal ways, decided Vatican employees won’t be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pope. In the past, the Vatican’s 4,500-plus workers — both religious and lay [Read More…]

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VIDEO: Cardinal O’Malley tells Boston mourners, “We must overcome the culture of death”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s remarks from today’s interfaith memorial service at the cathedral in Boston. [Read more…]

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Gosnell backlash: how a free press becomes less free

If the press isn’t responsible, the government will start trying to tell it what to do.  And you will encounter things like this:  Some 72 members of Congress have signed on to a letter demanding that the mainstream media provide coverage of the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell. Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “A Church that does not go out of itself…sickens from the stale air of closed rooms”

That comment, and more, is contained in a message the Holy Father sent to Argentine bishops. Details: Pastoral ministry should always be missionary and its ministers must be courageous evangelizers not afraid to go out ‘into the deep’, the outskirts of existence, to bring the ‘sweet and comforting joy’ of faith to people today. This [Read More…]

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How can you keep from singing? A great rendition of the National Anthem tonight in Boston

As the YouTube description puts it: Before the Bruins-Sabres game, Rene Rancourt starts singing, and then the TD Garden crowd takes it home as Boston returns to sports two days after the bombing at the Boston Marathon. God bless Boston.  God bless America. [Read more…]

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Ohio Catholic school fires teacher living with gay partner

Details:  A gay physical-education teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school in Clintonville said the morality clause cited in her dismissal could easily be used to fire any number of staff members who fail to follow all the church’s rules. Carla Hale, who worked at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years, was [Read More…]

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Pat Summerall’s redemption: “Someone had to die for me to live”

Pat Summerall, the sportscasting legend who died yesterday, struggled with alcoholism for much of his life.  He was also a born-again Christian. From his obit:  After an intervention involving, among others, former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, former CBS Sports President Peter Lund and former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beaman, Summerall checked into the Betty Ford [Read More…]

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