On the diaconate: “This is what God is calling me to do”

An interesting look at some men in formation, from Florida Catholic:  The men gathered in worship with their wives sang the closing hymn of Mass, “Let Us Build the City of God,” with much spiritual enthusiasm. For the men who have heard the call to the vocation of the diaconate, the song culminated a retreat [Read More...]

Meet the “Hug Lady”

Want a hug? Meet Elizabeth Lord. This is your go-to gal. [Read more...]

Catholic and Orthodox leaders sign appeal for mutual forgiveness

Details:  The heads of Russia’s Orthodox church and Poland’s Catholic church signed an appeal Friday to their nations to forgive each other for past historical wrongs. The signing in Warsaw during the first visit to Poland by Russia’s Patriarch Kirill has been described by the churches as a historical act of reconciliation. The two nations [Read More...]

Catholic group: “Please pray for Paul Ryan to have a change of heart…”

From the Wall Street Journal:  Rep. Paul Ryan has been taking flak from church groups – including the relatively conservative U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the somewhat more liberal group Nuns on the Bus—because his budget could cut money from programs for the poor and elderly. Now a group of fellow Catholics from his home state [Read More...]

Gone with the windfall: Margaret Mitchell heir leaves estate to Archdiocese of Atlanta

This is huge, courtesy the Georgia Bulletin:  The Archdiocese of Atlanta has received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, including a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to “Gone With the Wind.” The estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the [Read More...]

Forbes: six Catholic universities in top 100, Notre Dame ranked highest

From Tony Spence at CNS:  Forbes magazine has issued its annual U.S. college and university rankings. Six Catholic schools made it into the top 100 out of the 650 schools listed this year. The colleges listed in the top 100 are University of Notre Dame,  No. 12; Boston College, No. 26; Georgetown University, No. 38; College [Read More...]

A big move: you can now “Get Religion” at Patheos

More fodder for Great Moments in Journalism!  I’m delighted to share this happy news. Details:  GetReligion is moving. Finally. In the future, GetReligion.org will still get you to the weblog, but if you want to bookmark the most direct cyber-route, here’s the URL that you need: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/ Of course, we’ll also be up and running [Read More...]

“Pregnant man” files for divorce

Well, now, this is different:  The “pregnant man” may soon be a male single mother. Thomas Beatie, a transgender man who bore three children, is filing for divorce from his wife Nancy, WPTV reported. But a judge is questioning whether their marriage was legally valid in the first place. Beatie is hoping it is, even though [Read More...]

Saudis move to ban .catholic web address

Details:  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attempted to block a Vatican bid to create new web addresses ending in .catholic, arguing that it “cannot demonstrate that it possesses a monopoly over the term ‘Catholic’”. The objection is one of more than 160 sent by the Saudis to ICANN, the body in charge of web [Read More...]

Santorum: government is forcing Catholics to sin

He made the remarks while stumping for Mitt Romney in Ohio:  Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is “directly assaulting” religious freedom and that his administration has implemented policies that force Catholics to abandon their faith. “We have a president who, for the first time in American history, is directly [Read More...]


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