Report: rites in Holy Land will observe one date for Easter — UPDATED

Big news from Christ’s homeland: For pastoral reasons, the Catholic Church in the Holy Land plans in future to celebrate Easter according to the Orthodox calendar. The reason is consideration of the many inter-church families, said the Franciscan Custos Pierbattista Pizzaballa. In ecumenical dialogue, the date of Easter is one of the major hurdles. The [Read More...]

UPDATE: NBC issues apology over edited 911 tape

Details: NBC has completed its investigation into the mishandling of the police dispatcher’s conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. And the process ends with a finding of error, plus an apology. Here is the statement just issued by the network: During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made [Read More...]

State University of New York plans to hold classes on religious holidays

And it’s causing a predictable outcry: Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre and other religious and political leaders are criticizing an announcement by a state university that from now on it will hold classes on major Jewish and Christian holidays. In a March 26 statement, Bishop Murphy responded to the decision by Stony Brook [Read More...]

It’s a good week to go to confession…

…and update your status with God. [Read more...]

“How do we render God credible in this world?”

In a homily given on April 1, 2005, just before he was elected Pope, Pope Benedict said this: Above all, that which we need at this moment in history are men who, through an enlightened and lived faith, render God credible in this world. The negative testimony of Christians who speak about God but live [Read More...]

Raised in Communism, embracing Catholicism this Easter: “It’s a wonderful feeling to openly say who we are”

From the USCCB blog — with a cheerful h/t to Kate Monaghan — comes this inspiring story of a family’s journey into the Church: As youths baptized in Albania while the country was under Communist rule, Lule Prebibaj and her husband Ndoke’s baptisms were literally life-threatening. The Communist regime that took control of the country [Read More...]

Push for right to die growing in Netherlands

Details: It was 1989, and Dr. Petra de Jong, a Dutch pulmonologist, was asked for help by a terminally ill patient, a man in great pain with a large cancerous tumor in his trachea. He wanted to end his life. She gave the man pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate — but not enough. It took him nine [Read More...]

“Behold the man”

From Elizabeth Scalia at First Things: My intention with this column was to share some musings on the words of Pontius Pilate as he presented the tortured Jesus—the icon of “extreme humility”—to the crowd: “Ecce homo”; behold the man. They have become my Holy Week lectio divina, those two words, prompting me again and again to [Read More...]

“So here is a question for Holy Week…”

“And so here is a question for Holy Week. Are you and I willing to suffer with Christ, and if necessary die with him, outside the gate? The world is becoming increasingly hostile to Biblical faith. Many of the ancient truths contained right in our Catechism are called bigotry, hatred, intolerance, foolishness and superstition by [Read More...]

Baby’s first April Fools Day

Years from now, he’ll have lots of material to discuss with his therapist. [Read more...]


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