Young inmates looking forward to Holy Thursday visit from Pope Francis

And, it turns out, most of them are Muslim. From Zenit:  On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Casal de Marmo, a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Rome. ZENIT interviewed a chaplain at the prison, Father Gaetano Geco, who described interesting aspects of his work with minors. Father Gaetano belongs [Read More…]

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Vatican releases text for Pope Francis’ Way of the Cross

The text, to be prayed at the Col0sseum on Good Friday, was supervised by a newly created cardinal, Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros Raï, and written by Lebanese young people with a special emphasis on the struggles of people in the Middle East. CNS notes:  A group of Lebanese young people wrote the meditations at the [Read More…]

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Biden attends Cardinal Dolan’s Palm Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s

And before anyone asks: yes, he evidently did receive communion. Details: Vice President Joe Biden attended mass and received communion on Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York where the mass was celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. At a time when the administration is being sued by Dolan and the Catholic Bishop’s Conference over the Obama [Read More…]

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How Diana’s funeral marked a return to “Catholic” England

Details: The outpouring of public grief over the death of Diana Princess of Wales marked the moment England returned to its Roman Catholic roots almost 500 years after the reformation, according to the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Acts such as showering the Princess’s hearse with flowers show that the public [Read More…]

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A prominent Muslim convert leaves the Catholic Church

This picture of his baptism a few years ago made news around the world.  Now, he’s changed his mind. John Thavis has details:  A prominent Muslim-born journalist baptized by Pope Benedict XVI, Magdi Allam, has announced he’s leaving the church because it is too “weak with Islam.” Allam, writing on his Web site, said the [Read More…]

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Have you been to confession lately?

This is Reconciliation Monday for the greater New York area — every church in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island will be open to hear confessions today from 3 pm to 9 pm. You can read more here.   I wrote about the sacrament and its effects from a personal perspective a few [Read More…]

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Will this pope inspire more scientists to become priests?

That’s an intriguing thought.  In Forbes magazine, John Farrell mulls: A pope who’s also a scientist is rare. But these days even parish priests who are scientists are not exactly common. To be sure, everyone knows the name of Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics. And there’s my hero, the Belgian priest and physicist Georges Lemaître, who [Read More…]

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Kids in kilts: this is spectacular

Check out this grin-inducing drum line performance from a talent show two years ago at Lake Howell High School in Orlando. These guys call themselves the Hot Scots. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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It’s never too late

Above, a 95-year-old brand new Christian. The story: last week, I got this e-mail from my goddaughter Branda, who joined the church through RCIA a few years ago. She now lives in Arizona: Ok, clearly hell must have frozen over…my Father wants to be baptized!! Hey, at 95, no sense in jumping into anything crazy [Read More…]

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“Come to Golgotha on Good Friday”

That was the subject of an e-mail I received late last week, asking me to advise people in my neighborhood of an extraordinary initiative that will take place at the end of this week: On  Good Friday, March 29, Msgr Phillip Reilly and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants will conduct a special Prayer Vigil @ [Read More…]

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