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...]

Where have we heard this before?

I friend at work passed along to me this morning the most recent issue of imagineONE, the twice-yearly magazine published by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ). It’s a polished, artfully produced periodical, published in Cleveland and featuring stories about leadership, spiritual direction, women’s dignity and updates about the order and its [Read More...]

Cardinal permits man in homosexual partnership to serve on parish council

Details: Overruling one of his parish priests, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has permitted a homosexual in a registered domestic partnership to serve on a parish council. Father Gerhard Swierzek, the parish priest of a small parish in the archdiocese, had refused to allow Florian Stangl, 26, to serve on the council. Stangl, who is [Read More...]

Epic fail: NBC and the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin story

The mind boggles: NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the “Today” show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin. A statement from NBC: “We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process [Read More...]

Incroyable! France’s oldest tree is also a church

Read all about it. H/T New Advent. [Read more...]

Off the farm and into the convent: “This feels natural. I like it here.”

An uplifting vocation story from Kansas: Last year at this time, 22-year-old Annie Stuhlsatz and the older siblings in her family were planning to dye Easter eggs and hide them in baskets of grass and green wheat gathered from the fields around their small farm in the shadow of St. Mary Aleppo Church. On Easter [Read More...]


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