What we have come to: traditional marriage depiction “offensive”?

Details: Warwick [Rhode Island] officials are allowing a Pilgrim High School student to finish a hallway mural as she originally intended, after they had a section of it painted over last week. The mural shows a man’s journey from childhood to adulthood, with the last part showing him standing with a woman and child with [Read More...]

Make-a-Wish Foundation helps grant teen’s wish to meet the pope

How cool is this? Read all about it: She wore a red coat to stand out among the foreign dignitaries and international politicians. Others in line to meet the leader of the Roman Catholic Church carried gifts: Tapestries, paintings, even the Olympic torch. Olivia Kassien didn’t have anything, but it didn’t matter A cardinal wearing [Read More...]

Paul Ryan: my Catholic faith helped shape budget plan

Details: House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says his Catholic faith helped shape the Republican budget plan by stressing local control and concern for the poor, according to an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network released Tuesday. “A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves, in public and in private, so to [Read More...]

“I feel a band of love, of dreams”

Watch what happens when a silent, elderly man in a nursing home dons a set of headphones and hears music from his youth.   Alleluia! [Read more...]

BREAKING: Santorum quits race

I suspect this will be all over the place. But you can find quick summaries here and here. And The Anchoress is on top of things, as well. Stay tuned. Comments closed.   People reading the comments can see why. [Read more...]

Meeting them where they are: a profile of an “intentional parish” in Brooklyn

I missed this on Good Friday — I was otherwise engaged — but it’s worth a read.  It looks at a growing phenomenon in the Church: people seeking out parishes outside of their geographic boundaries. From the New York Times: St. Boniface attracts an average of 700 people a weekend, remarkable when only about a [Read More...]

“Hate speech”: controversy over play about Pius XII and the Holocaust

The play in question is often blamed for popularizing the notion that Pius XII was sympathetic to the Nazis.   Now it’s receiving a rare staging at a college in Minnesota: A controversial play scheduled at UMD next week critical of Pope Pius XII for not doing enough to stop the Holocaust has raised the [Read More...]

Catholic University students build a hermitage in downtown Washington

If any place could use a little peace and quiet, it’s the nation’s capital. Details: Architecture students at The Catholic University of America are seeing their design efforts come to life through a project to build a modern-day hermitage in the middle of Washington, D.C. William Jelen, director of the collaborative project, called the experience [Read More...]

“Whatever slender thread is holding our planet together just might stem from these monastic women…”

An alert reader sent this my way: a reflection by broadcast journalist Judith Valente about lessons she’s learned from visiting a Benedictine monastery. From USA TODAY: To arrive at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kan., you must cross Contrary Creek and bypass Last Chance Road. Eventually, you will see a red brick structure on [Read More...]

“A reporter’s job is such a joy!”

That’s Mike Wallace, getting the last word (as he should) in this superbly produced piece from yesterday’s “Face the Nation.”  Kudos to editor Warren Lustig and Morley Safer for capturing the man so perfectly. [Read more...]


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