Archbishop Cupich’s installation program, featuring music and the coat of arms

For those who missed it, you can download the full program right here.  After all the debate that erupted online over the archbishop’s selection of “All Are Welcome” at the vespers service, liturgists might want to note that the installation Mass itself included “How Lovely Are the Messengers“ by Mendelssohn, and “Taste and See,” along [Read More...]

VIDEO: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — but with a twist

In much of the country right now, it really is cold outside. So here’s something to warm your heart: a new rendition of the winter classic by Michael Bublé and Idina Minzel (who last year was singing “The cold never bothered me anyway…” in “Frozen”). But this one has a charming twist. All the roles in this mini-musical [Read More...]

Caught on video: an exorcism in the Czech Republic

This happened last winter, but this week the priest involved finally confirmed it is authentic.  Details:  A chilling video of an exorcism taken at a Czech Republic Catholic church shows the chilling task of removing Satan. The ritual was captured on camera by a man who heard the shrieks of the woman inside the sanctuary and filmed [Read More...]

“We are overjoyed”: reaction to pope lifting ban on ordaining married men as Eastern Catholic priests

This news got a lot of attention earlier in the week, and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive: The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “All Christians are equal in dignity before God, united by vocation to holiness”

From his General Audience this morning: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. A great gift of the Second Vatican Council was to have retrieved a vision of the Church founded on communion, and to have also embodied the principle of authority and hierarchy in this context. This has helped us to better understand that all [Read More...]

Patti Smith defends performance at Vatican: “I like Pope Francis and I’m happy to sing for him”

Details from The New York Daily News:  Last week, the Godmother of Punk drew criticism from all sides after accepting the invitation of Pope Francis to sing at the Vatican’s upcoming Christmas concert. One Italian Catholic organization labeled the star “blasphemous.” Meanwhile, some hipsters found Smith’s proposed appearance hypocritical, considering she opened her very first [Read More...]

“The Risen Christ is in the boat with us”

“Just as Jesus left the peacefulness of his mountain top prayer to embrace the disciples in all their too human and fallible journey, so now the Church in our day is called to be faithful to its mission, the mission taken up by Paul and Peter, by putting aside her fears and the allure of [Read More...]

RIP, Deacon Sam Taub, ordained in 1973: “He was exactly what a deacon is called to be”

An email with this news arrived last night, and now there’s an obit from the Arlington Catholic Herald:  Deacon Samuel M. Taub, one of the longest serving deacons in the Arlington Diocese, died Nov. 17 at his McLean home surrounded by family. He was 93. Funeral arrangements were still pending as the Catholic Herald went [Read More...]

“All Are Welcome” greets Blase Cupich as he arrives at cathedral

From Crux:  During a ceremony rich with ritual and symbolism, the next archbishop of Chicago was welcomed to his new assignment Monday night as a prelude to his formal installation as head of the nation’s third-largest Catholic community today. And Blase Cupich, named by Pope Francis to replace ailing Cardinal Francis George, wasted no time [Read More...]

Ray Flynn on Cardinal O’Malley: “The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night”

The former ambassador to the Vatican writes:  The world witnessed the humility and greatness of the Catholic Church last night on the nationally celebrated “60 Minutes” news magazine, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley spoke as a new American voice for the Vatican and we must believe for Pope Francis, from St. Peter’s Square. Addressing a nationwide [Read More...]