Pope will preside at wedding of Catholics living together, couples with children

From CNS:   Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica [Read More...]

“We remember…”

Part of my homily for the ten year anniversary, on September 11, 2011: +++ I think perhaps that forgiveness – like conversion – is a journey.  The human heart isn’t necessarily converted over night.  We don’t all have that electrifying moment on the road to Damascus.  For many of us, it grows out of what Flannery [Read More...]

Argentine stadium to be named for Pope Francis

This may be a first for a pontiff. From the BBC: Argentine football club San Lorenzo has announced it will name its new stadium after Pope Francis. The pontiff has supported the Buenos Aires-based team since he was a boy. San Lorenzo, one of the oldest teams in the Argentine Football Association, is planning to [Read More...]

Fr. Mychal Judge’s last homily: 9/10/01

The now-famous first fatality of 9/11 delivered these remarks the day before he died, at FDNY Engine 73, Ladder 42, Bronx, NY.  *** Good morning, everyone.May the grace of God the Father, peace of God the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.We come to this house this morning to celebrate renewal, rejuvenation, new [Read More...]

More on the seminarian ordained near death: “He will be serving the people of God in heaven”

For those who read this story yesterday and saw the poignant video, more details today from The Tennessee Register:  As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours [Read More...]

Must-see video: The fight ministry of Paul Burress, the “Pastor with a Punch”

As someone says in this video, “You’re the first really badass preacher I’ve met.” From The New York Times: “Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?” So wondered Pastor Paul Burress, as we interviewed him about his “fight ministry,” which [Read More...]

Why the seal of the confessional cannot be broken

From my blog neighbor Sam Sawyer, SJ, comes this must-read on the subject of confession:  I try not to make a habit of wading into swamps, but there’s something going on in Louisiana that should not be ignored. The state Supreme Court ruled that, once a penitent has waived confidentiality, what was discussed in the sacrament of [Read More...]

Egypt’s Grand Mufti condemns ISIS—UPDATED

Another important Muslim voice joins the chorus of condemnation: Egypt’s Grand Mufti on Monday condemned the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying its horrific actions take it “far from Islam.” Last week leading Muslim institutions denounced ISIS’s killing Steven Sotloff, the second U.S. journalist to be executed by the jihadist group. Former Deputy Imam [Read More...]

Horror: nuns raped, murdered in Burundi

Details:  When 79-year-old Sister Bernadetta Boggian, of the Saverian order, called Father Mario Pulcini on Sunday afternoon to tell him that she had just discovered two of her elderly colleagues brutally raped and murdered in their convent in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, she had no idea she would face the same fate just nine [Read More...]

As another year of RCIA begins, meet some who have made the journey home

Here’s a story I suspect will resonate with many, from The Lowell Sun: A couple of years ago, Richard Lee of Billerica, a retired University of Massachusetts police officer, wasn’t enjoying his then-recent retirement. In fact, since a son died shortly after a premature birth 15 years before, his outlook on life wasn’t great. One day, [Read More...]