Beautiful. Uplifting. Funny. And so very true.

Take 10 minutes and watch this extraordinary video, created by a class of Alabama middle school students.  It will stay with you long after it’s finished. H/T Aggie Catholics. [Read more...]

Climb every mountain: a priest’s journey up Kilimanjaro

Last week, I posted an item about a priest from Des Moines climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  CNS caught up with him this week, and has more: A pastor from the Des Moines Diocese has experienced a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the hope that it will bring others to God. Msgr. Frank Bognanno, 72 and pastor of Christ [Read More...]

In evangelical South Carolina, Perry calls Santorum “a good Catholic”

It was a soundbite that attracted some attention: Speaking to media during an impromptu press conference Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry twice mentioned rival Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith in criticizing his record on fiscal issues. “Rick Santorum is a good man, he is a good father, he’s a good Catholic,” Perry, an evangelical Christian, said. [Read More...]

A seminarian on preaching: “The first thing I do is pray…”

Catholic San Francisco has been following the pastoral year of seminarian Tony Vallecillo as he moves closer to ordination in 2014.  The latest installment in the series looks at the experience he is gaining preaching: The self-described perfectionist spent 10 hours reading, researching, ruminating and rehearsing to deliver the seven-minute “reflection,” the equivalent of the [Read More...]

From TV producer to priest?

That’s even more improbable than making the leap from TV producer to deacon. The Milwaukee Catholic Herald has the scoop: A producer, one might say, is not unlike a parish priest organizing a liturgy for a special occasion. Before enrolling at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Tony Budnick spent more than a decade [Read More...]

A “seismic shift” in Catholic America

Some perspective on what is happening in Philadelphia and elsewhere: From Philadelphia to Newark, N.J., New York to Boston, Cleveland to Chicago to Detroit and beyond, the church of the immigrants is going the same route as the old industrial America of our forebears. The huge plants — churches, schools and parish halls — markers [Read More...]

Protecting Jesus: the story of the Catholic chaplain on that sinking cruise ship

His story is now being told: A Catholic chaplain aboard the sinking Costa Concordia rushed to consume the Eucharist in an attempt to protect it as the cruise liner began to sink on Friday night. Fr Rafaeli Mallena, 70, described his ordeal to Fr Giacomo Martino, director of the Apostolate of the Sea for the [Read More...]

The “affirmative orthodoxy” of Archbishop Dolan

Now that he’s about to get the red hat, Archbishop Timothy Dolan is getting a closer look — and it sounds like a new book about him may be a good introduction: Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan of New York is becoming the most visible Catholic churchman in the Western Hemisphere. He is also a down-to-earth [Read More...]

What are you praying for next year?

This year is only a few days old, but Pope Benedict has already posted his prayer intentions for 2013. Two that strike me as especially interesting: September General: That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters. October General: [Read More...]

Low-gluten hosts: the bread of life for those who can’t eat bread

An issue that is often overlooked in many parishes is now getting renewed attention — thanks, in part, to a deacon candidate from Chicago: After Stuart Heyes was diagnosed with celiac disease last year, he learned that a gluten-free diet would prevent the pain he experienced after meals, which he described as “like the food is having [Read More...]


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