Cutting a rug: thousands receive souvenir carpet squares used at pope’s Mass in Philadelphia

Now for something completely different:  Nearly one month after Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Philadelphia, more than 5,000 of the 6-inch by 6-inch squares of white, gold and gray carpet used during the papal Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway have been given out as souvenirs. Crews from Hunterdon County’s Flemington Department Store were onsite at the Philadelphia Museum of [Read More…]

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Pope’s favorability numbers rise after visit to U.S.

From CNS:  A Marist Poll survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus found Pope Francis’ favorability made significant gains among Catholics and among Americans overall in the wake of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. Among practicing Catholics, 90 percent now say they view Pope Francis favorably, up from 83 percent in August, [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Cardinal Napier optimistic about Synod’s outcome

From NCR:  One of the 13 cardinals said to have signed a letter to Pope Francis sharply criticizing the ongoing Synod of Bishops has said he no longer has concerns about the gathering and is even optimistic about its outcome. South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that Francis’ response to [Read More…]

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10 Things You Should Never Say to a Nun…

From a nun, of course, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble:  To preface this list, I have to say that most people I meet are very kind and excited to speak to a religious sister. Atheists. Muslims. Bikers. Former Catholics. Punks. People from all kinds of backgrounds and views love nuns. It makes sense. Kids know that [Read More…]

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Can we do better than just “Pre-Cana”?

I think most thoughtful Catholics would say “Yes.” And some bishops at the Synod seem to agree. From National Catholic Register: Could marriage preparation by itself become a thing of the past for couples approaching the wedding altar? The idea of a “marriage catechumenate” — a period of formation for marriage that would cover a [Read More…]

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By the numbers: latest Church statistics show more priests, deacons

  View image | gettyimages.com Some highlights, from Fides:  As every year, in view of World Mission Day, this year celebrated on Sunday, October 18, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s [Read More…]

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When a prison cell became a cathedral: a lesson on Eucharist from Francis Xavier Nguyn Van Thuan

Planning to address the children of my parish as they prepare for their First Holy Communion, I instead addressed my homily yesterday to their parents. Here is some of what I said, just published at Aleteia:  We see these milestones in the lives of our children and sometimes they go by in a blur. Sometimes it becomes [Read More…]

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A single parent writes to the Synod: “Why aren’t we represented?”

From Katrina Fernandez over at Aleteia, raising a very good point: I know it seems like a small thing, silly perhaps, but I keep scanning the headlines and reading the news looking for those two small words. Small words with significant meaning. Single. Parents. Each time I read a news article about the discussions within [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 12 new deacons for Boston

It happened on Saturday, and here’s the preview from The Boston Pilot:  Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will ordain twelve men to the Order of Permanent Deacon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Oct. 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. The candidates began their studies in September 2011 when they started attending classes two nights [Read More…]

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Transgender activist: Bishop, priest supportive of my transition

This op-ed piece appeared in the Edmonton (Canada) Journal last week, written by transgender activist Marni Panas: My Ukrainian Catholic faith has been a significant cornerstone in the life of me and my family, but I had been pulling away from my faith over the past few years, mostly out of fear I would not feel welcome [Read More…]

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