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...]

Pope names two Americans to key posts on sex abuse reform

From John Allen in Crux:  ​Two priests from the United States, one with ties to Chicago and the other a veteran of the Boston archdiocese, have been named to key Vatican roles by Pope Francis in his clean-up effort with regard to the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals. ​Fr. Robert Oliver, who served as a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 7 new deacons for Milwaukee

The photograph above arrived in my in box this morning with a note, from Deacon John A. Ebel, Director of the Office for Diaconate Formation in Milwaukee. He wrote: Seven new deacons [were] ordained Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Archbishop Jerome E. [Read More...]

Pope sends condolences to family of Steven Sotloff

From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis has expressed his sorrow for the death of slain US journalist Steven Sotloff, urging people everywhere to reject violence, aggression and lack of compassion. His words came in a telegram of condolences addressed to Sotloff’s family and signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Jesus has chosen sinners…he calls everyone!”

Some timely thoughts from Pope Francis in this morning’s homily:   Jesus is not a professor who speaks from the professor’s chair; rather, He goes among the people and lets them touch Him so that they can be healed. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass this morning at Santa Marta. Commenting on the day’s [Read More...]

Ireland’s new “servant leader,” Archbishop Eamon Martin

Details:  The new leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has pledged to lead it through a process of “humble renewal” without trying “to make sure that it dominates politics and the State”. Archbishop Eamon Martin succeeded Cardinal Sean Brady as Primate of All Ireland yesterday, taking over a leadership role which covers the 26 [Read More...]

An answered prayer: a dying man is ordained a deacon and priest

I got this email this morning:  Yesterday I asked for your prayers for a 4th year theologian/seminarian for the Diocese of Nashville, William Carmona. He was due to be ordained a deacon this Fall and ordained a priest in June; however, he is dying from cancer. Bishop  Choby chose to ordain William both as a [Read More...]

Of prodigals and parades: Elizabeth Scalia nails it

The Anchoress today takes a thoughtful look at the controversy swirling around Cardinal Dolan and the St. Patrick’s Day parade and takes sides—but it’s the side of Christ. Read on:  What about a bishop agreeing to be Grand Marshall in a Saint Patrick’s Day parade wherein homosexual groups — yes, even the sort of lobbyist homosexual [Read More...]

Philadelphia unveils official icon and prayer for 2015 World Meeting of Families

The striking image, shown here, is the work of artist Neilson Carlin. It’s a rare depiction of three generations of Christ’s family—all with eyes fixed on Jesus, whose own eyes are fixed on us, the viewer. Visit his website to learn more about some of the beautiful religious images he’s created. There’s a very good profile [Read More...]