Pope: Church risks being more like an “old maid” than a mother

From CNS:  As his international Council of Cardinals began a three-day meeting to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said having a perfect organizational chart for the church won’t guarantee that the church fulfills its mission of bringing people to Christ.Celebrating an early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence Dec. [Read More...]

Phoenix hosts massive celebration in honor of Mary

Behold, an annual tradition known as “Honor Your Mother.”  The Catholic Sun reports:  Thousands of people were drawn to the streets of downtown Phoenix Dec. 6 in an outpouring of love for Our Lady of Guadalupe at the annual Honor Your Mother celebration. Phoenix police shut down traffic to allow for the parade of colorfully [Read More...]

Believe it or not: in seven states, you must believe in God to hold public office

Who knew? From The New York Times:  A bookkeeper named Roy Torcaso, who happened to be an atheist, refused to declare that he believed in God in order to serve as a notary public in Maryland. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1961 the courtruled unanimously for Mr. Torcaso, saying states [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: you decide, we report

Media Bistro reported last week on a media summit featuring ABC News anchor David Muir. Tweets from the event reveal some of the editorial thinking now leading one of America’s premiere newscasts. Evidently it is the viewing public—which this morning is trending stories on Facebook about a man eaten alive by a snake and Bobby Moynihan’s [Read More...]

World Meeting of Families debuts official hymn: “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom”

Kathy Schiffer got the scoop: On Sunday, November 30,worshippers at a Mass at Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul heard for the first time the hymn that will be played at Pope Francis’ Mass during next year’s World Meeting of Families. “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom” was co-written by Norbertine Father Andrew Ciferni and [Read More...]

Swiss company gives pope a pair of donkeys

From The New York Daily News:  The head of the Roman Catholic Church has a fondness for donkey milk. Pope Francis was given two of the animals this week by the Swiss firm Eurolactis, and the Pope waxed a little nostalgic about drinking donkey milk as a baby in his native Argentina. The company’s founder, [Read More...]

“Text Me Merry Christmas”: a carol for our times

An instant classic, from the wonderful a cappella group Straight No Chaser, joined here by the insanely talented Kristen Bell. I LOL’d. [Read more...]

WWMD: What Would Mary Do?

“The Annunciation” by James Tissot From the vault, my homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2007:  +++ His name was Charles Sheldon – and he is one of the most influential preachers in American history. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of him. Until I started looking into this, I hadn’t [Read More...]

Report: Retired pope wanted to be known as “Father Benedict”

From the AP: A German newspaper is reporting that retired Pope Benedict XVI says he would have liked to be known after his resignation as “Father Benedict” — a title that would have distinguished him more clearly from the current pontiff. The German-born Benedict has been known as Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI since retiring last [Read More...]

In new interview, pope discusses Synod, reassignment of Cardinal Burke

This just in, from Gerard O’Connell in America magazine: Immediately after his election on 13 March 2013, Pope Francis told himself, “Jorge, do not change, continue being yourself, because to change at your age would be ridiculous.” He revealed this interesting personal detail in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Elisabetta Piquè, for La Nacion, the [Read More...]


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