Historic: Francis becomes first pope to visit Waldensian temple

From Vatican Radio:  On the second day of his Apostolic Visit, Pope Francis made an historic visit to the Waldensian temple in Turin. Although numbering only about 30,000 adherents, the Waldensian Evangelical Church is an important dialogue partner with the Catholic Church, as it is one of the only non-Catholic Christian communities native to Italy. [Read More...]

Report: Archbishop Nienstedt sought to limit investigation

From Catholic Culture:  Archbishop John Nienstedt, who resigned his week from his post as Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, had earlier tried to limit an investigation into charges of personal misconduct that had been lodged against him, according to an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). MPR, which has been highly critical of Archbishop Nienstedt, [Read More...]

If you don’t have time to read Laudato Si’, try this

From the Archdiocese of Toronto, a masterful summation of Laudato Si’ in one easy-to-read graphic. Nicely done. Find more great resources here. [Read more...]

To all the fathers in my life…

Happy Fathers Day!  With love and gratitude… [Read more...]

On Laudato Si’: “It is an earthquake”

A great evaluation of the new encyclical by Ted Widmer:  Of course, Laudato Si is likely to be chopped up, packaged and sold in exactly the way it advises us not to. Politicians from both extremes will distort it, or simply ignore it until the news cycle is comfortably past. Yet it is not a reductively conservative or [Read More...]

If you’re a pastor, how do you describe what you do in the Church?

Well, here’s a pretty good answer, from Evangelical pastor Rev. J. John. [Read more...]

Homily for June 21, 2015: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  View image | gettyimages.com I’m going to guess that most of us have never been on a small boat in the middle of a raging storm on the Sea of Galilee. But we all know the feeling—and it doesn’t really have anything to do with the weather. It’s pure fear, the fear that we [Read More...]

Jeb to Evangelicals: “The blessed sacraments give me great comfort”

From The Daily Beast:  Evangelicals aren’t typically the target audience for Roman Catholic theology talk. Low-church Protestants from the Bible Belt have historically been hostile to Catholicism, even sometimes fearing that Catholics’ devotion to the pope will lead to one-world government, and that their political clout in the United States presages the end times. So it was [Read More...]

Why is a Catholic fasting during Ramadan?

Rudy Lopez explains:  As someone once told me; “Fasting without prayer is just going hungry.” How true! Many Muslims pray fives times a day, and especially during Ramadan. Prayer feeds the soul and helps sustain the meaning behind the fast. Several years ago, I was walking through the Minneapolis airport and saw a young airport [Read More...]

Ordination update: 4 new deacons for Venice

Check out the full story at Florida Catholic.  It happened on June 6th, when Bishop Frank J. Dewane ordained Stephen Beck, Roberto Landron, Edison Gibbons and David Reardon at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL. Congratulations and welcome, brothers! Ad multos annos!  Photo via Diocese of Venice Facebook page [Read more...]