NFL’s Man of the Year, Matt Birk of the Ravens, speaks out against gay marriage

The story, from the Baltimore Sun: Ravens center Matt Birk is expected to film a video this week opposing Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law, making him the second player on the team to take a public stand on the referendum. Birk, a Roman Catholic and father of six, is pressing a view opposite that of [Read More…]

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“Preach the truth, always with love”

Another great video from Catholic News Service, featuring three men who will be involved in the Synod on the New Evangelization that begins next week:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. [Read more…]

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“Every life is a miracle”

From John Andrew O’Rourke and Blackstone Films, comes this potent and effective video that profiles Aid for Women, a crisis pregnancy center in Chicago. [Read more…]

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Random act of kindness: bus driver gives shoes to homeless man

It happened in Winnipeg, Canada, but the story is quickly spreading around the globe. A Canadian TV report below tells what happened: [Read more…]

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Whatever happened to Latin?

That’s a question a lot of Catholics have asked and, while it’s making a comeback, the ancient language of the Church can still be hard to find in some places. Catholic News Service (whose excellent videos are becoming the standard by which all others are measured) offers this very good overview of Latin’s role in [Read More…]

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“Les Miz”: an extended first look

Those who have been waiting for more glimpses of this epic musical — following the sensational trailer released this summer—your wait is over. The producers have just released a mini-documentary/promotional video that focuses on the groundbreaking technique they used for recording the music: actually performing the songs live, with piano accompaniment, rather than lip-syncing. Prepare [Read More…]

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Catholic Church opens its doors to Jewish neighbors in need for Rosh Hashanah

What a great story. Details: A ruptured pipe threatened to dampen Rosh Hashanah services on Long Island, but instead it brought neighbors of two faiths closer together. Synagogue leaders arrived at the Jewish Center of Island Park on Sunday to find the ground floor completely flooded. “The nipple of the pipe had burst, completely flooding about two-thirds [Read More…]

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“Call Me Maybe” as you’ve never heard it before. Really.

The ubiquitous song by Carly Rae Jepsen that defined the summer is here redefined in a delightful arrangement for choir and orchestra. It’s performed by the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra, a volunteer pickup ensemble conducted by Arianne Abela in New Haven, Connecticut. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. As improbable as it seems, this rendition rocks. [Read More…]

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Best love letter. To Michigan. Ever.

I’ve never even been to Michigan, and I’m in love with it. Check out this delightful sing-a-long video produced to promote the state, shot in 50 cities with a gazillion or so people and a whole lotta heart. (And get a load of the altar servers!) [Read more…]

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Writing as sacrament: meet Deacon Ron Hansen

When my worlds collide: a former colleague of mine from CBS News, Bob Faw, profiles Catholic writer and deacon, Ron Hansen for the fine PBS program “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.” It’s superb.  Just watch. Watch Catholic Writer Ron Hansen on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. [Read more…]

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