Must-see video: father documents newborn son’s short life

The background: When a couple learned their infant son would die soon after he was born, they decided to document his short life in a very special way. Twenty weeks into her pregnancy, Robbyn Blick learned that her unborn son had a fatal genetic abnormality known as Edwards syndrome. Many babies with the syndrome die [Read More...]

What a feeling: Sister Cristina performs “Flashdance”

And, evidently, she’s now got fans with t-shirts celebrating her partnership with J-Ax. From CNS’s blog:  Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia nailed it again last night with her rendition of Irene Cara’s “Flashdance…What a feeling.” Viewers of last night’s live show voted for her to continue on to the final rounds on “The Voice of Italy.” [Read More...]

Sister Cristina rocks the house with Mariah Carey’s “Hero”

She performed again a few days ago on Italy’s “The Voice.” As one of the judges noted, the song was a good choice for the singing nun, because it was about salvation. The lyrics: There’s a hero If you look inside your heart You don’t have to be afraid Of what you are There’s an [Read More...]

You have to see this: the life of a circus chaplain

A fascinating video from the good folks at CNS, and producer Tyler Orsburn, showing how performers take a “leap of faith” and juggle a lot of competing responsibilities, while being both circus performers and Catholic. (And get a close look at the priest’s unusual stole…) [Read more...]

Liturgical dance? Check out these tap-dancing seminarians in Rome—UPDATED

From the North American College (via Joan Lewis of EWTN) comes this demonstration of terpsichorean talent by some happy hoofers at the rector’s dinner last month. UPDATE:  Got an email Sunday morning from a reader the Pontifical North American College in Rome: Since your blog is, after all, the “Deacon’s Bench,”  thought you might like [Read More...]

A soldier’s best friend: must-see video of a veteran’s reunion with his bomb-sniffing dog

Awwwww:  It was a sad parting when Sgt. Jason Bos left Fort Lee in Virginia nearly two years ago and had to say goodbye to MWD Cila M389, the bomb-sniffing chocolate Lab he called Cici. Over nearly five years, Bos and Cila — MWD stands for Military Working Dog, and M389 is the identification number [Read More...]

Pharrell Williams “Happy,” with a canonization twist

Cute:  Priests, nuns, and Romans of all ages have been very “happy” about today’s dual canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II since it was announced, ifthis video is any indication! The Vatican’s #2popesaints social media campaign put out the adorable video, which features clapping nuns, dancing priests, and Rome’s amazing architecture. Father Stefano Cascio, [Read More...]

Would you recognize a loved one who was homeless?

This video should give all of us pause. Details:  In a video produced by ad agency Silver + Partners and Smuggler for the New York City Rescue Mission, several people come face-to-face with their relatives and significant others dressed as homeless people. However, not a single participant recognizes their mother, brother or wife. “There’s only one person that didn’t make [Read More...]

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” rewritten for Easter

This has been making the round again this season: the ubiquitous “Hallelujah” (lately made famous, once again, by Fr. Ray Kelly), reworked around an Easter theme. Give a listen. [Read more...]

Deacon Francis

The must-see video from Holy Thursday. Beautiful. Once again, he teaches by doing. Are we taking notes?     [Read more...]