Anchorage church names parish hall in honor of deacons

How cool. This may be a first:  The deacons of the Anchorage Archdiocese took center stage last month when St. Patrick Church named its parish hall “Deacons’ Hall” in honor of past, present and future deacons of the archdiocese. The Sept. 7 ceremonies, which included Mass with Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz, honored the many deacons who [Read More...]

Another Catholic church may become a mosque

Some weeks back, I posted on a California church being used by Muslims. Now, a church in France may also undergo a conversion: A church in the central French town of Vierzon may be converted to a mosque, as Muslims across Europe are converting empty churches to fit their faith – but some locals are [Read More...]

Catholics hold first event at Crystal Cathedral

Hundreds gathered there for a service before a prayer breakfast. Details, from the Orange County Register: The Crystal Cathedral sanctuary known around the world for its flying angels and messages of positive thinking on Wednesday became a place of prayer for its new owners: Orange County’s Catholics. More than 1,200 Catholics filled the cathedral for [Read More...]

Ka-ching: New York may sell air rights over St. Patrick’s

Details, from the New York Daily News: The Archdiocese of New York wants to cash in on a proposed upzoning of midtown by selling the lucrative air rights to its landmark properties, including venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Church officials are lobbying city agencies to be allowed to transfer their development rights to any building in [Read More...]

Report: Anglicans discuss sharing cathedral with Catholics in New Zealand

Details are sketchy, but if it happens it would truly be historic: Anglicans in Christchurch are talking about sharing a cathedral with the Catholics, a move that would have worldwide ramifications. OLIVIA CARVILLE reports. Rebuilding Christchurch’s two wounded cathedrals into one ‘unprecedented’ Anglican-Catholic super-cathedral is under discussion at top levels in the Anglican Church. The [Read More...]

Slash: Milwaukee to close, consolidate over 100 parishes

That will affect about half of all the parishes in the archdiocese.  From Catholic News Service:  The Milwaukee archdiocese will close or consolidate 103 of its 203 parishes through 2020. Church officials pointed to three principal factors during the next decade: •The number of priest retirements will exceed ordinations, resulting in a projected 40 percent [Read More...]

Backlash in Bahrain over plans to build largest Catholic church in the region

The latest, from the Associated Press: The building of the largest Roman Catholic church in the Gulf was supposed to be a chance for the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain to showcase its traditions of religious tolerance in a conservative Muslim region where churches largely operate under heavy limitations. Instead, the planned church — intended [Read More...]

The Ryans attend Mass in Florida

Details: The day after delivering his first major address to the nation, Paul Ryan attended daily mass at Our Lady of Grace parish in St. Petersburg. The church, built in 1929, is a beautiful structure that is “Byzantine in style with Romanesque features.” A sign in front of the church read: “ALL ARE WELCOME.” The [Read More...]

Priest faces excommunication for starting own parish

An interesting—and rare— case, from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  A Milwaukee-area Catholic priest sanctioned this year for indirectly violating the seal of the confessional now faces excommunication after launching a new parish with a breakaway diocese a few miles away. Father David Verhasselt, once a popular priest at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oconomowoc, was [Read More...]

“We can create here the most significant Catholic cultural center in the world outside the Vatican”

That’s one bishop’s assessment of Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral — a.k.a. Christ Cathedral — after taking a tour yesterday. Details:   A group of Catholic leaders from around the world toured Wednesday the future largest Catholic cathedral in the United States: Christ Cathedral. They saw possibilities everywhere. There’s the vast infrastructure set up to televise the world-wide [Read More...]


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