Meet the Muslim who became a Catholic bishop—and later baptized his father

Who knew? A surprising interview from Diane Montagna in Aleteia, about Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of the Blantyre archdiocese in Malawi.  He is one of the Synod fathers and he has a remarkable story to tell: You were raised Muslim? At the age of 7, I left home and went to the parish because I wanted to [Read More…]

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Fox News’s Kirsten Powers announces: “I’m becoming Catholic!”

The news has been hurtling around the world tonight on Twitter: About Powers, from her Wikipedia page: Kirsten A. Powers (born 1969) is an American political pundit and analyst. She began her career as a Democratic Party staff assistant with the Clinton-Gore presidential transition team in 1992, followed by an appointment as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for [Read More…]

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What do “Benedict’s converts” think of Pope Francis?

View image | gettyimages.com   An intriguing question, and Aleteia looks for some answers: Francis has made a name for himself by transforming the Church in the eyes of much of the world. Although the majority of Francis’ changes have been merely cosmetic (one man cannot reinvent a 2,000 year old institution, and the world [Read More…]

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“Chesterton was married? I didn’t know that.”

Here’s an intriguing glimpse at a side of the celebrated writer’s life that many may not know about, from Nancy Carpentier Brown: G.K. Chesterton is perhaps the most famous writer of the 20th Century, and yet we still know very little about him and his family life. One of the reasons is because his wife [Read More…]

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A death row inmate’s conversion: “It was Catholics who had shown me so much love and kindness”

A remarkable odyssey, from Sister Camille D’Arienzo in NCR. She interviews David Hammer, 56, serving a life sentence without parole in Tucson, AZ: Sr. Camille: 15 years have gone by since you first contacted me. You were an inmate in Allenwood, Pa., anticipating a January 1999 execution. Your request was for someone to pray for [Read More…]

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“Why I became Catholic”

Tim Stanley, of the U.K.’s Catholic Herald, explains: I guess the two big questions to ask a convert are: why did you do it and are you happy? Answering the first point is hard. It’s like asking a man why he married a woman. There’s a temptation to invent a narrative – to say, “this [Read More…]

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Looking for a life-size statue of Jesus? Look no further

From a California newspaper comes this profile of a Catholic with a very unusual hobby: The first thing you notice walking into Jim and Vicki Asbury’s house in Browns Valley is that it is full of grandchildren and pets. The second thing you notice is the life-size statue of Jesus at the top of the [Read More…]

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Mega-church pastor who became Catholic: “So much started to make sense”

Some readers may remember the post about Ulf Ekman, a prominent Evangelical pastor who stunned the world when he announced last year he was becoming Catholic. Now, an update, The National Catholic Register: On March 9, 2014, Ulf Ekman, founder and pastor of Word of Life church in Uppsala, Sweden, shocked his congregation with the announcement [Read More…]

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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…]

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New York Times profiles Fr. C. John McCloskey III, “Opus Dei priest with a magnetic touch”

Details:  Last fall, I traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., to meet the man with the unusual gift. Some priests are known for their work among the poor, others for their learning, still others for decades of service to a parish. The Rev. C. John McCloskey III, a priest of the traditionalist Opus Dei order, has [Read More…]

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