A Muslim mother offers blessing to her son, a newly ordained priest

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Details: A Muslim mother gave her blessing and support to her son who recently became one of the 11 newly ordained priests from the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) order in the presence of Archbishop Vincensius Sensi Potokota. Robertus Belarminus Asiyanto, 31, was ordained last Oct. 10 at the [Read More...]

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Can we do better than just “Pre-Cana”?

I think most thoughtful Catholics would say “Yes.” And some bishops at the Synod seem to agree. From National Catholic Register: Could marriage preparation by itself become a thing of the past for couples approaching the wedding altar? The idea of a “marriage catechumenate” — a period of formation for marriage that would cover a [Read More...]

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Transgender activist: Bishop, priest supportive of my transition

This op-ed piece appeared in the Edmonton (Canada) Journal last week, written by transgender activist Marni Panas: My Ukrainian Catholic faith has been a significant cornerstone in the life of me and my family, but I had been pulling away from my faith over the past few years, mostly out of fear I would not feel welcome [Read More...]

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From the Synod: Chicago’s Cupich on divorce, conscience, reconciliation

One archbishop’s take, via NCR: The Catholic church has to respect decisions divorced and remarried people make about their spiritual lives after they examine what their conscience is telling them to do, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich said during a press briefing. Cupich — one of nine Americans attending the ongoing Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops and one of [Read More...]

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From the Synod: “We do not support a process of admitting the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist”

That comment comes from a Polish archbishop who briefed reporters Thursday. Details:  Archbishop Gadecki, President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, and Archbishop Carlos Aquiar Retes of Mexico, were guests at the briefing. Holy See Press spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, told the media that there had been about 93 interventions on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday [Read More...]

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From the Synod: Observers say media coverage “doesn’t reflect what we see in there”

From today’s press briefing, via CNS:  Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the [Read More...]

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Pope begins Synod: “The Church is called to carry out her mission in truth, which is not changed by passing fads or popular opinions”

From his homily this morning: The Church is called to carry out her mission in truth, which is not changed by passing fads or popular opinions. The truth which protects individuals and humanity as a whole from the temptation of self-centredness and from turning fruitful love into sterile selfishness, faithful union into temporary bonds. “Without [Read More...]

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Meet the deacon who’s been a foster parent 50 times

This is humbling and inspiring:  He never expected it, but Deacon Neil Tift realized he was making a difference when he came home from work on his birthday to find a card and a chocolate candy bar, a gift from JR, the adult foster son who has been living with him and his wife, Denise. [Read More...]

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Attending a Catholic college but becoming Jewish

This is an interesting meditation by the daughter of a mixed-faith family—but it seems to me this shows the potential pitfalls of choosing to not choose a faith for your children: Growing up in Harrison, New York, 10 minutes outside the Bronx, everyone I knew was Italian, Jewish or both. Mine was a pretty secular [Read More...]

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Cupich on Synod: “It is no longer sufficient to just repeat the formulas of the past” — UPDATED

Ahead of receiving the pallium in Chicago today, Archbishop Blaise Cupich shared his thoughts on the significance of that event, the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and preparations for the Synod this fall. From Catholic New World: CNW: What are your expectations for the Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held [Read More...]

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