Priest appointed to investigate cause for Chesterton sainthood

It’s getting serious.  Details:  In a statement released today, the Diocese of Northampton said: “The Bishop has appointed Canon John Udris, a priest of the Diocese and currently a spiritual director at St Mary’s College, Oscott, to undertake a fact-finding exercise on his behalf.” In August this year, the American Chesterton Society released a statement [Read More…]

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I just love this image of St. Monica

I’ve seen her on the subway, shopping at Key Food, nibbling on french fries at McDonald’s, her mind clearly on something else.  I imagine you’ve seen her, too. Keep her in your prayers.  These are tough times to be a kid. And tough times to be a mother. St. Monica, on this your feast day, [Read More…]

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Prayer to St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr

Today marks the great saint’s feast, so once again (in what is becoming a Bench tradition) I’m pleased to post this icon of St. Lawrence, created by Deacon Lawrence Klimecki.  Prayer to St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy [Read More…]

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In Rare Move, Pope Waives Second Miracle for John XXIII Canonization—UPDATED

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of Blessed John XXIII. And for the first time in nearly 60 years, not one but two popes are about to become saints. From Vatican Radio:  Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised [Read More…]

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St. Thomas on Facebook

This is clever, marking today’s Feast of St. Thomas, from Catholic Memes:    [Read more…]

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On Dolan’s Visit to a Mosque: “The Church Regards with Esteem the Muslims…”

Various corners of the internets have been aswarm with critical reaction to Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s recent visit to a Staten Island mosque. Some critics have said he was wrong to state that Muslims and Christians worship the same God; commenters have criticized him for comparing Muslims to Catholics and a few have expressed shock that [Read More…]

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Los Angeles Breaks Ground for Plaza Honoring Oscar Romero

From the Los Angeles Times:  Members of the Salvadoran community in Los Angeles realized a long-awaited dream Saturday when groundbreaking began on a plaza to honor Msgr. Oscar A. Romero, a Catholic archbishop who was slain in 1980 during El Salvador’s civil war. Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and a revered figure for [Read More…]

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St. Joseph Added to Other Eucharistic Prayers

A pleasant surprise, courtesy Fr. Z:  Decades after John XXIII placed the name of Joseph in the Roman Canon, it seems that the name of the great Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons, will be in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV in the 3rd edition of theMissale Romanum. I received a copy [Read More…]

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First “Righteous Gentile” Killed for Saving Jews Beatified

From the Times of Israel:  An Italian Catholic activist and journalist who was declared a Righteous Gentile for saving Jewish lives during World War II has formally been put on the road to sainthood by the Roman Catholic church. Odoardo Focherini was beatified – the step before sainthood – at a ceremony Saturday in his [Read More…]

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St. Ephrem, deacon and writer

Today marks his feast, and deacons (among others) should take note:  Born around 306, Saint Ephrem lived through some of the most tumultuous times in the early Church. Heresies, especially Arianism, were rampant; the Church faced persecution; and without Christ’s promise that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it, the Church might not have [Read More…]

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