What can Catholics learn from Ramadan?

A priest offers some insight, via CNS:  The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started July 20 in many countries, is a time of fasting, prayer and repentance, when Muslims distance themselves from worldly activities in an effort to align their lives more closely with God and his laws. According to the Vatican’s point man [Read More...]

Ramadan isn’t Lent —and a few other things you should know

My colleague at CNEWA, Fr. Elias Mallon, last year wrote a superb essay on how Muslims observe Ramadan. (Among other things, his piece was honored last month with a Catholic Press Association Award).  We’ve excerpted part of it over at CNEWA’s award-winning blog, “One-to-One”, in honor of the start of the holy season.   In [Read More...]

Southern Baptists: “We stand with the bishops”

And they are directing their members to the USCCB website and suggesting ways to adapt the Fortnight for Freedom to their congregations. Details from the Catholic Exchange: At its Annual Meeting in New Orleans last week, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on Religious Liberty. Representing about 45,000 individual churches with 16 million members, the Southern [Read More...]

It’s not just a Catholic thing: an interfaith prayer service for “Fortnight”

Details: Amarillo residents of all faiths filled the pews at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral on Thursday evening for an ecumenical prayer service held in conjunction with similar events across the country. About 700 worshipers attended the service, which was presented as part of “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week period of prayer and other activities organized [Read More...]

Historic: Queen Elizabeth visits a Catholic Church in Ireland

From Sky News: For the first time, the Queen has stepped inside a Roman Catholic church on the island of Ireland in what is being seen as a hugely symbolic moment. It came as she visited the town of Enniskillen – the scene of one of the worst atrocities of The Troubles – during a [Read More...]

Biden’s daughter married in Catholic-Jewish service

Details: Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president’s office announced late Saturday. A news release from Biden’s office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krein in Wilmington. She is a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services [Read More...]

Let’s talk: Muslim-Catholic dialogue

Details: The 13th annual West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue continued its study of sacred texts with presentations on the prophets Hud and Habbakuk as well as a joint discussion on the qualities of the believer in Islam and Catholicism. The meeting was held at the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange, California on May 22-23. Bishop [Read More...]

Hello, Dalai!

Well, how often will I ever get a chance to use a headline like that, anyway? The Dalai Lama attended Mass on Pentecost as a “pilgrim” in Vienna, where Cardinal Christoph Schonborn noted: “”A person who is deeply rooted in their own faith can show deep respect for the faith of others.” [Read more...]

The Mormon who makes a joyful noise for Catholics

It took him two years, working in his living room, but he created a hand-crafted church organ that he plays every Sunday for a Catholic parish in Houston. Details: Ben Crandall gently lifted the hand-carved top off the cherry-wood organ and laid it to the side. He reached in and pulled two flutelike tubes from [Read More...]

Archbishop of Canterbury to step down

Details: Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the 85 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion, announced Friday he will step down from his post at the end of the year. Williams has been Archbishop of Canterbury, the top role in the Church of England, for 10 years. He has accepted the position of master of [Read More...]


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