“Flat Francis” does Epcot

The paper pontiff hit a few of the sites in Orlando yesterday, starting out at the Basilica Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe. Somehow, he found his way to Epcot. He didn’t meet the height restrictions on the rides—which require that you be taller than 11″—but I did sneak him onto Test Track on [Read More...]

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Place of Jesus’ baptism in Jordan declared a UNESCO heritage site

From CNS: UNESCO declared Bethany Beyond the Jordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River, as a World Heritage site and the location of Jesus’ baptism.“The decision is logical. The Eastern side is where all the Byzantine antiquities and churches are located,” said Franciscan Father Eugenio Alliata, professor of Christian archaeology at Jerusalem’s Studium [Read More...]

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Sign of hope

Flying out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport yesterday, this sign caught my eye: It’s a reminder of the invaluable airport chaplaincy that serves so many faithful travelers shuttling around the world. (That sign dissolved into another message: “God Bless Our Troops,” which made me wonder how much longer such a shockingly religious message will be [Read More...]

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“If anyone is discerning a calling, my advice is simple: Give the keys to God and see where he wants to take you.”

Some months back, my old friend Sister Camille D’Arienzo got in touch and asked me if I’d take part in her interview series for The National Catholic Reporter. I said sure. This week, they published the results. I’d more or less forgotten about it until a friend tonight sent me the link. Snip:  What have you learned [Read More...]

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Journey to Genesee: “Those who think they have arrived have lost their way”

I spent Saturday afternoon visiting with my sister, who lives part of the year in Geneseo, New York, about an hour’s drive southeast of Buffalo. She arranged for us to get a private tour of a place I’ve always wanted to visit: The Abbey of the Genesee, a well-known Trappist monastery just a short drive [Read More...]

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A great night in Buffalo

I’m pleased to announce that CNEWA’s ONE magazine tonight won 12 awards at the annual Catholic Press Association gathering, including 1st Place for General Excellence (Mission Magazines). Among other things, the judges wrote: First-rate journalism. Consistently strong reporting and research, not simply quotes and descriptions. Any one of the news features in a given issue could easily have [Read More...]

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Buffalo gals, a deacon, and a bench

Highlights from yesterday: first, a riveting luncheon speech by the great Sister Rosemary, in which she recounted her heroic working saving girls’ lives using needle and thread. She got a well-deserved standing ovation. A fellow who happened to be sitting at my table for lunch was Deacon René Laprise, Director of Media Relations for the Canadian [Read More...]

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A great dinner companion—in every sense

It isn’t every day you get to dine with one of the most influential people in the world. Last night, I had the privilege of doing just that: sitting at the same table for dinner with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe. If you don’t know Sister Rosemary, you should. Honoring her last year, Forest Whitaker wrote in TIME [Read More...]

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This morning in Buffalo…

Weather has been gorgeous here: mid-70s, with a brisk breeze. Went for a walk this morning to see a few sites around the hotel and convention center. Besides the classic architecture, lovingly preserved, I also saw an iconic figure in the hotel lobby: Msgr. Paul Tighe, who spotted me and came over to say hello. First words [Read More...]

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The obligatory Niagara Falls post

Wherein I’m photographed in the company of the Ann Rogers and Brian Finnerty, Communications Director for Opus Dei. We look like we have the makings of a bad sitcom. But we had a great time. We’re in town for the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo. More news from that in the days to come…after Brian [Read More...]

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