Brick by brick: Pennsylvania’s Lego-loving priest and his remarkable hobby

From CNS:  Bob Simon fell in love with two things at the age of 5 — the Catholic Church and building with Lego. Now, as a 51-year-old priest, Father Simon has discovered a way to merge both of these passions. The pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow finds that his Lego-building hobby [Read More…]

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Father knows best—and wears a bullet-proof vest

A Massachusetts reader sent this item my way. Evidently, the new priest at his parish, Fr. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, wanted to ride along with the local cops in Hingham, MA. He got the full “Cops” treatment, too—captured in the video below.   [Read more…]

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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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He’s out: Bishop suspends Polish gay priest

View image | gettyimages.com Not surprising:  A Polish priest who lost his job at the Vatican earlier this monthafter revealing that he is gay and has a boyfriend was indefinitely suspended Wednesday by the church in Poland from performing the functions of a priest. Rev. Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, came out as gay and criticized the Vatican [Read More…]

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By the numbers: latest Church statistics show more priests, deacons

  View image | gettyimages.com Some highlights, from Fides:  As every year, in view of World Mission Day, this year celebrated on Sunday, October 18, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s [Read More…]

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Circle of life: priest administers baptism to great-nephew from his sick bed

Beautiful story, from The Boston Pilot:  On Oct. 3, senior priest Father John McCormick baptized his great-nephew Owen Rourke, pouring water over the 3-month-old’s head and blessing him, just as he had done for all his other family members — but this time was different. Father McCormick administered the sacrament from his sick bed in [Read More…]

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“Truly a miracle”: Kidnapped Syrian priest describes his escape from ISIS

Miraculous, indeed, via Catholic News Agency:  A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape. “This is the miracle the Good Lord gave me: while I was a prisoner [Read More…]

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Confessions of a new confessor

From Ethika Politica comes this view from the other side of screen, via Fr. Gabriel Toretta, OP:  As a newly ordained priest, I get asked all kinds of questions to which the speaker already knows the answer, things like “What was it like being ordained?” (Indescribable), “How do you like your new parish?” (It’s great), [Read More…]

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New Jersey priest arrested, accused of pointing musket at 8-year-old boy

From The New York Daily News:  A football loving New Jersey priest was arrested Friday for allegedly pointing a musket at an 8-year-old boy who committed the cardinal sin of cheering for the Dallas Cowboys. Father Kevin Carter, a devout Giants fan, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by [Read More…]

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Vatican fires gay priest ahead of Synod—UPDATED

Fron AP:  The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. Monsignor Kryzstof Charamsa was a mid-level official in the Vatican’s doctrine office. In newspaper interviews published in Italy [Read More…]

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