Archdiocese releases statement on “live” exorcism scheduled to be on TV tonight

From St. Louis:  The cable network “Destination America” reportedly plans to air a purported exorcism live on national television on Friday, October 30, from a home in St. Louis which was associated with the well-known exorcism of “Roland Doe” in 1949. Given the public nature of this event, the Archdiocese of St. Louis – which [Read More...]

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NYC board reportedly to vote on removing “St. Patrick” from annual parade

  View image | gettyimages.com The late Cardinal John O’Connor must be turning over in his crypt. The scoop:  [Parade board director] John Lahey has called a meeting of the parade’s board of directors for Thursday, October 29, the purpose of which is a vote on several proposed changes to the organization’s bylaws. According to the [Read More...]

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High school students volunteer to serve as pallbearers for those who die alone

Some may remember the story I posted last year about Jim Skerl, the teacher at Cleveland’s St. Ignatius High School. In 2002, he established a group called the St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Society, made up of young men who volunteer to serve as pallbearers at the funerals of people who had no one to bury them.  [Read More...]

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Cardinal Pell on Synod document: “People should read it, not what was spun to them”

View image | gettyimages.com From Aleteia:  The Synod on the Family may have concluded in the Vatican, but a “virtual synod” is now underway in the media. And one high-ranking cardinal is urging people not to believe the spin. On Sunday morning, prior to the noonday Angelus, Aleteia spoke with Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat [Read More...]

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Pew Research Center: Most U.S. Catholics disagree with Church teaching on what is sinful, want changes in Communion rules

Details:  Most U.S. Catholics (62%) think the church should allow Catholics who have been divorced and remarried without an annulment to receive Communion, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. And only about a third of American Catholics (35%) say they personally think getting remarried after a divorce without an annulment is sinful, compared with [Read More...]

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Final Synod report urges “accompaniment”

  View image | gettyimages.com From CNS:  While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation [Read More...]

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“Unsportsmanlike conduct”: football player penalized for thanking God after touchdown

From Syracuse.com:  Late in the first half of Mexico Central Academy’s regular-season football finale atVernon-Verona-Sherrill on Saturday, Tigers’ quarterback Dante Turo took a snap from center and bolted 73 yards for a touchdown. As he crossed the goal line well ahead of any V-V-S defenders, Turo, a devout Christian, raised his right arm and pointed skyward. He also held the [Read More...]

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Who was behind those stories about the pope’s brain tumor?

The Italian media are wondering:  Conspiracy theories worthy of a Dan Brown novel sprouted in the Italian media on Thursday, with accusations that Pope Francis’s enemies were looking to undermine him after a newspaper reported he had a brain tumor.  The Vatican angrily denied Wednesday’s story, calling it irresponsible and inexcusable, but rather than fading out [Read More...]

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Vatican denies report Pope Francis has brain tumor

From Reuters:  The Vatican denied on Wednesday an Italian media report that Pope Francis has a benign brain tumor. “The circulation of entirely unfounded news regarding the health of the Holy Father by an Italian newspaper is gravely irresponsible and unworthy of attention,” chief Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a statement. “Furthermore, as [Read More...]

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Pope’s favorability numbers rise after visit to U.S.

From CNS:  A Marist Poll survey commissioned by the Knights of Columbus found Pope Francis’ favorability made significant gains among Catholics and among Americans overall in the wake of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. Among practicing Catholics, 90 percent now say they view Pope Francis favorably, up from 83 percent in August, [Read More...]

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