Parishioners tackle purse snatcher during Mass

Details: The suspect accused in a string of purse thefts in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill section is now in police custody after being arrested Sunday morning during a church service. “The individual came in about 10 minutes after the service started, and he sat right here, about five pews from the back of the church,” said [Read More…]

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Penn State dedicates Catholic center with a familiar name: Paterno

Details: Sue Paterno’s dream came to fruition Saturday morning while she was surrounded by close friends and family. The Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center was dedicated and opened at 10 a.m. during a Eucharistic celebration and blessing ceremony. The Paternos helped to raise the money for the $6.5 million structure. Paterno’s children and [Read More…]

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What do Catholic women think about contraception? You might be surprised

A new report casts the question of artificial birth control into a new light—and suggests a leading problem isn’t dogma, but disinformation. Once again, bad catechesis rears its ugly head. Details: While the data indicates that most Catholic women do not fully support the Church’s teachings on contraception, the results also do not show the sweeping [Read More…]

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Texas church accused of violating IRS rules

Details:  A local Catholic church appears to have violated IRS rules — and Catholic doctrine — by endorsing a presidential candidate in a church bulletin. St. Raphael Catholic Church on the city’s East Side might have violated an Internal Revenue Service rule that prohibits tax-exempt churches from taking sides when it comes to candidates seeking [Read More…]

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Study says Catholic regions of U.S. more likely to pick risky stocks

Maybe it has something to do with faith? From Financial Post:  Fish on Fridays, mass on Sundays, and risky mutual fund management throughout the week. That’s what a new study from the University of Georgia and Southern Methodist University says about funds based in predominantly Catholic areas of the U.S. “You would think generating profits [Read More…]

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Meet the former Playboy centerfold who prays the rosary

From CatholicVote: In an interview with Fox News, former Baywatch star and Playboy Playmate Donna D’Errico talked about her recent hiking trip to Mount Arrarat, where she traveled to fulfil a lifelong dream of searching for Noah’s Ark. D’Errico says she’s wanted to search for the Ark since she was a child in Catholic School. So when [Read More…]

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Is this man the most influential Catholic in Washington?

He’s retiring from his position with the USCCB—and he could be one of the most important Catholics most people have never heard of. From the Washington Post: For the typical American Catholic, seeing Cardinal Tim Dolan, the country’s top bishop, give the closing prayer at the GOP convention was the big political event of the [Read More…]

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Vietnamese villagers ordered to replace church cross with picture of Ho Chi Minh

Details:  Government authorities from a district in the Central Highlands last week compelled ethnic villagers to remove Catholic pictures and items from their chapel and replaced them with images of Ho Chi Minh last weekend. “After local Catholics finished prayers in the chapel on Sunday morning, local government authorities came and asked them to remove [Read More…]

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“Leaving in sorrow”: breakaway Catholics start new church in North Carolina

As you can tell from the image above, attendance isn’t exactly S.R.O. Details:  Our first reading Saturday comes from the Book of Kings, with an angel nudging an exhausted and distraught Elijah, telling him to get up and leave. The Rev. Tom Sanford and his congregation have done just that. Sanford left the Catholic priesthood [Read More…]

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LA Times: Ryan’s budget a “quandary” for some Catholics

Barely 48 hours after Paul Ryan joined the ticket, the ideological debate is already heating up: A couple of things were different at 9:45 a.m. Mass at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Janesville on Sunday. Rep.Paul D. Ryan, a fixture in the center pews when he’s not in Washington or on a national news [Read More…]

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