More people plan to live it up on the Day of the Dead

A popular holiday  is gaining a foothold in the United States. Details: Growing up in South Texas, Kiko Torres saw the Day of the Dead as an obscure holiday celebrated in southern Mexico. Few people dared to discuss it in his small but strong Catholic, Mexican-American community. Still, Torres said he became fascinated by Day [Read More...]

Coping in Kansas City: "Obviously, we're not O.K. with this…"

How does a diocese deal with having its bishop indicted?  The New York Times visited a parish in Kansas City — the former parish of Fr. Shawn Rattigan, the priest at the center of the scandal — to find out. The Rev. Justin Hoye was struggling to figure out what, if anything, to say on [Read More...]

"You Lost Me": Why teens leave church — UPDATED

Some sobering food for thought on a Sunday night, courtesy Religion News Service and the Barna Group: Why do young Christians leave the church? New research by the Barna Group finds they view churches as judgmental, overprotective, exclusive and unfriendly towards doubters. They also consider congregations antagonistic to science and say their Christian experience has [Read More...]

RIP, Dolores Hope

The widow of entertainer Bob Hope has died, at the amazing age of 102. Her obituary notes her Catholic roots: Dolores DeFina was born on May 27, 1909, in Harlem, the daughter of John Thomas DeFina and the former Theresa Kelly. She grew up in the Bronx and changed her last name to Reade when [Read More...]

Do-it-yourself religion?

According to a new book, more Americans are custom-designing their own beliefs and theologies. From HuffPo, and USA TODAY: If World War II-era warbler Kate Smith sang today, her anthem could be “Gods Bless America.” That’s one of the key findings in newly released research that reveals America’s drift from clearly defined religious denominations to faiths [Read More...]

Study: grieving parents more likely to die early

Can you really die of a broken heart?  Parents who lose a baby before its first birthday are more likely to die early themselves, according to this report: Researchers at York and Stirling universities said bereaved parents were up to four times more likely to die in the decade following the child’s death. Previous studies [Read More...]

Leaps of faith: Christians and Jews reaching out to Muslims after 9/11

It’s a phenomenon that cropped up shortly after the terror attacks, and the New York Times looks at how it has played out in some communities: When Betsy Wiggins opened her front door and saw the woman in a full black face veil coming up her flower-lined walkway, she wondered if she had done the [Read More...]

"Galileo was wrong; the Church was right" — UPDATED

That seems to be the argument put forth by some members of the Church, who are evidently affiliated with SSPX, and it gained some attention this weekend in the Chicago Tribune: Some people believe the world revolves around them — and their belief is born not of selfishness but of faith. A few conservative Roman [Read More...]

Trying to save lives with "Operation Ceasefire"

A California initiative is seeking to stem the tide of gang-relateed violence, and churches are now playing a role. From Catholic San Francisco: Hugo Chavez was shot four times, falling to the ground in his gravel driveway, while his younger brother drank beer in the back garden on a jasmine-scented July night in East Palo [Read More...]

One of a kind: meet the WYD pilgrim from China

Check this out: The final Mass of World Youth Day was a sea of national flags. In the million-strong crowd, however, it was hard to find one particular flag – China. That’s until CNA bumped into Thomas Zeng. “This week has been absolutely fascinating,” said the university student who’s traveled all the way from Shanghai [Read More...]


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