How the cookie crumbles: Catholics and the Girl Scouts

There’s been some controversy about whether Catholics should support the Girl Scouts, and even if it’s appropriate to buy their cookies.  Catholic News Service takes a closer look: Tina Kent credits the Girl Scouts for teaching her skills in leadership, conflict resolution and critical thinking and for giving her an appreciation for the outdoors and [Read More…]

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Detroit parish holds first “blessing of the purses”

This is something new to me: Churches have long held special ceremonies to bless the sick, pets, bikes and more. Now a church in Detroit has celebrated its first “Blessing of the Purses.” The first annual event, held Sunday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, was aimed at praying for financial stability in a city that [Read More…]

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Quote of the day, on SSPX

“The response, the new response, is rather encouraging. But there are still developments that will be made, and examined, and decisions which should be taken in the next few weeks.” — Fr. Frederico Lombardi, head of Vatican Press Office More details here. [Read more…]

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An American in Paris: “Religion in France is far from dead…”

My colleague at CNEWA Michael La Civita went to France for Easter and expected to find a secularized country utterly devoid of Catholic fervor. But he found something very different: I wandered down to my favorite neighborhood, Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Entering the dark medieval church that gives the district its name, I lighted some candles, offered a [Read More…]

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Pastor who declined gay marriage petition gets standing ovation

Earlier, I posted about parishes in Seattle that were declining to take part in the petition drive against same sex marriage. Now, some reaction from the pews: The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev.. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not [Read More…]

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Meeting them where they are: a profile of an “intentional parish” in Brooklyn

I missed this on Good Friday — I was otherwise engaged — but it’s worth a read.  It looks at a growing phenomenon in the Church: people seeking out parishes outside of their geographic boundaries. From the New York Times: St. Boniface attracts an average of 700 people a weekend, remarkable when only about a [Read More…]

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Welcome back: the return of the “reverts”

It’s happening more and more, and not just among Catholics.  From USA TODAY: Bruce Boling will celebrate Easter Sunday this weekend among Southern Baptists, just as he did when he prayed at a tiny Kentucky church where his family filled half the pews. After decades away from faith, “I slowly began to see what I [Read More…]

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Cardinal calls on Christians to wear crosses

Details: Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as “a symbol of their beliefs” and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the [Read More…]

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Catholic couple takes “interfaith pilgrimage” on “Faithbook”

A great story about spiritual discovery, and how a couple is learning more about the world’s faiths, including their own: Frederic and Anne-Laure Pascal are devout Roman Catholics who built their lives around their religion. When she lost her job last year, the young couple decided on an unlikely expression of their religious commitment: a [Read More…]

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Report: rites in Holy Land will observe one date for Easter — UPDATED

Big news from Christ’s homeland: For pastoral reasons, the Catholic Church in the Holy Land plans in future to celebrate Easter according to the Orthodox calendar. The reason is consideration of the many inter-church families, said the Franciscan Custos Pierbattista Pizzaballa. In ecumenical dialogue, the date of Easter is one of the major hurdles. The [Read More…]

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