RIP: Annette Funicello, Catholic

Sad news, with word that the most famous Mouseketeer of all died today after a long battle with MS. The photo here shows her with first husband Jack Gilardi, leaving St. Cyril’s Roman Catholic Church in Encino, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1965, following their wedding ceremony. Annette spoke of her faith some years back, and how [Read More…]

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Divine Mercy: trust in the original iron man

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Leap of faith: Russia’s parachuting priests!

Now for something completely different, from CNEWA’s blog One-to-One:  The Russian military unveiled an unlikely new weapon in its arsenal this month — an army of parachuting priests. The unit of chaplains, who have joined the Russian Airborne Force to train in parachute jumping and vehicle assembly, will operate out of flatpack churches that can [Read More…]

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Jimmy Kimmel, Catholic

And he’s planning a wedding for this summer: Jimmy Kimmel will marry his fiancée, Molly McNearney, in the first week of July, Page Six can reveal. The talk-show host, who proposed to his longtime girlfriend last August, has sent out save-the-date cards for the ceremony, which we are told will be on the weekend after July 4. [Read More…]

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Why am I Catholic?

Patheos posed the question and asked for a 200-word answer. Okay. I’ll keep it simple. At bottom, it’s all about the stuff.   Free stuff.  Stuff like grace, inspiration, consolation, joy.  Oh: and best of all, Jesus Christ himself, in the Eucharist. Old stuff.  History. Tradition.  Scripture. Latin.  Mysterious stuff. Things I will spend a lifetime [Read More…]

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What we have come to: “Mourners for hire”

A snapshot of our fractured world in 2013, from the Telegraph: British mourners are renting “professional sobbers” to blub at funerals to make people believe the deceased was really popular. For £45 an hour, the fake mourners can be rented to cry for the duration of a funeral service in order to swell the numbers [Read More…]

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Creepy: “Exceptional egg donor needed”

From Melinda Henneberger in the Washington Post:  “Exceptional egg donor needed,” said a recent ad in the Harvard Crimson. The couple looking for that donor, it said, is working with a “prestigious Los Angeles IVF clinic,” in search of a “100% Korean woman” with an excellent education, “outstanding” test scores, “extremely healthy family history,” plus [Read More…]

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Archbishop Chaput to let girls play CYO football

Details:  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has decided to allow girls to play football in Philadelphia’s Catholic Youth Organization league next season, rejecting the recommendation of a panel he directed to review the league’s policy banning them. That rule was subject to scrutiny this winter after Caroline Pla, 11, of Doylestown, was told by the archdiocese [Read More…]

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Notre Dame announces winner of Laetare Medal

Details:  Sr. Susanne Gallagher, Sr. Mary Therese Harrington and Rev. James H. McCarthy, founders of the Special Religious Education Development Network (SPRED), will receive the 2013 Laetare Medal during the Commencement ceremony May 19. The Medal, established at Notre Dame in 1883, is the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. It is awarded annually [Read More…]

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What did the Joe Flacco do after becoming the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback?

Why, he went to McDonald’s, of course:  When you’re the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and you’ve just signed the most valuable contract in NFL history, it makes perfect sense that you celebrate by eating whatever meal you want. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did just that Monday, hours after inking his new record deal [Read More…]

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