The transformation of Boston’s “Little Rome”

Cardinal’s residence (photo: Boston College) From The New York Times:  The house on the rise has long been a symbol of Catholicism in Boston. When it was built, its grandeur demonstrated the wherewithal of the city’s newly powerful Roman Catholic community. When it was sold, the transaction reflected the straits of a once-powerful archdiocese brought [Read More...]

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Is your Christmas tree still up?

“Happy Christmas” by Johansen Viggo, via Wikipedia Someone posted this tidbit on Facebook this morning, which addresses the question of when you should take down your Christmas tree: Traditionally, Catholics did not take down their Christmas trees and other Christmas decorations until January 7, the day after Epiphany. The Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day; the period before that [Read More...]

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In Santa Fe, “native spirituality and Catholic faith walk hand in hand”

Details from CNS:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has placed new emphasis on reaching out to Pueblo communities, continuing evangelization efforts while upholding a traditional Indian way of life that is unique to New Mexico. “We are renewing our connection with the pueblos,” Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan told visitors with the Bureau of Catholic Indian [Read More...]

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Fr. Rutler on the Episcopal Church: “A tragic example of what happens when you abandon a serious commitment to the teachings of Christ”

From an extensive interview in the Catholic World Report:  CWR: You’ve spent half your life as a Roman Catholic and half in the Episcopalian church. The Church of England—of which the Episcopalian church is an outgrowth—recently made the news by naming its first female bishop, Libby Lane. How has the Episcopalian church changed over your lifetime? [Read More...]

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Let there be Christmas lights!

While visiting family in Maryland for the holidays, we decided to stop by a place that’s gotten a lot of attention in the local media: the Kentlands Christmas Lights in Gaithersburg. From Patch.com:  If you happen to be out for a drive in Gaithersburg, be sure to stop at this home where Mike Draghici has programmed [Read More...]

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Waves of destruction: remembering the tsunami, 10 years later

Photo: Peter Lemieux / CNEWA Hard to believe it, but today marks the 10-year anniversary of the devastating tsunami that swept over Indonesia—one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history. CNEWA’s blog features a poignant remembrance of that awful day from someone who was there. Check it out.  And the BBC offers an overview [Read More...]

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Pittsburgh hospital sends Christmas babies home in stockings

Photo: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Adorable. From The Daily Mail:  Babies born at a Pittsburgh hospital are heading home with their parents in tiny stockings. The Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center snapped photos of the tots lined up in the stockings, each with a green or red hat atop their [Read More...]

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The benefits of believing in Santa Claus

The headline in The Washington Post: Believing in Santa Claus could help your kids develop a cure for cancer. To wit: Tonight, Santa Claus will consume the minds of many children across the world. Many parents’ thoughts also drift there, but for different reasons. Parents of young children wonder whether they should promote the myth [Read More...]

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A Christmas Rhapsody: “Give me the vulgarity of inflated reindeer…”

A delicious piece of prose from Joseph Bottum:  I love the elegant Christmas-dining pictures in Bon Appétit. The holiday dishes and cutlery in the pricey Williams-Sonoma catalogue. The winter ornaments and widgets arranged so beautifully by Restoration Hardware. The season’s advertisements in the New Yorker, the Sunday Times magazine, House Beautiful, and all the rest—clean, refined, sophisticatedly simple expressions of upper-middle-class taste, displayed [Read More...]

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The story behind the world’s most bizarre Christmas tradition

That would be this fellow, who is perched on my desk at work — a gift from a priest colleague with a wicked sense of humor. I won’t show you the backside, but he’s doing just what you might imagine. The good people at TIME magazine wrote about this little Christmas treat a few years [Read More...]

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