An Evangelical Writes: “He’s Our Francis, Too”

Timothy George. the dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, writes in Christianity Today: We see already an intimation of Saint Francis in Pope Francis. There is his simple apparel: black street shoes instead of the calfskin red of his predecessors, simple white cassock minus gold-embroidered accessories. In addition, a pope who lives in [Read More...]

Jesus In Queens

Some of the Corpus Christi procession from my parish in Forest Hills this afternoon. Photos by Rosalind Chan-Ganzhi. [Read more...]

A Priest’s Advice to the Newly Ordained

There’s a lot of wisdom here—and a lot of it, I think, could apply to deacons, as well. Since we are smack in the middle of ordination season, here’s some fraternal advice from Rev. Damian J. Ference, a priest of the diocese of Cleveland: I just celebrated my 10th anniversary of ordination two weeks ago, and [Read More...]

It’s an iPhone Case! It’s a Bottle Opener! It’s an iPhone Case AND a Bottle Opener!

What a piece of work is man,” wrote Shakespeare. And here’s why. You might be amazed at some of the ingenious ways people have found to incorporate the iPhone case into daily life—making the ubiquitous smartphone even smarter and more useful! From CNET:  Apple’s iPhone introduced a whole new category of technology and unlocked an endless stream of [Read More...]

“This Is My Story, This Is My Song”: A Hymn Becomes a Hit on Broadway

From this morning’s New York Times: Not long after the curtain rises on the second act of “The Trip to Bountiful,” the Broadway revival of the Horton Foote play at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, something unusual happens.Cicely Tyson, as Mrs. Carrie Watts, sits on a bus station bench in a small Texas town. She is on the [Read More...]

Behold, the Clergy Blouse

I stumbled on this website via a friend’s Facebook page: clergy apparel for women. Nice. But I just can’t shake the image of Jerry Seinfeld and the infamous Puffy Shirt episode.  [Read more...]

Ordination Update: New Deacons in Peoria

Four transitional deacons and one new permanent deacon were ordained by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky last Sunday. From the Diocese of Peoria Facebook page: pictured here with Bishop Jenky after the Mass for the Ordination of Deacons at Holy Trinity Church in Bloomington are, from left, Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general; Deacon James Brewer; Deacon [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Prayer Works Wonders, But We Have to Believe!”

Highlights from the pope’s homily for Monday: Courageous, humble and strong prayer can accomplish miracles: this was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope was commenting on Monday’s Gospel passage which recounts the disciples failure to heal a child; Jesus himself must intervene and laments the disbelief of those present. [Read More...]

Come, Holy Spirit: Pope Releases Doves Presented to Him by Pilgrims

Details: Two doves celebrated their freedom with a soaring flight over St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, all thanks to Pope Francis. As Francis toured the square in his open-topped popemobile at his weekly public audience, someone in the crowd thrust a white bird cage with two doves inside at him. Looking puzzled, his security detail [Read More...]

Plans approved for first mixed Catholic and Protestant school campus in Northern Ireland

Not so long ago, this idea would have been unthinkable: Northern Ireland’s first shared education campus for Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren has been granted planning approval. Up to six schools with 3,700 pupils are expected to be based at a former Army barracks in Omagh, Co Tyrone, Stormont’s power-sharing government revealed today. The relic of [Read More...]


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