Why do you want that new iPad so badly?

There’s evidently a good reason for it: For a certain breed of consumers, the arrival of Apple’s third-generation iPad is an occasion of monomaniacal focus and intense anticipation. Visions of how the shiny new gadget will revolutionize their lives fill their heads. They’re willing to sacrifice hours waiting in line and hard-earned cash that they can [Read More...]

Ethiopians seek cure for AIDS in holy water and drugs

A poignant story of faith, hope and medicine from the Wall Street Journal: Cast out from her family, Tigist arrived at Ethiopia’s Entoto Mountain believing that a spring here welled with holy water that would rid her body of HIV. Joining 4,000 other squatters seeking the same cure, the young woman reluctantly also started taking [Read More...]

A deacon lights “the two lamps” of creativity and prayer

A deacon from Rhode Island, Paul Iacono, dropped me a line several days ago, alerting me to an ongoing project he and his wife have undertaken, called the Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts: The purpose of the Institute is to unite personal prayer, and creativity within the sacred arts, to the new evangelization of the [Read More...]

To my readers, some timely insight on charity

I dropped by the website of St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg, Maryland today — a church that has been very much in the news this week — and found the following note in the weekly “From the Pastor’s Desk” column.  It’s timely, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I’d ask all who visit [Read More...]

Sainthood cause to begin for Boys Town founder Father Flanagan

The Archdiocese of Omaha will start the ball rolling next month to have Father Edward J. Flanagan declared a saint. Details: Flanagan dedicated much of his life to ministering to orphans and troubled youth, and is best remembered for establishing in 1917 the Omaha orphanage Father Flanagan’s Boys Home. The archdiocese will formally open the [Read More...]

Remember, you are smudged

This year’s ashy portrait, courtesy Fr. Antonin: [Read more...]

Arizona to get its first Catholic college

Details: The first Roman Catholic presence in Arizona dates to 1539, when Franciscan priest Marcos de Niza explored the Southwest in his quest for the mythical seven cities of gold. Despite this early visit and the 1692 founding of a Jesuit mission near Tucson, the church’s long history has failed to produce a Catholic university [Read More...]

My bishop’s letter on the HHS ruling

The letter below was read at all the Masses in the Diocese of Brooklyn this weekend. [Read more...]

“God wanted me ordained without her being there…”

As part of her master’s project at Iowa State University, Eloisa Perez-Lozano documented the immigrant experience of three families in Marshalltown, Iowa.  One of those families included Deacon Felix Hernandez, whose wife ended up being deported in a raid shortly before his ordination in 2009. As the National Catholic Reporter tells it: Immigration and Customs [Read More...]

Shock: employee accused of stealing more than $1 million from Archdiocese of New York

Details: The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Monday arrested a Bronx woman who is accused of stealing more than $1 million from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York when she worked in the archdiocese’s finance office, law enforcement officials and church leaders said. The woman, Anita Collins, 67, had been previously convicted of grand [Read More...]


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