Divine Mercy: trust in the original iron man

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Austin to ordain 11 deacons—including a former congressman—UPDATED

Is this a first?  I could be wrong, but I’m not aware of any other former U.S. congresmen ordained to the diaconate. Details:  Bishop Joe Vásquez will ordain 11 men to the permanent diaconate April 13 at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park. Permanent deacons serve the church in the three-fold ministry of word, [Read More...]

All are welcome: public funeral for Roger Ebert at Chicago cathedral

Details: Funeral services for legendary movie critic Roger Ebert have been set for Monday. The service is scheduled at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. State St., a church official confirmed. The program starts at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public, but seats will be first-come, first-served, a publicist for Ebert’s family said [Read More...]

Why doesn’t the pope sing? Here’s an answer.

From CNS:  Previously, [Vatican spokesman] Father [Federico] Lombardi dispelled rumors that the 76-year-old pope’s singing capacity or current state of health was impaired by an operation he had when he was 21 in which the upper half of his right lung was removed after cysts caused a severe lung infection. More recently, Father Lombardi said [Read More...]

The new pope is getting to me

A few people have commented on it, and I’ve noticed it, too: the new pope is getting to me.  And in a good way. Something is happening.  A man in my parish took communion to a homebound woman a few days ago, and all she could talk about was the new pope.  “She told me [Read More...]

Was this the key to Bergoglio’s election as pope?

A Cuban cardinal has shared Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s intervention during the pre-conclave General Congregation meetings: Cuba’s Catholic primate, Jaime Ortega, made public in Havana a manuscript with remarks made by Jorge Bergoglio about the mission of the church in a session before the conclave that elected him pope. The manuscript was presented “exclusively” to Cardinal [Read More...]

Vatican releases official photograph of Pope Francis

From the Vatican news site Facebook page: Dear friends, we show you the official photo of Pope Francis, with his signature. In the crucifix is the image of Jesus the “good shepherd”, carrying the sheep on his shoulders, with the flock following him. N.B.: no mozzetta, no stole, no gold. [Read more...]

Report: Francis and Bartholomew may travel to Holy Land together

Details: The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Paul VI, the pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. During their private meeting, Bartholomew and Francis explored possible paths towards unity, including theological dialogue, environmental [Read More...]

A great story of Jorge Bergoglio and a poor widow who wanted her children baptized

A revealing anecdote from an interview in 2009 with the man who would become Pope Francis:  Just a few days ago I baptized seven children of a woman on her own, a poor widow, who works as a maid and she had had them from two different men. I met her last year at the [Read More...]

Catholic support for gay marriage growing

That, according to a new poll. From Politico: Among Catholics, 54 percent back same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That’s a jump from December, when Catholic support for same-sex marriage was 49 percent to 43 percent. “Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter A. Brown, [Read More...]