German cardinal: Number of Catholics leaving Church “alarmingly high”

From CNS: A German cardinal warned that the number of Catholics leaving his country’s church is “alarmingly high” and urged an end to “scandals and vexations” involving clergy.“There’s no doubt these figures must make us think. We’ve obviously suffered a loss of trust and credibility which has rarely happened so violently,” Cardinal Karl Lehmann of [Read More...]

WWKD: The heroic choice of Dr. Kent Brantly, Ebola victim

From Michael Daly in The Daily Beast:  The medical evacuation plane reached Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday with a hero from the hot zone who is the equal of any from a combat zone. Among his fellow devout Christians, 33-year-old Dr. Kent Brantly should be honored as someone who [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: “Sharknado” edition

Tonight’s the night. Can you feel the excitement? [Read more...]

Standing ovation: Thomas Peters’ recovery continues

One year after his horrific, life-changing accident, he’s just posted this video: Read all about it, and more, at his blog.  His wife notes: Today we invite you to pray and celebrate with us for all the grace and beauty that has come out of the accident. We are grateful beyond words for the outpouring of love and [Read More...]

Ordination update: 29 new deacons for Nashville

Details: The largest class ever of permanent deacons in the Diocese of Nashville was ordained by Bishop David Choby on Monday, June 9, at St. Henry Church. Twenty-nine men became the newest members of the clergy. “It was a beautiful liturgy,” said new Deacon Mike Rector of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Hendersonville. [Read More...]

Scenes from Sacramento

A reader has helpfully sent along these images from the recent deacon ordination in Sacramento: [Read more...]

A dad’s Sunday psalmody, from “Frozen”

The virus that is the score from “Frozen” has now infected fathers. And it’s hilarious. [Read more...]

“In place of the homily, two leaders from the local mosque were invited to join us in prayer…”

Here’s something I’ve never heard of before, from a question sent to Fr. Edward McNamara of Zenit: Q: During our sacred liturgy on Pentecost Sunday, in place of the homily, two leaders from the local mosque were invited to “join us in prayer in light of the example given by our Holy Father.” The first [Read More...]

“Father Francis stopped by our house!”

That’s the rough translation of the text accompanying this video, showing Pope Francis making an unscheduled stop while traveling through Italy. It popped up on Facebook yesterday and is now sweeping the world. Just watch.   Post by Ivan Vania.   CNS has additional details: Pamela Mauro thought it was unlikely Pope Francis would stop [Read More...]

A deacon speaks: “My wife has been my greatest inspiration and support…”

I’m here in Charlotte for the Catholic Media Conference, and one of the  exciting things you get to do is catch up on newspapers and magazines you don’t normally see. This morning, I got to read a copy of Agua Viva, the magazine for the diocese of Las Cruces. The cover story is all about [Read More...]