Pope makes surprise visit to refugee camp

Details from CNS:  When Pope Francis walked through the gate surrounding a group of shacks and very humble homes, it took a while for people to notice. In fact, when a couple of people looked out their doors, the pope’s chief security guard motioned them to come over.“Papa Francisco!” someone shouted in Spanish, and then [Read More...]

The speakin’ deacon: thanks to divine Providence

Spent a wonderful 24 hours in scenic, snowy Providence, Rhode Island Friday and Saturday, speaking to the convocation of deacons at the elegant Radisson Hotel at the airport. About 100 deacons and their wives attended to hear my talk on “Evangelization in the Digital Age.” I received a gracious welcome from Deacon James Walsh and his crew. [Read More...]

Archdiocese of San Francisco issues “clarifying” statements for high school faculty on sex

Details: The conservative Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has developed a new document for Catholic high school faculty and staff clarifying that sex outside of marriage, homosexual relations, the viewing of pornography and masturbation are “gravely evil.” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s document applies to faculty and staff at four Catholic high schools: Riordan and Sacred [Read More...]

For Candlemas: “Let there be light”

View image | gettyimages.com From my homily for The Presentation of the Lord in 2014:  This is a moment for cherishing once more the greatest gift that arrived 40 days ago on Christmas. The gift of our salvation. The gift of Christ. The gift of light. The holy and aged Simeon in today’s gospel said [Read More...]

A glimpse at the “hip hop Mass”

The photo above is now making the rounds on Facebook. It appears to come from an Episcopal liturgy that first became popular in the United States about a decade ago. Check out this article on the hip hop Mass from 2004:  It’s a religious form of hip hop which includes the publication of a hip hop [Read More...]

Stunning pro-life witness: “In choosing life, we chose sorrow. But we also chose joy.”

Treasa and George Matysek rest their hands on their unborn baby, Georgie, when he was still in his mother’s womb. (Courtesy Matysek family / Catholic Review) This comes from my friend George Matysek in the Catholic Review of Baltimore. If you read only one pro-life story this day, this should be it. Pass it on. [Read More...]

In new interview, Archbishop Gänswein discusses Pope Francis, the Curia and the media

From blogger Mark de Vries (h/t to Diane Korzeniewski) An interesting interview in Christ & Welt, a weekly supplement to Die Zeit in Germany, with Archbishop Georg Gänswein yesterday. It sheds some interesting lights on recent developments in the Vatican, such as Pope Francis’ Christmas talk to the Curia, the Pope’s relationship with the media, the [Read More...]

Fr. Roger Landry of Fall River headed to U.N.

From The Fall River Herald:  The Rev. Roger Landry, a Fall River Catholic priest and pastor of St. Bernadette Church in the Flint, will soon be leaving parish life for a high-profile assignment at the United Nations. On March 3, Landry, 44, will begin working for the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. [Read More...]

Be not afraid: Why Duke was wrong about the Muslim prayer call

From The Anchoress: Fear is always what demands silence of others. In our neighborhood the carillons of Catholic parishes have been effectively “silenced” — their calls to prayer literally cannot be heard beyond the church grounds — because a neighbor found the lovely bells of the Angelus to be an “arrogant” intrusion upon his own [Read More...]

CNA: Proposed dates, details of pope’s trip to U.S. in September

Catholic News Agency has the exclusive:  Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities.“He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full [Read More...]