Worth a thousand words: the pope’s silent pro-life statement in Korea

Details:  Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion, arguing that the church’s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he’d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a [Read More...]

The magic behind Robin Williams’ ingenious Genie

While the world grieves the loss of Robin Williams, it’s worth taking one more look at a singular performance, his voice role as the Genie in Disney’s blockbuster “Aladdin.” Wikipedia describes how it came to be—and almost didn’t: [The directors] wrote the part of the Genie for Williams, and, when met with resistance, created a reel of [Read More...]

US bishops ask parishes to pray for Iraq on August 17

This release just arrived in my in box:  The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the next anchor of the CBS Evening News

This kid is a natural. Read more. But just watch. He likes the fair. Apparently. [Read more...]

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...]