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...]

“It’s time to stop the craziness”: Brooklyn priest to hold Month’s Mind Mass for slain police officers

From The New York Daily News: Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, will say a special Month’s Mind Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday to mark the one-month anniversary of the assassinations of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. “It will be a month on Tuesday, but the Month’s Mind [Read More...]

Reversal: Citing “serious and credible” security threat, Duke cancels Muslim call to prayer

It made big news this week, and now it’s not going to happen: Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and [Read More...]

Pope in Sri Lanka: “Mary forgave her son’s killers at the foot of his cross…”

Photo: from Vatican Radio / Facebook From Catholic News Agency: At a Marian shine during his three-day trip to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis touched on the country’s brutal decades-long civil war and pointed to the Mother of God as the ultimate witness of forgiveness. “In this difficult effort to forgive and find peace, Mary is [Read More...]

In praise of altar girls—UPDATED

As you may have heard, Cardinal Raymond Burke is not a fan of female altar servers:  It seems clear that many men are not being drawn into a deeper liturgical spirituality; today, many men are not being drawn to service at the altar. Young men and men respond to rigor and precision and excellence. When [Read More...]

A deacon writes about his LGBT son

I can’t recall reading anything by a member of Catholic clergy on this particular subject that is this personal. In the blog of New Ways Ministry, Deacon Ray Dever describes his son coming out, and what followed: Our journey has probably not been very different than the journey of any family with an LGBTQ child. [Read More...]

In Santa Fe, “native spirituality and Catholic faith walk hand in hand”

Details from CNS:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has placed new emphasis on reaching out to Pueblo communities, continuing evangelization efforts while upholding a traditional Indian way of life that is unique to New Mexico. “We are renewing our connection with the pueblos,” Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan told visitors with the Bureau of Catholic Indian [Read More...]

Let there be Christmas lights!

While visiting family in Maryland for the holidays, we decided to stop by a place that’s gotten a lot of attention in the local media: the Kentlands Christmas Lights in Gaithersburg. From  If you happen to be out for a drive in Gaithersburg, be sure to stop at this home where Mike Draghici has programmed [Read More...]