“God, I’m a dancer! A dancer dances!”

Is he auditioning for “A Chorus Line”? The YouTube description says: “French Provincial Minister Michel Laloux expressed himself in dance during our morning Mass for the Annunciation.” Because, of course, that’s more important than, like, listening to the wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI, who said: It is totally absurd to try to make the liturgy [Read More…]

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Number of priests, permanent deacons worldwide continues to grow

From CNS: The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while the number of men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics. For the second year in a row, the number of candidates for the priesthood also decreased. The numbers come [Read More…]

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Catholic high school requires girls to submit photos of their prom dresses for approval

View image | gettyimages.com From Huffington Post: A controversy over prom dresses has erupted at a Pennsylvania high school following the announcement of a new policy requiring girls to submit photographs of their dresses for pre-approval before the big event. According to the York Daily Record, Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown announced the new [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: Who are you to shut the door of mercy?

From his homily this morning:  Pope Francis has again forcefully emphasized the Catholic church’s need to be merciful, pointedly asking who Christians that do not allow someone to renter the church community think they are. Speaking Tuesday during his daily homily at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis asked bluntly: “Who are you who shuts the door of your [Read More…]

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Ladies and gentlemen, “clergy on the catwalk”

View image | gettyimages.com From a fashion show a couple years back. Seriously?  Yes. Read about it here. The very latest Parish fashions were modelled today by men and women of God who paraded down a clergy catwalk. Five vicars showed off the new designs in ecclesiastical wear, which are made in the different colours [Read More…]

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Must-read: The preacher as “servant to dialogue”

Some rich and compelling ideas on preaching, from Fr. Michael Cummins over at Word on Fire:  For preaching to be effective, the preacher must be in dialogue with Christ and in dialogue with the community of the Church.  The preacher must know Christ and allow himself to be known by Christ fully.  The preacher must [Read More…]

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Vatican: “Threat exists” from ISIS against pope, but “we know of no plan for an attack”

From Crux: While acknowledging that ISIS represents a real threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says security services have no knowledge of a planned attack. “The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues,” said Domenico Giani, inspector general of the [Read More…]

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Deacons witness execution of Catholic inmate in Georgia

From The Georgia Bulletin:  The State of Georgia executed Warren Lee Hill, who had received the sacraments of the Catholic Church while on death row, the evening of Jan. 27. Hill, sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of a fellow inmate, died by lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court denied his application for a [Read More…]

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Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artist Tony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles.  From Vatican Radio:  The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be [Read More…]

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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…]

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