“Almighty eternal God, hear the cries of the people of Syria…”

A Prayer for the People of Syria Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. Hear the cries of the people of Syria; bring healing to those suffering from the violence, and comfort to those mourning the dead. Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors [Read More…]

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Schedule published for Saturday’s prayer vigil at the Vatican

People attending a candlelight vigil in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 11, 2012 marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring) From CNS:  Here is a breakdown of what will be happening and when: 5:45 pm (Rome time) — About 50 priests will begin hearing confession in [Read More…]

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Vatican denies reports that pope called gay man in France

Given the pope’s penchant for calling anyone and everyone, I’m surprised there haven’t been more stories like this. Details:  The Vatican firmly denied reports in France on Friday that Pope Francis had telephoned a young gay French Catholic to reassure him. Christophe Trutino had claimed in a newspaper interview the Pontiff had told him “Your [Read More…]

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The best obituary you will ever read

Who wouldn’t want to be remembered like this? A reader sent this my way, and it’s too good not to share. I love it. God bless you, “Pink.” From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Mullaney, Mary A. “Pink” If you’re about to throw away an old pair of pantyhose, stop. Consider: Mary Agnes Mullaney (you probably knew [Read More…]

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VIDEO: Ordination of Brooklyn’s new deacons

Take a look.  You’ll get a glimpse of Your Humble Blogger, and the deacon I helped vest, Jeremy Canna.   Congratulations again, guys! Click here to watch the video.  [Read more…]

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Dolan to Obama on Syria: “Our focus is on saving lives by ending this conflict, not fueling it”

The USCCB president has written a letter to the U.S. president: September 4, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House Washington, DC 20270 Mr. President: As our nation contemplates military action in Syria, we want to assure you and your Administration of our prayers. We know that the situation in Syria is complex and appreciate [Read More…]

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USCCB sets up special web page devoted to Syria

Check it out: “Praying for Peace in Syria.”  This has very good videos and news items, including the latest on the situation in Syria and what Pope Francis and other Church leaders are saying. Pay a visit and check back often.  It’s a helpful resource, and a smart move on the part of the USCCB [Read More…]

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Life in the echo chamber: plugged in, but still disconnected

In the New York Times the other day, Frank Bruni hit on something that’s been bothering me, too: I’m haunted by…how easily a person these days can travel the globe, and travel through life, in a thoroughly customized cocoon. I’m not talking about the chain hotels or chain restaurants that we’ve long had and that [Read More…]

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Just war: what theologians are saying about an attack on Syria

A valuable overview, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Traditionally, moral theologians have argued that to use military force justly, one must have a just cause; the use of force must be the last resort; success must be probable; the means must be proportionate; and the military action must be by a legitimate authority. As the [Read More…]

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A prayer for today—and every day

I needed this. From the Orthodox, via Leah Libresco: “Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst command us to love our enemies, and those who defame and injure us, and to pray for them and forgive them; Who Thyself didst pray for Thine enemies, who crucified thee: grant us, we pray, the spirit of Christian reconciliation and [Read More…]

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in St. Louis may join Episcopal diocese

Photo: by Huy Mach Details from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  It has stood up to three Catholic bishops. It has weathered a decade-long legal storm. It has embraced doctrine far afield from its Roman roots. Now St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is on the verge of aligning with a different denomination entirely, joining forces with the [Read More…]

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In the e-mail: “I’m a father but I’ve never married. Can I become a Catholic priest?”

I got this e-mail this morning from Kampala, Uganda: I am a Ugandan Catholic, aged 30. I am a father to a 6-year-old girl. However, I’ve never married and I am currently single, living a more or less celibate life.  Is it possible for me to become a Catholic priest? Well, as someone once said, [Read More…]

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Great moments in the episcopacy: Cardinal Dolan does the Colbert Report—UPDATED

Here’s Part 1 from last night. I’ll add the second part when they make it available. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive And Part 2: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive [Read more…]

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My review of “EWTN News Nightly”

Tonight, EWTN unveiled one of its most ambitious undertakings ever: a nightly Catholic news program, anchored by Colleen Carroll Campbell.  Dubbed EWTN News Nightly, the title for now appears a misnomer. Seconds into the program, Campbell announced that this was a “preview” of what would at first be a weekly program, but which would then eventually [Read More…]

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Deacons, eh?

A little diaconal news from my neighbors to north in Toronto, Canada, via the Catholic Register:  St. Augustine’s Seminary is not only a training ground for priests but it has been a centre for deacon formation since the permanent diaconate came to Toronto 41 years ago. “It’s been a very good relationship at the seminary [Read More…]

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Bishop warns against rising anti-Christian bigotry in U.S.

From the Washington Times:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki is not the kind of Catholic leader who minces words. The prelate, who presides over the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, warns that anti-Christian bigotry in the U.S. is on the rise and that the media is to blame. In this exclusive interview with the Communities @TheWashingtonTimes, Paprocki shared [Read More…]

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Catholic university cancels appearance by Geraldo Rivera, son of a “lay deacon”

From Politico: Geraldo Rivera has been uninvited to speak at Duquesne University after posting a revealing picture of himself on Twitter, according to a report, in a manner the radio and television personality called “incredibly rude” to POLITICO. Rivera had been scheduled to appear in October on a panel at the school in Pittsburgh on [Read More…]

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Cardinal Bertone lashes out at “crows and vipers” in the Vatican

Details:  The Italian prelate who was Pope Benedict’s righthand man in theVatican during his scandal-dogged papacy has defended his much-criticised record, insisting he “gave everything” to the job despite the activities of “vipers” in the Roman curia. Speaking a day after Pope Francis named a Vatican diplomat as his new secretary of state, Tarcisio Bertone appeared defiant as [Read More…]

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