In Connecticut, an interfaith celebration of Ramadan

Photo: Keila Torres Ocasio This will certainly be of interest to Bridgeport’s new bishop.  Details:  It was like those cartoon moments when a light bulb appears to symbolize the spark of a new idea. A staffer at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, accepting the synagogue’s correspondence from a mail carrier, asked the man if he wanted water. [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 11 new deacons for Evansville

A priest reader dropped me the following note: I know you often like to report deacon ordinations.  Today, Bishop Charles Thompson ordained 11 men for the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana.  They are good and holy men. Peace! A visit to the diocese’s web page revealed the Twitter feed for the newspaper, The Message, and these [Read More…]

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Dress up for Mass?! Absurd.

Well, looking around the pews on any given Sunday, I get the impression that’s what some people seem to think. I wrote about that a couple years ago. Now a blog dubbed The Catholic Gentleman has taken up the cause. The author offers some advice:  While I think every man should dress up for mass, [Read More…]

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Meet a nun with a black belt—and it’s not a rosary

Photo: by Desmond Lim I’m glad we didn’t have nuns like this when I was growing up. I never would have made it past third grade. Details: When Sister Linda Sim was growing up, all she wanted to do was serve the nation. In the 1970s, she applied to the Singapore Armed Forces to be [Read More…]

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The problem of instant canonizations at Catholic funerals

This is a common problem in the preaching at Catholic funerals, and something every priest and deacon should be wary of. This writer nails it: Laura’s funeral Mass was beautiful—that is, up until the homily. It was then that things took a turn for the weird. After speaking a few words about God’s love, the [Read More…]

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Now standard in every Fiat: an Italian family

Hilarious. Just watch the video below. Backseat Italians – watch more funny videos [Read more…]

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Francis’s papacy in just one word

Photo: CNS And it’s: mercy. John Allen explores that theme and posts this singular quote from the pope’s presser on the plane:  “I believe this is the time of mercy. This change of epoch, also because of many problems of the church — such as the example of some priests who aren’t good, also the [Read More…]

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“Words escape us”: Bishop, priests and deacons gather for funeral of a deacon’s teenage daughter

From the Pittsburgh Catholic: Emily Rose Jancart, 17, of Moon Township, a June graduate of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School who enrolled in the nursing program at Carlow University, died July 21 following a collision with a car while riding her bicycle. Emily was born in Pittsburgh to Rosemary and Deacon Robert [Read More…]

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Prayers for the Thom Peters—UPDATED

If you’ve been following the Thomas Peters updates on the web or on Facebook, you probably know he was scheduled for surgery this morning. Latest reports indicate it has been postponed because of an infection. Here’s yesterday’s update:  Thomas had another great day yesterday. In the morning he had 1.5 hours of Physical Therapy. His [Read More…]

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Pope Francis to Muslims: “We are called to respect the religion of the other…”

The Vatican has just published Pope Francis’s message to Muslims for the close of Ramadan:  To Muslims throughout the World It gives me great pleasure to greet you as you celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr, so concluding the month of Ramadan, dedicated mainly to fasting, prayer and almsgiving. It is a tradition by now that, on this [Read More…]

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On Pope Francis: “The press decided early on that he is humble, spontaneous, liberal, broad, pro-poor…”

One man’s view of the pope and the press:  The press is lazy. There’s not a great deal of depth or historical context there. Also, the press needs to sell newspapers and click throughs. To do this, it is best to have a narrative. Everything that happens has to fit into the narrative. The narrative begins [Read More…]

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“Err in the direction of kindness”

A few wise words that many of us need to hear these days (well, I know I do!).  They come from acclaimed writer George Saunders. He delivered this commencement speech at Syracuse University a few weeks ago: Here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what [Read More…]

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Before there were dancing bishops, there was THIS

Someone found this video below in a time capsule and shared it with me. From Sydney, Australia in 1986.  (Source of the above image, which is just too adorable for words.)   Enjoy. [Read more…]

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Is Francis too radical for his flock?

That’s the provocative question at the heart of this piece from Foreign Policy:  While the Church still regards homosexual acts as sinful, no previous pope has offered a “who am I to judge?” response to the question of what to do with gay priests. Indeed, under the reign on Francis’s immediate predecessor, Benedict XVI, top [Read More…]

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The “Hail-Mary-moon”?

The headline caught my eye, and the story that follows offers an interesting glimpse into how far some people will go to try and save their marriage. From the New York Times:  It’s a steamy summer day in the middle of vacation season, and the beach, whether on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod or Sanibel Island, [Read More…]

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This looks great: Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty

James Thurber’s classic short story is being remade—Danny Kaye did it years ago—and Ben Stiller is the star and director. Look for it under the tree on Christmas Day. Here’s the trailer.  Ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. [Read more…]

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In Turkey, have they found part of Christ’s cross?

From NBC News:  Turkish archaeologists say they have found a stone chest in a 1,350-year-old church that appears to contain a relic venerated as a piece of Jesus’ cross. The artifacts were unearthed during a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkey’s Sinop Province, and displayed this week by excavation team leader Gülgün Köroğlu. “We have found a [Read More…]

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California Catholic school fires teacher after gay wedding

Details:  A Rancho Cucamonga man who taught 17 years at a Catholic high school was fired from his job days after he married his gay partner in a San Bernardino civil ceremony. While school representatives declined comment on the matter, an attorney representing 45-year-old Ken Bencomo says he was fired because of the same-sex ceremony. [Read More…]

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