Meet the “Hug Lady”

Want a hug? Meet Elizabeth Lord. This is your go-to gal. [Read more...]

Catholic and Orthodox leaders sign appeal for mutual forgiveness

Details:  The heads of Russia’s Orthodox church and Poland’s Catholic church signed an appeal Friday to their nations to forgive each other for past historical wrongs. The signing in Warsaw during the first visit to Poland by Russia’s Patriarch Kirill has been described by the churches as a historical act of reconciliation. The two nations [Read More...]

Catholic group: “Please pray for Paul Ryan to have a change of heart…”

From the Wall Street Journal:  Rep. Paul Ryan has been taking flak from church groups – including the relatively conservative U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the somewhat more liberal group Nuns on the Bus—because his budget could cut money from programs for the poor and elderly. Now a group of fellow Catholics from his home state [Read More...]

Gone with the windfall: Margaret Mitchell heir leaves estate to Archdiocese of Atlanta

This is huge, courtesy the Georgia Bulletin:  The Archdiocese of Atlanta has received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, including a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to “Gone With the Wind.” The estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multi-million dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the [Read More...]

Forbes: six Catholic universities in top 100, Notre Dame ranked highest

From Tony Spence at CNS:  Forbes magazine has issued its annual U.S. college and university rankings. Six Catholic schools made it into the top 100 out of the 650 schools listed this year. The colleges listed in the top 100 are University of Notre Dame,  No. 12; Boston College, No. 26; Georgetown University, No. 38; College [Read More...]

A big move: you can now “Get Religion” at Patheos

More fodder for Great Moments in Journalism!  I’m delighted to share this happy news. Details:  GetReligion is moving. Finally. In the future, GetReligion.org will still get you to the weblog, but if you want to bookmark the most direct cyber-route, here’s the URL that you need: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/ Of course, we’ll also be up and running [Read More...]

“Pregnant man” files for divorce

Well, now, this is different:  The “pregnant man” may soon be a male single mother. Thomas Beatie, a transgender man who bore three children, is filing for divorce from his wife Nancy, WPTV reported. But a judge is questioning whether their marriage was legally valid in the first place. Beatie is hoping it is, even though [Read More...]

Saudis move to ban .catholic web address

Details:  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attempted to block a Vatican bid to create new web addresses ending in .catholic, arguing that it “cannot demonstrate that it possesses a monopoly over the term ‘Catholic’”. The objection is one of more than 160 sent by the Saudis to ICANN, the body in charge of web [Read More...]

Santorum: government is forcing Catholics to sin

He made the remarks while stumping for Mitt Romney in Ohio:  Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is “directly assaulting” religious freedom and that his administration has implemented policies that force Catholics to abandon their faith. “We have a president who, for the first time in American history, is directly [Read More...]

Bible belonging to Elvis goes on the auction block

I suspect it’s The King’s King James version, don’t you? Details from the BBC: A bible which once belonged to Elvis Presley is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it is auctioned in Greater Manchester next month. The book was given to the legendary singer by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes for his [Read More...]

Ryan and Biden: a tale of two Catholics

A helpful primer, courtesy Religion News Service via the Washington Post:  For the first time in U.S. history, both sides of the ballot include Roman Catholics: Democrats’ Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans’ newly named vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Ryan, 42, still belongs to the Catholic parish, St. John Vianney in Janesville, Wis., where [Read More...]

When Timothy Dolan danced with the Cosmo queen

How’s this for a picture worth a thousand words? The story behind it: It was Oct. 20, 2010, about eight months after Ms. Brown’s husband of 51 years, David Brown, had died. Ms. Brown, who died on Monday at age 90, had donated $1 million to the Cardinal Hayes foundation, endowing a slew of student scholarships and [Read More...]

“Leaving in sorrow”: breakaway Catholics start new church in North Carolina

As you can tell from the image above, attendance isn’t exactly S.R.O. Details:  Our first reading Saturday comes from the Book of Kings, with an angel nudging an exhausted and distraught Elijah, telling him to get up and leave. The Rev. Tom Sanford and his congregation have done just that. Sanford left the Catholic priesthood [Read More...]

Hope: here’s a place where Catholic schools are booming

Welcome to Houston.  Details:  Little by little, Allison Cogburn embroidered her classroom walls with bold, bright letters in shocks of red, green, blue and yellow, with posters reiterating punctuation rules and parts of speech. On a shelf by the windows, rows of books beckoned, a reminder of the learning to come. On a table near the door, [Read More...]

Homily for August 15, 2012: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

[Click here for readings] Last weekend, I was talking with someone in the sacristy and said that that, in my opinion, this is the best time of year to be in New York. The last two weeks of August may be hot, humid, mobbed with tourists. But: during rush hour, you can always get a [Read More...]

Dolan: Why I invited President Obama to the Al Smith Dinner

A keeper from the Cardinal, answering his critics: How can you justify inviting the President? Let me try to explain. For one, an invitation to the Al Smith Dinner is not an award, or the provision of a platform to expound views at odds with the Church. It is an occasion of conversation; it is personal, not partisan. [Read More...]

Paul Ryan surprises a Catholic parish by actually going to Mass—UPDATED

They had to make room for him and some Secret Service agents, too.  Details:  Greeting early morning worshippers at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Chuch in Charlotte on Sunday, Rev. Andre Mangango noticed the strangers with dark glasses and ear phones. Then he realized the reason they were there: A Secret Service contingent escorting Republican Rep. Paul [Read More...]

“Behold, the Mother of God has arrived!”

With tomorrow marking the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the great feasts in the Christian calendar, a writer at L’Osservatore Romano looks at one depiction of this event in iconography: In the Byzantine tradition the first great celebration in the liturgical cycle is the Nativity of the Mother of [Read More...]


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