Incredible: Original Schindler’s List Up for Auction on eBay

Details:  An original copy of Schindler’s list — not the movie, but the actual list of Jewish refugees that German businessman Oskar Schindler is credited with saving from the Nazis — will be available on eBay Friday evening, the New York Post reports. The document, which is 14 pages long and contains the names of the [Read More…]

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Woman Leaves $60 Million to Legionaries of Christ

And now the court battles are beginning. Details:  Lawyers contesting the will of a widow who gave some $60 million to a secretive and disgraced Roman Catholic religious order are trying again to have their case heard, filing court papers in an attempt allow the woman’s niece to sue. The papers, filed Wednesday with the [Read More…]

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The Father Who’s a Father: Meet the Priest Behind This Iconic Picture

The snapshot here went viral shortly after it was published, showing the diaconate ordination of former Anglican priest Patrick Allen, accompanied by his young son. Now Patrick Allen is a Catholic Father — in every sense — and here’s the rest of the story: It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry [Read More…]

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Pope Makes the Cover of TIME—But Not in the U.S.

Details: First the Italian edition of Vanity Fair and now Time magazine. Time has dedicated the front cover of its 29 July issue to “The People’s Pope”. But only the front covers of  the European, Asian and South American editions. The U.S. edition has dedicated its front cover to the Trayvon Martin case … The [Read More…]

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Panel to Explore ““Children’s Privacy Rights Against Their Parents”

This flitted by on my Twitter feed, and really gave me pause, from the Association of American Law Schools:  The AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy invites papers for its program on “Children’s Privacy Rights Against their Parents” for the Annual Meeting, to be held on January 2-5, 2014. Topic Description: Electronic surveillance technology and [Read More…]

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Homily for July 21, 2013: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  [Click here for readings.] I’m not scheduled to preach this weekend, but here’s a homily adapted from one I delivered three years ago. The original version was preached to a gathering of deacons in Ohio and focused on the notion of the deacon as servant—how we are too often Martha, not Mary. Three summers [Read More…]

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Missouri Monastery to Become a Home for Expectant Mothers

Details:  A former monastery for Catholic nuns is preparing for new life.  It will now become home to Life House Crisis Maternity Home, which has partnered with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. For more than forty years, it was a quiet place of prayer.  “They were here praying, praying for all of us in southern [Read More…]

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Fire in Chapel at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland—UPDATED

Details:  Fire crews were battling a blaze Friday night at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, according to college spokesman Christian Kendzierski. The fire, which was first reported at 8:41 p.m., had not been extinguished at 9:30 p.m., according to Brian Easterday, the manager of communications at the [Read More…]

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New Website Offers Updates on Thomas Peters

I knew this was in the works, and my blog neighbor Lisa Hendey got the scoop: You can now follow Thomas Peters’ recovery at a new website that just launched this afternoon. First entry: The halo has been installed but we are in one of the waiting rooms waiting to be allowed to go back in. [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Judge Exempts Hobby Lobby from HHS Mandate

Details:  A federal judge is temporarily exempting Hobby Lobby Inc. from a provision in the new federal health care law that requires it to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar birth control or face steep fines. After hearing brief arguments Friday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a preliminary injunction for the Oklahoma arts and crafts chain. [Read More…]

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A Prayer for Mental Health

The following e-mail arrived today from a priest: Hello Deacon Greg. We do not know each other, but I stumbled upon your website today. I am asking, please, that you pray for me and give my name to others who have a ministry of prayer. I am a 51-year-old priest and have terrible terrible mental [Read More…]

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VIDEO: Bride Tosses Bouquet from Human Slingshot

You can’t make this stuff up. Just watch. [Read more…]

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Thomas Peters Update: “Docs Are Optimistic”

From his father this morning: It looks like no surgery, and Thom will go straight to a fixed halo. Docs are optimistic that pressure on spinal cord will reduce on its own. Lungs almost back to normal, so probably will start weaning from breathing tube today. That’s esp. good news, as Thomas cannot talk with tubing [Read More…]

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“The Craziest Priest in Italy” Performs During Wedding Ceremony

Well, the Anglicans have their musical quirks—and so, it seems, do we Catholics. From HuffPo:  The Rev. Bruno Maggioni is making a name for himself in Italy, but it’s not for his rousing sermons. Maggioni has begun to garner quite the following for his wedding theatrics, singing and dancing his way through ceremonies in the Italian town [Read More…]

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“Please Continue Your Prayers for Thom…”—UPDATED

At about 10 a.m. ET, Ed Peters posted the following on his Facebook page, with a brief update on his son, Thomas Peters:  Please continue your prayers for Thom. Docs are assessing range of motion issues today and need to decide about treating his neck injury. His temperature is returning to normal and his lungs [Read More…]

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A New Deacon’s Ordination Impressions: “This Time, I Was the One Wearing the White Dress…”

The Catholic Messenger this week has write-ups about the 14 newly ordained deacons in the Diocese of Davenport. There’s full coverage of the ordination itself — and reflections from the new deacons, including this from Deacon Bob Glaser: “I had two siblings and two in-laws in their 80s. I was worried about them getting here. [Read More…]

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A Remarkable Meeting with Pope Francis

Robert Moynihan describes a “joyful encounter” in the Domus Santa Marta: This morning, as the hot July sun was just beginning to rise over Rome, something extraordinary happened. Wearing a bicycle helmet and black-and-purple bicycle gloves, a black-haired young man from Porto Alegre, Brazil — the country where the Pope will meet next week with [Read More…]

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Got Any Spare Change?

Watch what happens when people ask this guy for money. [Read more…]

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