Pope Francis: “It hurts my heart when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model of car”

That and much more, from his impromptu remarks today to seminarians and novices:  Pope Francis on Saturday evening told future nuns and priests and consecrated laypeople to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, as he said: “There is no sadness in holiness”. Speaking to participants in a four-day international event for Seminarians, Novices and [Read More…]

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Homily for July 7, 2013: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] If you’re still feeling drowsy this Sunday morning, here’s something to wake you up. Last year, the world got a lot richer. According to the World Wealth Report, released just two weeks ago, the combined wealth of the world’s richest people climbed 10 percent … to a grand total of 46.2 [Read More…]

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Behold the Face of a Martyr

Details: A Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s Northern Sinai has been shot dead, in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi. The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish. The shooting in the coastal city [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “Don’t Be Afraid of Newness!”

From today’s homily:  In his Mass on Saturday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said being Christian “does not mean doing things, but allowing oneself to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.” The Pope emphasised that even in the life of the Church there are “ancient structures” to be renewed without fear. “New [Read More…]

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“What Kind of Parent Forgets a Baby?”: The Tragedy of Children Killed by Heat

From the Washington Post:  An 8-month-old boy died Friday after he was apparently left in his mother’s car while she was at work, Alexandria police said. The exact cause of the child’s death was not immediately known, but the temperature reached 90 degrees at Reagan National Airport. Typically, temperatures inside cars with closed windows rise [Read More…]

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The Women Deacons of the Armenian Church

Hours after this story broke, about the head of the CDF’s remarks on women deacons, the item below popped up in my Google newsfeed. I think it opens a window to a part of the Christian world many of us in the Latin church don’t know about. The story recounts a talk given last month [Read More…]

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Meet the Muslims Keeping the Peace at Christianity’s Holiest Site

Who knew? Details:  If you follow the boisterous groups of cross bearers and prayer-humming nuns who weave through the narrow streets of Jerusalem’s Old City, you’ll eventually end up in a rare clearing that holds one of Christianity’s holiest buildings: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Orthodox and Catholic Christians consider the complex to be [Read More…]

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Is the Hulk Catholic?

The Vatican’s newspaper thinks so: The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano on Friday devoted a full page looking at the Catholic identity of popular comic book superheroes while questioning the religious affiliation of some of the most popular like Superman and Batman. The story was published as the latest Superman film Man of Steel this week [Read More…]

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In Rare Move, Pope Waives Second Miracle for John XXIII Canonization—UPDATED

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of Blessed John XXIII. And for the first time in nearly 60 years, not one but two popes are about to become saints. From Vatican Radio:  Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised [Read More…]

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Müller: No Need for Non-Sacramental Women Deacons

Via Fr. Z:  The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has questioned the notion that a special office could be created for women deacons. Archbishop Gerhard Müller said that in order to create a specific, non-sacramental office for women deacons, it would be necessary to prove that such an office [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Releases “Light of Faith,” First Encyclical

Reaction and analysis is pouring in. From John Allen:  In what Pope Francis has referred to as a document written by “four hands,” meaning his and those of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, the new pope’s first encyclical insists that Christian faith “must be professed in all its purity and integrity,” but also strikes a  pose of open arms [Read More…]

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Religion in America in 1776

An interesting look back:  When the Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 4, 1776, religious practice in the 13 colonies of the United States was colorful and varied. The quest for independence — as well as loyalist resistance to the cause — permeated church life and teachings across denominational lines. Patriots argued that their [Read More…]

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Great Moments in Journalism: MSNBC Host Wants to Create a Manual on How the Vagina Works

From yesterrday’s edition of “Morning Joe” comes this roundtable on the abortion situation in Texas.  Guest host Thomas Roberts has in exchange with Nicole Wallace wherein they discuss Wendy Davis.  Snip:  THOMAS ROBERTS: But wasn’t she standing up for femaleness in general and women’s reproductive rights? It’s interesting to see Kathleen Parker and people like [Read More…]

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Thank you, George and Mary Kandra

 George and Mary Kandra, my grandparents, with their daughter, Anne, in the backyard of the their home in Taylor, Pennsylvania. Date unknown. A long time ago you came to this country in the bottom of a boat, from a far-flung corner of Slovakia. I never knew much more than that; your home town, I think, [Read More…]

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Best Dog Food Commercial Ever

Well, those are four words I never thought I’d put in a headline.  But then I saw the ad here from the good people at Beneful. For cuteness, this goes off the scales. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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Pope’s First Trip Outside Rome: “Anything But Casual”

If you’re wondering about the Holy Father’s first planned trip outside of Rome next week, John Allen puts it in context:  For Europeans, especially Italians, the southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa has become what the deserts along the Mexican/U.S. border have long been for Americans — the scene of appalling humanitarian tragedies as desperate migrants [Read More…]

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Priests and Deacons: Try This in the Pulpit Sunday and Let Me Know What Happens

This is a minister by the name of Jim Standridge preaching at Immanuel Baptist Church in  Skiatook, OK. Details:  During the sermon, preacher Jim Standridge, 76, of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook, Okla., begins by calling out a congregant for falling asleep. Shortly afterward, he singles out another man nearby, asking him, “Where have you been?” and following [Read More…]

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St. Thomas on Facebook

This is clever, marking today’s Feast of St. Thomas, from Catholic Memes:    [Read more…]

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