Ramadan isn’t Lent —and a few other things you should know

My colleague at CNEWA, Fr. Elias Mallon, last year wrote a superb essay on how Muslims observe Ramadan. (Among other things, his piece was honored last month with a Catholic Press Association Award).  We’ve excerpted part of it over at CNEWA’s award-winning blog, “One-to-One”, in honor of the start of the holy season.   In [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Aurora edition

A man arrives at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO, Friday 20 July 2012.  Photo by Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post.  Read the latest. I know many prayers are being said for all who have been touched by this tragedy, and I can only add my own to the list, in the quiet hope that [Read More...]

A sister writes: “Statements in the CDF document strike me as inaccurate, misleading, and unfair…”

I confess that I’m not a regular reader of Commonweal, but a reader sent this my way and it seems to me a worthwhile addition to the conversation: an essay by a sister explaining, in her view, what the CDF has gotten wrong in its probe into the LCWR: Like many others, I am deeply [Read More...]

Send in the clowns: the annual pilgrimage to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As they have for decades, hundreds of clowns marched in Mexico on Wednesday in honor of their country’s patroness.  Details:  The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and color as hundreds of clowns made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City on Wednesday (July 18) to pay homage [Read More...]

Nun to carry Olympic torch

And she’s pretty remarkable.  Details:  Next Tuesday, 24 July, Sister Mary-Joy Langdon from Acton will carry the Olympic Torch in the Kingston to Ealing leg on Day 67 of the Olympic Torch Relay hoping to keep a number of different flames burning strongly. Sister Mary-Joy is no ordinary nun – if there is such a [Read More...]

Maryland Olympic swimmer: “I always pray before a race”

From CNS:  When teenage swimming sensation Katie Ledecky slices through the water during the 800-meter freestyle race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she may not be able to hear the roaring cheers of adoring fans back home, but she’s convinced they will be with her in spirit. “Everybody has been so great this [Read More...]

From SSPX: “We reaffirm our faith in the Roman Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation…”

From its website:  At the conclusion of the General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X, gathered together at the tomb of its venerated founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and united with its Superior General, the participants, bishops, superiors, and most senior members of the Society elevate to Heaven our heartfelt thanksgiving, grateful for the [Read More...]

Nobody’s prefect

An Olympic torchbearer had the tattoo pictured below emblazoned on her arm.  And it will be there a long, long time.  Read all about it.   [Read more...]

Wheaton College joins Catholic University in suing HHS

Yesterday, an evangelical college joined one of the most prominent Catholic colleges in America in filing suit against HHS.  In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, the presidents of the two schools published an opinion piece explaining why: On Wednesday, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the trustees of Wheaton College joined The Catholic [Read More...]

Meet the superhumans: a powerful ad for the paralympics

“What a piece of work is man,”  Shakespeare wrote.  He didn’t know the half of it.  Check out this remarkable video promoting the paralympics.  It’s moving, humbling, inspiring and just thrilling. [Read more...]

Renewed debate over “proselytizing” at Air Force Academy

Details:  The long-smoldering debate at the U.S. Air Force Academy over the role of religion in cadets’ lives has reignited, just as a new class arrives on campus for basic training. Accusations of improper proselytizing on the Colorado Springs, Colo., campus have been challenged by those who argue that AFA guidelines curtail religious expression. The [Read More...]

Our Sunday Visitor to distribute Vatican newspaper in English

Details, from ZENIT:  Our Sunday Visitor, one of the largest Catholic publishers in North America, has been selected by the Vatican as the exclusive distributor of the English Edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican newspaper. L’Osservatore Romano publishes papal discourses, texts and documents, reports on the events of the Church and Pope Benedict XVI, [Read More...]

Jesus was here

A co-worker forwarded me the above picture, noting: “Jesus strikes again – at Delhaize.” Note: Delhaize is a worldwide grocery store conglomerate that includes Food Lion among others in the Unites States. [Read more...]

Faith moves man to forgive killer of his wife and daughter

The remarkable details from Catholic News Agency:   Arturo Martinez-Sanchez says he had no choice but to forgive the man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing his wife and young daughter in an April 2012 attack that also left him seriously wounded. “I have to forgive him, to go the way of life,” the Las [Read More...]

Meet New York’s oldest working priest, 92-year-old Fr. Gerald Ryan

A tribute to enduring faith and steadfast love, in (of all places) the New York Times:  It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald [Read More...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons in St. Louis

The following email arrived this afternoon, with the above photo: On June 2nd of this year the following men were ordained to the Diaconate in St. Louis by Archbishop Robert Carlson. In attendance was retired Bishop Robert Herman and the director of the Diaconate, Msgr. Michael Witt. The photo attached are the new deacons with the [Read More...]

When a father becomes Father

Some in the church are taking a closer look at the married priesthood, with one married priest about to release a book on the subject. From the August issue of U.S. Catholic: Father Donald Paul Sullins, a married priest and sociologist at Catholic University of America in Washington, has researched the reactions of American Catholics [Read More...]

Minor league: atheists sponsor baseball game in St. Paul

Really.  You can see the  billboard for the event below. From the Washington Post: For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group.Dubbed “A Night of Unbelievable Fun,” the Aug. 10 game against the [Read More...]


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