Out the shadows: a mesmerizing piece of performance art you have to see to believe

Behold, some jaw-dropping and mind-bending performance art.  This popped up last month on “Britain’s Got Talent,” the same show that launched Susan Boyle. It’s called “Attraction,” performed by the Shadow Theater Group. Watch and be amazed. [Read more…]

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Massachusetts bishop arrested, charged with drunken driving

Details:  Bishop Robert J. McManus, head of the Diocese of Worcester, was arrested for driving under the influence this weekend after police stopped him in Narragansett, R.I., police said. McManus was arrested at 10:32 p.m. Saturday on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing a chemical test, Narragansett Police Captain [Read More…]

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Watch this: the remarkable billboard that contains a hidden message for abused children

Details:  In an effort to provide abused children with a safe way to reach out for help, a Spanish organization called the Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation, or ANAR for short, created an ad that displays a different message for adults and children at the same time. The secret behind the ad’s wizardry is [Read More…]

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Man spends four years writing out the Bible by hand

Wow:  A man in upstate New York has just about finished a task that was common enough until the invention of the printing press: Over the past four years, he has copied the King James Bible by hand, the Associated Press reports. Phillip Patterson, a 63-year-old resident of Philmont, N.Y., a town near the Massachusetts border, may [Read More…]

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“This is not the way the church should function”

A rather startling revelation yesterday from the upper reaches of the Vatican: The Vatican decision last year to place the main representative group of U.S. Catholic sisters under the control of bishops was made without consultation or knowledge of the Vatican office that normally deals with matters of religious life, the office’s leader said Sunday. [Read More…]

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Great moments in decisive leadership: Chris Christie, spider man

Wherein the governor of New Jersey smacks down a spider, and is applauded by everyone except PETA: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has received flack in the past for delivering his smackdowns. But the political figure received some heat from PETA this weekend for laying a palm-faced smackdown on an itsy-bitsy spider before a group [Read More…]

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To life: Publix salutes moms—and the unborn

Below, a Mother’s Day ad from Publix supermarkets that carries not only a great message for mothers, but a great message for life.  Read about it here.  But  watch it below. [Read more…]

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Stabbing update: New Mexico parish forgives attacker, starts fund for victims

Remember this story?  Here’s more:  Members of a Catholic church where three people were stabbed during Mass a week ago launched an effort on Sunday to raise money for victims hurt in the attack. The start of the campaign came as Sunday services resumed at St. Jude Thaddeus Church. Parishioners were also collecting cards and [Read More…]

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One killed, 44 injured in Catholic church bombing

It happened in Tanzania:  A woman died and 44 people were seriously wounded when a bomb exploded in a Roman Catholic church in northern Tanzania, a Tanzanian police official said Sunday The woman died in hospital as a result of the bombing in the Arusha church just before Mass, which was attended by the papal [Read More…]

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Fugee fallout: Trenton pastor, lay ministers resign

From the Diocese of Trenton website: Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has accepted the resignation of Father Thomas J. Triggs as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, effective immediately. The May 4 resignation follows recent reports that Father Michael Fugee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, had assisted in several activities of the [Read More…]

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Gratitude: homeless man collects money for Catholic charity that fed him

What a story:  An elderly homeless man who has relied on the kindness of strangers to survive recently paid it forward. Ed Denst, 77, donated $250, all in $1 bills, to the Catholic charity the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles. “I was shocked,” board president Claire Padama told CBS LA. [Read More…]

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One reason why Heather King is my hero

For thoughts like this:  I don’t read most Catholic blogs for the same reason I don’t watch TV: because I find a culture of carping, snitching, and gossip inherently un-Christlike. As you know, I don’t tend to weigh in on Church scandals (partly because I usually don’t even know of them); global disasters; who, in the [Read More…]

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Educator says Catholic job offer was withdrawn after speculation that he is gay

Details of a surprising discrimination claim, from Wisconsin:  A day after Regis Catholic Schools announced Tim Nelson would not become its next president, he charged that Regis officials pulled the job offer based on speculation he may be gay. Nelson, 48, who was announced April 4 as the choice to lead the local private school [Read More…]

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Homily for May 5, 2013: 6th Sunday of Easter

[Click here for readings.]  In July of 1967, a 24-year-old Navy pilot named Larry Duthie found himself in the last place a Navy pilot wanted to be: on the ground, injured, in the middle of a jungle about 20 miles from Hanoi, waiting to be captured. He had been part of a squad sent to [Read More…]

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Star search: a scientist who grew up without religion prepares for ordination to the priesthood

The unusual vocation story, from The Leaven newspaper of Kansas City: The vocation stories of many priests begin with their families, where they were nurtured in the faith and early on considered that they, too, might stand at the altar someday. Not Deacon Nathan Haverland. “I never thought about being a priest while I was [Read More…]

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Is Pope Francis another John XXIII?

Vatican Insider spoke with Archbishop Loris Capovilla, who was Blessed John XXIII’s secretary. A snip: Francis called you to give you a very special greeting. Do you think he is following in Roncalli’s footsteps? “They have the same passion for people. In his last month on Earth, John XXIII had the outskirts of Rome brimming [Read More…]

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Plans approved for first mixed Catholic and Protestant school campus in Northern Ireland

Not so long ago, this idea would have been unthinkable: Northern Ireland’s first shared education campus for Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren has been granted planning approval. Up to six schools with 3,700 pupils are expected to be based at a former Army barracks in Omagh, Co Tyrone, Stormont’s power-sharing government revealed today. The relic of [Read More…]

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PK: The challenges of being a preacher’s kid

I’m sure there are children of deacons and priests who can relate to this, too. From Religion News Service: The day Franklin Graham was born, he received a telegram. “Welcome to this sin-sick world,” the Western Union message said, “and to the challenge you have to walk in your daddy’s footsteps.” It didn’t take long [Read More…]

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