The Christmas story, as told by children

This is now causing a sensation on YouTube.  It comes to us from New Zealand.  Take a look. [Read more...]

Indian Catholics express solidarity with “untouchables”

Here’s an issue we in the West don’t hear about very much. Details: Parishes in India celebrated Dalit Liberation Sunday last weekend, with Christians renewing their commitment to those of Dalit origin who still suffer from the traditional practice of untouchability. The annual day is marked on the nearest Sunday to International Human Rights Day, [Read More...]

Jesus in the mall: amazing Eucharistic flash mob in California

Just watch: Seems to me the folks behind this are clearly getting their inspiration from this video, which swept YouTube over the summer, around the feast of Corpus Christi. [Read more...]

Little drummer priest

A priest reader sent this my way: a video from his ordination reception last June, featuring a priest friend whose talents obviously extend beyond pounding the pulpit.  Way to go, daddy-o!   [Read more...]

Everything old is new again: church “recycles” windows, altar

Hot on the heels of this posting on a dramatic church renovation comes news about a new church in Pennsylvania which is reusing old elements from other churches: An $8 million Catholic church being built in Lower Paxton Township has taken recycling to new heights. The new Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church — Romanesque [Read More...]

Shock: number of married couples hits record low

Details, from the Washington Post: The proportion of adults who are married has plunged to record lows as more people decide to live together now and wed later, reflecting decades of evolving attitudes about the role of marriage in society. Just 51 percent of all adults who are 18 and older are married, placing them on [Read More...]

“A group of parishioners hoisted the deacon on their shoulders…”

From Jordan comes this colorful description of a Melkite diaconate ordination, via Msgr. John Kozar of CNEWA, who is on a pastoral visit to the Middle East: We were invited by the archbishop and Abuna Boulos to concelebrate at the ordination liturgy for a subdeacon and deacon. What an honor for Father Guido and myself. [Read More...]

Mary’s pregnancy test

The intentionally provocative image above — without any words — has been posted on a billboard by a church in New Zealand: Vicar Glynn Cardy said: ‘It’s real. Christmas is real. It’s about a real pregnancy, a real mother and a real child. It’s about real anxiety, courage and hope. This billboard portrays Mary, Jesus’ [Read More...]

“Around the world, someone is always saying the Liturgy of the Hours”

You can now pray the office on your computer, on your cell phone, on your iPad — or, the old fashioned way, from a book with colorful silk ribbons.  Catholic San Francisco takes a look at this great prayer of the Church, and why more people are embracing it: Each morning at St. Anthony Church [Read More...]

An incredible church renovation

A commenter at this post about the Crystal Cathedral suggested they hire the architect who did the renovations below to transform the space. In a word: wow. You can see more here. The architect is Duncan G. Stroik. RELATED: Everything old is new again: church “recycles” windows, altar [Read more...]

St. Joseph tweets: “Next stop, Bethlehem!”

An anonymous German man is tweeting the story of the Nativity as “Joseph von Nazareth” (you can follow his journey here). Details: It seems that the micro-blogger’s intention is to provide a light-hearted commentary on the Christmas story from St Joseph’s perspective. Although Joseph von Nazareth (to give him his German name) only began using [Read More...]

“A true miracle”: why the Crystal Cathedral deal was such a bargain

Writer David Gibson takes a closer look at the deal to buy the Crystal Cathedral and suggests that it was more than a deal — it was a steal: Not only did Catholics get a national landmark designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson, but Bishop Tod D. Brown wasn’t even the highest bidder: Schuller [Read More...]

I can’t imagine why this never caught on

Tired of the umpteenth showing of “White Christmas” on AMC?  Well, then, let’s revisit a classic Christmas special that was truly “special”: the “Star Wars Holiday Special” from 1978, which featured Carrie Fisher warbling that memorable holiday carol, “Happy Life Day.”  This show aired only once; while George Lucas wasn’t involved in the production, he [Read More...]

Bishops to undocumented immigrants: “You are not alone”

The message came in a pastoral letter released yesterday, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: “We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses infinite value and dignity,” begins the strongly worded letter released on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12. “We open [Read More...]

The not-ready-for-prime-time Clinton

That would be Chelsea, daughter of Hillary and Bill, who made her debut as a television correspondent last night on NBC, first on the “Nightly News” and later on “Rock Center.” The Anchoress has a pretty thoughtful review over at her joint, with links to other reactions from around the blogosphere.   You can watch [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Well, every Christian is born again. It’s one of those things where you just have a new life, a new approach to your life. It’s not like Scientology where it’s all about me, me, me, I’m going to get better, I’m going to get … It’s all about more dependence on Christ and one-on-one relationship. [Read More...]

Newt Gingrich offers public pledge of fidelity to his wife

Details: When the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader unveiled a sweeping pledge on marriage and abortion over the summer, Newt Gingrich was one of the candidates who passed on signing it. Now, Gingrich has answered the pledge with a lengthy written response, vowing to support a federal marriage amendment, reinstate the Mexico City policy [Read More...]

“Good night, sweet prince”: a lovely video tribute to Cardinal Foley

Anyone who read about the passing of this legendary prelate, and who wondered what all the fuss is about, need only watch this tribute from the folks at Salt + Light in Canada. [Read more...]