St. Kateri at my church

As I mentioned in my homily this morning, St. Kateri is featured in my parish’s reredos.  Here are a couple pictures I took today to illustrate.  The sacristan is lighting the candles by the image of St. Boniface. Kateri is located in the upper right corner of the Boniface image. [Read more…]

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Video: Pope names seven new saints

From Rome Reports comes this concise video, which gives some of the color and flavor of today’s canonizations. [Read more…]

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Pope’s homily at today’s canonizations: “These seven generous disciples of Christ…”

Complete text, via Vatican News: The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (cf. Mk 10:45) Dear Brother Bishops,Dear brothers and sisters! Today the Church listens again to these words of Jesus, spoken by the Lord during his journey to Jerusalem, where he was to accomplish [Read More…]

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Ireland opens first abortion clinic

Details: The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in downtown Belfast, unleashing angry protests on the street and uniting Catholic and Protestant politicians in calls to investigate the new facility. The clinic, run by the British family planning charity Marie Stopes, will be permitted to provide abortions only in exceptional circumstances [Read More…]

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UPDATE: Last Catholic hospital in Phoenix NOT stripped of its status

 Earlier reports were incorrect. UPDATE: The diocese today released a statement: Contrary to reports in the media, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center has not been stripped of its Catholic status. The hospital is in the process of renewing its status and ensuring its compliance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. This [Read More…]

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Owed to joy: check out this thrilling symphony flash mob

Just when you thought this contrivance had been done to death, somebody finds a new and delightful way to bring a little joy into everyday life. This first popped up on YouTube last summer, but since we have a while into the Hallelujah! flash mobs start up again, let’s indulge ourselves, shall we? This comes [Read More…]

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What does “Catholic” really mean?

This piece by Franciscan friar and blogger Daniel Horan, OFM (“Dating God”) offers some answers that may surprise people: In 1990 the now-late Jesuit scholar of English literature and philosophy, Walter Ong, S.J., wrote an essay for America magazine that responded to the perennial question for educators in Catholic institutions of higher education: How does [Read More…]

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Homily for October 21, 2012: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As most of you know, today the Holy Father formally declared a number of new saints, including two from New York, Mother Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha. I think it is a special and unexpected grace that Kateri was declared a saint during our parish centennial.  She is literally a part of this church. If [Read More…]

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Cardinal Dolan: “God bless the ‘uns’!”

From his stellar remarks last night at the Al Smith Dinner: Here we are: in an atmosphere of civility and humor, hosted by a Church which claims that “joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence;” men and women; young and old; of every ethnic and racial background; Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Catholics, Christians, Jews, [Read More…]

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Hollywood developing movie about Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Details:  Variety reports that Win Win director Tom McCarthy is directing an untitled drama about the reporters at the Boston Globe who uncovered the original conspiracy to keep these deeds quiet. Not exactly lighthearted material to help close out the week, but since it’s the “story behind the story” that’s being put in the spotlight here, it should be more [Read More…]

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“I believe in miracles, I just never thought I’d be one…”

What does it take to become a saint?  The video below from CNS offers some answers. It features interviews with the two people whose healings were recognized as the miracles needed for the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Marianne Cope. Take a look. [Read more…]

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“Pentecost is alive!”

Every now and then, when folks hear where I work, they go…”Huh?” We like to say that  Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is one of the best-kept secrets of the Catholic Church. Well, to try and spread the word, this year we’ve produced our first-ever online multimedia Annual Report, packed with information, photos and [Read More…]

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“Forever”

Elizabeth Scalia, astonishing as ever, finds a spark of the divine in the most surprising places—even on a postage stamp:  At the absolute baseline of the life of faith we are asked a question: do you trust me? We are creatures who, since Eden, have willfully embraced the illusion that we are in control of everything, when in [Read More…]

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Video: Cardinal Dolan’s speech at the Al Smith Dinner

Happily, someone was able to isolate the Cardinal’s remarks and posted this clip this morning on YouTube. I imagine a text will be posted later on his blog. This was a fitting and inspiring end to the evening, and deserves wider circulation.  Take a look. [Read more…]

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Romney and Obama at the Al Smith Dinner

Here they are, below, for those who missed it. It hasn’t popped up on YouTube yet, but if you go to this C-Span link and skip ahead to about the 26-minute mark, you’ll catch Cardinal Dolan’s great closing comments and benediction. [Read more…]

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Ordination update: 9 new deacons in Detroit

From Michigan Catholic: Archbishop Allen Vigneron told the 2012 ordination class of permanent deacons that they were being consecrated particularly to the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. “The ordinary minister of the Gospel (at Mass) is the deacon,” the archbishop said in his homily at the Oct. 6 ordination. And he bade the [Read More…]

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There goes the printed word—or, at least, the printed page

As someone who makes his living in a world populated by paper, ink and staples, I found the Newsweek news both significant and unsurprising.  The death of the print edition was considered inevitable; it wasn’t a question of if, but when.   Now, people are dissecting the cadaver. Jeremy Lott notes:  With today’s news that Newsweek will [Read More…]

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If you do nothing else online today…

Bookmark this page.  That’s the Year of Faith page for Patheos, and it can drive you nuts trying to find it in the dense and challenging mountain of Patheos columns, blogs, resources, videos, essays and ads.  But once you have found it, it’s a veritable treasure trove.  There’s gold in them thar hills! Elizabeth Scalia [Read More…]

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