Catholic Church donates to repair National Cathedral

This “national church” commands the highest point in Washington and remains a significant spiritual and historical landmark — and so the Archdiocese of Washington is pitching in to help repair some of the damage from last month’s earthquake: The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral, which sustained [Read More...]

Just what the world has been waiting for: the 9/11 coloring book

For those who thought the 9/11 memorial wine wasn’t quite tacky enough…now this. Details: To the American people and all others who may read this child’s coloring book, We Shall Never Forget is designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11. This book also describes [Read More...]

A prayer at summer's end

Why, Lord, must the good days come to an end? Why are memories not enough? Why is the fall-filtered beauty of light and leaves not enough today to help me let go summer’s warmth and pace and peace? Of seasons there are four, they say, but yet a hundred seasons more just in my one [Read More...]

New Evangelization FAIL

“Honey, here’s something fun for the family…let’s go!” H/T to The Ironic Catholic. [Read more...]

First look: trailer for Emilio Estevez's "The Way"

I have to say: this looks really good. The website for the film describes its genesis, with star Martin Sheen undertaking the trek through Spain and later discussing the possibilities of a movie about the fabled pilgrimage trail with his son Emilio.  This film is the result.  It opens in October. [Read more...]

Santorum slams CNN over "bigotry"

It revolves around an interview with Piers Morgan that was broadcast Wednesday night: Presidential candidate Rick Santorum defended his position on gay marriage Tuesday while speaking to students at Pennsylvania State University, and slammed CNN’s Piers Morgan for questioning him as a “bigot” in a pre-taped interview that aired Wednesday night. “I had Piers Morgan [Read More...]

The door is open, just come on in

Archbishop Charles Chaput has decided to forgo the customary knock on the cathedral door when he is installed in Philadelphia next month — and other details of the ceremony are also coming to light: There will be no knocking on the door when Archbishop Charles J. Chaput arrives to the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on freedom of religion

“Those who are adherents to Islam are entitled to pursue their worship in the United States just as are those who are adherents to more universally established faiths (in our community)…We have a duty equally to treat those whose religious beliefs are similar to the majority beliefs and to those whose beliefs are very different [Read More...]

Cardinal Egan remembers 9/11

The man who was the most visible spiritual leader to New York’s Roman Catholics on September 11, 2001 is sharing his memories of that day with the AP: Cardinal Edward Egan was eating breakfast when then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani called to say there was a tragedy and the churchman was needed. A police car would soon [Read More...]

Now hear this: National Catholic Register to debut radio news show

The newspaper’s media empire — growing in collaboration with its new owner EWTN — continues to expand: The National Catholic Register, a long-standing national biweekly newspaper, announces the launch of its first-ever radio program, Register Radio. “Register Radio will possess the same vibrancy and incisiveness to media coverage surrounding the Catholic faith that the Register [Read More...]

Judge strikes down parts of Texas sonogram law

Details: A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key provisions of Texas’ new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion, ruling the measure violates the free speech rights of both doctors and patients. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks upheld the requirement that sonograms be performed, but struck down the provisions requiring doctors [Read More...]

Happy Eid

As Ramadan ends, this video below is making the rounds, courtesy a group called My Fellow American: My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share [Read More...]

Finding the words to preach on 9/11

In the days ahead, a lot of us will be struggling to put into words something that is really beyond words.  Religions News Service looks at the challenge of preaching on 9/11: Standing in the pulpit on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, what do you say? For clergy called upon to preach that day, which [Read More...]

"Would you dress like that to meet the Queen of England?"

“We have reached the point that just about anything goes. We keep making appeals to our people, but it doesn’t seem that anyone is paying much attention. … Some of the ladies, well, you just have to wonder if they looked in a mirror before coming to church.  I often ask people this question: ‘Would [Read More...]

Life amid death: the blessing of cadavers at a Catholic medical school

A remarkable glimpse into a world few of us see, courtesy the Chicago Tribune: Every year, first-year medical students grapple with gross anatomy, approaching their first human dissection with a mixture of anticipation, anxiety or sheer dread. On Monday, 150 students at Loyola University Chicago‘s Stritch School of Medicine approached their task with reverence, reciting [Read More...]

Chaput says "Adieu"

The Archbishop of Denver said his final mass last night — and the celebration included a processional that featured  the thundering rhythm of Native American drummers. Details: Archbishop Charles Chaput said his goodbyes Sunday night to a flock that filled the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. He summoned people in from the foyer to fill [Read More...]

After Irene

New York City, 29 August 2011, 1 pm.  Went for a walk during lunch, and snapped this with my cell phone about two blocks from my office. [Read more...]

"The Big Bang Theory": the complete theme song

I never knew that the theme song of my favorite sitcom is actually longer than 30 seconds. Until now. Thanks to the God Googler, Mike Hayes, here’s the whole thing — and a peppy little video, to boot! [Read more...]


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