Alleluia: Washington area welcomes record number of converts at Easter Vigil

From, of all places, The Washington Post:  For Austin Russell, Easter used to mean dyeing eggs and finding candy. “It was the Easter Bunny — it was fun,” said Russell, 19, who grew up in a home that wasn’t very religious. But this year, Easter carries a weightier meaning for the University of Maryland sophomore. When he started dating [Read More...]

“What does faith have to do with doing the dishes?”

That’s just one of the questions in this uplifting interview by Kathryn Lopez with Fr. Scott Hurd, who talks about his terrific new book “When Faith Feels Fragile.”  Snip: KJL: Why do you encourage receiving the Eucharist when faith feels fragile? Shouldn’t you wait until you make sure you believe? Fr. Hurd: The Eucharist is not a [Read More...]

Jimmy Akin: “It is the anniversary of my wife’s death…”

Jimmy Akin writes, from a deep well:  Every year in August I have a series of special days. First, the 22nd (Queenship of Mary) is the anniversary of my reception into the Church. Then comes my birthday. Then, on the 26th, it is the anniversary of my wife’s death. Visit his site for more. And [Read More...]

After Ezra: a must-read story about how a Hindu and Baptist joined the Church at Easter

Honestly, my headline doesn’t do justice to this piece.  Just drop everything and take the time to read this. I can’t remember the last time a secular publication (in this case, the Des Moines Register) offered such a beautiful and inspiring story of Catholicism, told with a tone that is not only respectful, but actually [Read More...]

A family that prays together

Another great story of a return to the church—this time, with an entire Arkansas family coming along for the journey: For 11-year-old Carter Baldwin and his 9-year-old sister Mimi, one of the most exciting things about becoming Catholic isn’t what one might expect from children — going to confession. “I like how Catholicism makes you [Read More...]

An Easter story: one man’s return to the Catholic Church

From the Forum in Fargo, North Dakota: Timothy Murphy experienced a dramatic turnaround at the last minute. A friend from Yale who hadn’t been in touch since graduation looked him up after envisioning a suicide attempt; the phone in Murphy’s Fargo home rang just as the local retired farmer, hunting enthusiast and poet loaded his [Read More...]

A prominent Muslim convert leaves the Catholic Church

This picture of his baptism a few years ago made news around the world.  Now, he’s changed his mind. John Thavis has details:  A prominent Muslim-born journalist baptized by Pope Benedict XVI, Magdi Allam, has announced he’s leaving the church because it is too “weak with Islam.” Allam, writing on his Web site, said the [Read More...]

The remarkable journey of Atlanta’s new auxiliary bishop—UPDATED

He’s got quite an unusual background—and was influenced by the writings of Thomas Merton : Msgr. David Talley, a former Southern Baptist who became a Catholic at the age of 24 and has served at various archdiocesan parishes, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. At [Read More...]

11 Anglican nuns to join Catholic Church in England

And they include a former C of E minister and the mother superior.  Details, from the Catholic Herald:   Eleven Anglican Sisters will be received into the Catholic Church via the ordinariate, it emerged this week. The Sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, will be received into the Church by Mgr [Read More...]

An atheist writes about Leah’s baptism

What does someone who’s never been to a church, and who doesn’t believe in God, make of it all? A friend of Shiny New Catholic Leah Libresco attended his first Mass, which also happened to be Leah’s baptism, and shares his impressions:  Today I had the great pleasure of getting to meet Leah Libresco of Unequally [Read More...]


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