When Benedict met Shirley

Cardinal Dolan took his mother to meet the pope yesterday: Capping a whirlwind nine-day trip with a final visit to the Vatican, Timothy Cardinal Dolan introduced his 84-year-old mom to Pope Benedict XVI yesterday — then jokingly asked the pontiff if he could make her “the first lady of the College of Cardinals.” Amid cheers [Read More...]

Pope prays for deacons during Angelus

A reader pointed out that on this feast of St. Stephen, Pope Benedict today prayed for deacons during his Angelus. (Translation below via Google.)  He also referenced Mary, Queen of Martyrs — which, by coincidence, is the name of my parish in Queens: Dear friends, the true imitation of Christ is love, that some Christian writers have [Read More...]

Let there be lights: pope uses tablet to light world’s largest Christmas tree

You can read all about it here. Evidently, he opted for a Sony S, rather than iPad which he’d used earlier in the year. See for yourself below. [Read more...]

Is the Obama White House anti-Catholic?

After looking at the controversial dispute over some HHS funding that has made headlines, one writer takes a closer look: You can argue Catholic bishops have a legitimate beef with HHS on this grant, but the Obama administration has not exactly put the freeze on Catholic groups or turned its back on engaging Catholic organizations. [Read More...]

Never try to hide from the deacons…

…they’ll find you every time. Saw this on a friend’s FB page. [Read more...]

Muslim leader to Pope: "I wish to see Muslims and Christians growing in mutual understanding…"

“The following story by the Prophet Mohammed reminds us of the Gospel according to Matthew: “Allah will ask a man on the Day of Resurrection: ‘I was sick but you did not visit Me, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me and I asked drink from you but you did not [Read More...]

Pope to Muslims: "We believers have a special contribution to make…"

“From the 1970s onwards, the presence of numerous Muslim families has increasingly become a distinguishing mark of this country. Constant effort is needed in order to foster better mutual acquaintance and understanding. Not only is this important for peaceful coexistence, but also for the contribution that each can make towards building up the common good [Read More...]

What's it like to be a deacon with the pope?

This guy knows: Just under a month ago I was having supper with a friend when a text message arrived from Fr Stephen Langridge. “James,” it said, “I’ve arranged for you to read the Gospel at the welcoming ceremony for the Pope at WYD. Let me know if that’s a problem.” Once I had regained [Read More...]

The pope and the deacon

Below, a shot some may have overlooked from the World Youth Day festivities last week. Pope Benedict, speaking at the monastery of San Lorenzo de el Escorial  — alongside an image of the great deacon martyr (complete with his dalmatic, ‘natch!).  You can find the text of his address here. [Read more...]

"Incandescent with rage": priest close to pope calls for mass resignation of Irish bishops

This should have a lot of people sitting up and taking notice. From the Catholic Herald: A theologian who is a former student of Pope Benedict XVI has called for every Irish bishop appointed before 2003 to resign. Fr Vincent Twomey, emeritus professor of moral theology at Maynooth seminary, said the Irish Church had been [Read More...]


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