Peter, Paul and Mary Sing About the Woman at the Well

Peter Paul and Mary

As a deacon, my husband reads the Gospel at Mass each Sunday.  This morning before we left the house he stared at me, a sort of "deer in headlights" stare, and said, "Today's Gospel is REALLY long!" And indeed, it was.  At 775 words, the story of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well may be the longest Gospel reading except for the readings of the Passion during Holy Week. I found this rendition of "Jesus Met a Woman" by '60s folk singers Peter Paul and Mary.  It seems … [Read more...]

Mamma Mia! Nun Scores a Hit on Italy’s “The Voice”

The Voice

Go into all the world, said Jesus. Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family from Milan, Italy has taken that directive to heart.  The talented religious won a standing ovation on the blind auditions for The Voice 2, Italy's popular talent show. All four of the judges pushed the button that turned their chairs around to face the stage; and their shocked expressions upon seeing a Catholic nun belting out the lyrics of Alicia Keys' "No One" were priceless. * … [Read more...]

On Anniversary of Tsunami, the Vatican Remembers with Mozart

Tsunami

Three years after the earthquake and tsunami which afflicted Japan in 2011, Rome remembers with music. Organized with the support of the Japanese embassy to the Holy See, "Mozart's Requiem for Japan from the Vatican" will be held today in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls.  The Gioacchino Rossini Symphony Orchestra of Pesaro and the San Carlo choir, also from Pesaro, will perform Mozart's Requiem under maestro Daniele Agiman. The tsunami which flooded Japan's eastern coastal … [Read more...]


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