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

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...]

St. Cajetan, Patron of the Unemployed and of Job-Seekers

St Cajetan

Well, today's saint is someone to admire (and to emulate!) on many counts.Cajetan  dei Conti di Tiene (1480 - 1547), the Italian priest whose feast day we celebrate today, might have some advice for young high school and college students today:  The saint earned a doctorate in civil and canon law by the age of 24.Cajetan understood diplomacy:  While still a lay person, he began service as a diplomat for Pope Julius II in 1506.  He continued in that role even after his ordination ten years … [Read more...]

Best Wishes to the Jesuits and the Redemptorists As They Celebrate Their Founders

Pope Francis meets with the Jesuit community in Rome

This week, Catholics celebrate the lives of two great founders:Thursday, July 31, is the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).  Ignatius was first a soldier of Spain; but he took a cannonball in the leg, requiring several surgeries and a lengthy recuperation.  During the months when he was bedridden, Ignatius read the lives of the saints; and deeply moved by their piety and their example, he resolved to be instead a soldier for Christ.  He founded th … [Read more...]


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