In a Timeless Tradition, the Camerlengo Taps His Silver Hammer on the Pope’s Head

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, newly appointed Camerlengo of the Roman Catholic Church

Today in Vatican City, Pope Francis named a new camerlengo. For those (probably most of us) who aren't sure what that means, the "camerlengo" or "chamberlain" is the  cardinal who keeps things running smoothly in the Vatican City-State after the death or resignation of a pope.  According to Wikipedia:Unlike the rest of Roman Curia, the Camerlengo retains his office during the sede vacante and functions as the executive director of the Vatican's operations, answerable to the College of Card … [Read more...]

“Praying the Steps” at Holy Cross Immaculata, and Helping a Friend in Need

Holy Cross Immaculata - steps

A PRAYERFUL TRADITIONAtop Mount Adams, the highest point in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands Holy Cross Immaculata Church.  Overlooking the downtown area and the Ohio River, it is a beacon of faith to local Catholics.On Good Friday, pilgrims from the local community and around the world flock to the historic church for a 150-year-old tradition called "Praying the Steps."From midnight on Holy Thursday until midnight on Good Friday, more than 10,000 pilgrims climb the long winding staircase to … [Read more...]

Bah Humbug! Santa Truthers Chart Their Own Course at the Holidays

No Santa 1

Ah, Christmas!  Children nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums dance in their heads.   But wait....Can you believe this?  Some parents—among them David and Nancy French, who write over on the Evangelical Portal at Patheos—are reportedly SANTA TRUTHERS.These are folks who, for one reason or another, have decided to skip the traditional Santa Claus story in their own families, ‘fessing up to their children that Mommy and Daddy put all those presents under the tree. … [Read more...]