California Bishops Visit San Quentin, Death Row with Sr. Helen Prejean

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From the website of the California Catholic Conference, a fascinating article on the recent visit by nine bishops (including mine!) to California’s “Death Row”. The article (excerpted here) is a great look at the Bishops’ pastoral interaction with inmates: Just past the canteen, down a small alley enveloped in shadow and behind two sets of [Read More...]

Catholic Military Spouse Weighs in on Government Shutdown

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I have an upcoming visit to a mom’s group that meets regularly at their military installation. All of them are married to heroes who daily serve our country. I’m truly honored that they would invite me to meet and pray with them. So Liz and her fellow moms were some of the first souls I [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 10/4/13: The Francis Edition

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Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/), we’ve got a full recap of all of this week’s most important action both online and around the world. Before we jump into the tweets, here’s a lovely musical moment from Sarah McLachlan to celebrate St. Francis’ feast day: Papal Tweet: “Do we [Read More...]

CNS: Catholics Decry Government Shutdown

A telling video from Catholic News Service: [Read more...]

Google Doodle’s Shutdown Irony

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I live in the shadow of Yosemite National Park. It’s honestly pure evidence of God’s amazing glory. So today, on Yosemite’s 123 birthday, it’s truly sad that her doors are shuttered due to the federal government shutdown: At least Google is marking the occasion with a special doodle: A question for you: What are you [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 9/28/13: Getting Our Hands Dirty to Help

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Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/), we’ve got a full recap of all of this week’s most important action both online and around the world. Papal Tweet: “True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.” (Pope [Read More...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Pens Letter to Atheist

Welcome news about Pope Benedict XVI’s recent eleven page letter to atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi: Once again, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has picked up a pen and paper. In an eleven-page letter addressed to atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Ratzinger defends Jesus as a historic figure, explaining that the Jesus of the Gospel existed in real life. Video [Read More...]

Mulieris Dignitatem 25th Anniversary Sparks Seminar at the Vatican

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News out from the Pontifical Council for the Laity: Twenty five years after the publication of the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem by Blessed John Paul II, the Pontifical Council for the Laity wishes to reflect again on this document. A quotation from this letter is the theme of the seminar: God entrusts the human being to a [Read More...]

Media Roundup of America’s Pope Francis Interview Aftermath

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Over at their website, America Magazine has a terrific roundup of all of the interviews, essays, shows and punditry which followed last week’s publication of the Jesuits’ interview with Pope Francis. If you’d like to catch up on anything you missed, this is the place to go to read all of the “takes” in one [Read More...]

Praying for Kenya’s Mall Victims by Name

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All too often, we rush past catastrophes half a world away with hardly a thought. We may pause to pray for them in fleeing moments, but quickly we forget, caught up in our daily busyness. I’m not casting any stones here — I’m guilty of feeling horrible when such tragic acts of violence happen but [Read More...]


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