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...]

Prayers for Pakistan

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With yesterday’s horrific attack on a church in Pakistan, we pray for all in harm’s way, but especially for those Christians being persecuted around the world: PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 75 people in the deadliest-ever attack on [Read More...]

St. Malo’s Chapel on the Rock Remains Untouched in Colorado Flooding

This video shows the remarkable St. Malo, the “Chapel on the Rock” — untouched even in the midst of the recent, horrific flooding in Colorado: My favorite image in the video? The site of the trailhead where Blessed John Paul II visited on August 13, 1993, untouched amidst so much devastation in the area. For [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 9/20/13: Avoiding the “Selfie” Mentality

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I think I’m pretty tuned in to social media, but every week when I receive John Clem’s list of “Sweet Tweets”, I never cease to be amazed at some of the “big news” that I miss along the way. It’s also fascinating to look at these posts from week to week and ponder how much [Read More...]

James Martin, S.J. Speaks with CNN about America’s Pope Francis Interview

Fr. Jim Martin answers interesting questions from CNN on the news of the day — the Pope Francis interview. I didn’t know until I listened to Fr. Martin that this interview was published simultaneously in 16 Jesuit periodicals today. Please watch the full interview — less than four minutes — for a well-informed Jesuit perspective [Read More...]


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