May 27, 2019

How does this parish do it? Is there something in the water? Some answers:  Starting in 2013, and every year since for the past seven years, one young man from the parish of St. Mary’s in Hudson, Ohio, has been ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for the Catholic Church. It’s a rarity in the Catholic Church in the United States to have that many priests coming from one place in such a short time span. The timing of it… Read more

May 26, 2019

From Poland:  The Congregation of the Sons of Divine Providence in Poland have ordained a new seminarian who is very sick with cancer.  They ask for your prayers for Fr. Michael Los. Fr. Michael was diagnosed with an acute form of cancer one month ago. He graduated from the Major Seminary of Saint Luigi Orione. Pope Francis, on May 24, 2019, gave his permission for him to be ordained in the oncology ward of Warsaw. The bishop of the Warsaw-Praga… Read more

May 26, 2019

Sunday morning, I had the privilege of offering the invocation at the local American Legion Hall, just ahead of the annual Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade. My pastor couldn’t make it, so I was a last-minute substitution. There were a variety of people there, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and a host of veterans, politicians, and local activists of all stripes. Several servicemen and women from the U.S.S. Virginia, in town for Fleet Week,… Read more

May 26, 2019

From The Tablet:  Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has said that defending migration was a misinterpretation of Gospels by priests and bishops “bewitched” by political and social issues. His interview with the French magazine ‘Valeurs Actuelles’ appeared last weekend, around the same time as Pope Francis spoke up for migrants during his visit to Morocco and said politicians who build walls to keep them out would become prisoners of those… Read more

May 25, 2019

Check out the video from NET: The press release: The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain 18 men to the Permanent Diaconate, and one Transitional Deacon, for service in the Diocese of Brooklyn this Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph’s located at 856 Pacific Street in Brooklyn. Those to be ordained include: Joseph C. Chu, St. Anastasia, Douglaston Francis Cuffie, Holy Cross, Brooklyn Gerard Joseph Devine, Holy Name, Brooklyn Michael… Read more

May 25, 2019

From AP:  Pope Francis on Saturday said abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed. He is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. During an audience with participants of a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said opposition to abortion isn’t a religious issue but a human one: “Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem? Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve… Read more

May 25, 2019

This essay appeared in The Washington Post Friday, from a Catholic father expressing the anxieties a lot of parents have these days about children simply being around priests, particularly as altar servers: I am as conflicted as many other Catholics. The church has been a strong fiber threading through the various stages of my life, shepherding me through the most difficult times. A late priest who was a longtime family friend of my in-laws used to say Mass at their… Read more

May 23, 2019

Details: A 77-year-old French-Spanish nun who taught impoverished women and girls in volatile Central African Republic has been decapitated, local authorities said Wednesday. Sister Ines Nieves Sancho’s body was found early Monday in the village of Nola, located in the remote southwest near the borders with Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. Local authorities condemned the killing but suggested it may not be linked to the ongoing sectarian bloodshed between militia groups that first engulfed the country in 2013. “Elsewhere… Read more

May 22, 2019

From Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville, ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Sister Miriam! Sister Anne Miriam SkatesWell, here is something you don't see everyday!! #SacredHeart #GoSisterPosted by Sacred Heart Cathedral School Knoxville on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Read more

May 22, 2019

A new study offers some conclusions that might surprise a few people: It turns out that feminism and faith both have high expectations of husbands and fathers, if for very different ideological reasons, and that both result in higher-quality marriages for women. This is a key conclusion of our new report, “The Ties That Bind: Is Faith a Global Force for Good or Ill in the Family?” from the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution. The report looks at… Read more

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