November 22, 2019

While much of the attention has been on Fulton Sheen these days, a young man from Minnesota is about to be declared “Blessed,” too: A man who scrubbed toilets and shoveled sidewalks at Cretin-Derham Hall High School is on his way to becoming a saint, and the school is celebrating his beatification by elevating his presence on campus and connecting students to his legacy. Christian Brother James Miller taught at then-Cretin Hall in St. Paul from 1966 to 1971 and… Read more

November 21, 2019

From today’s homily in Bangkok: All of us become missionary disciples when we choose to be a living part of the Lord’s family. We do this by sharing with others as he did. He ate with sinners, assuring them that they too had a place at the Father’s table and the table of this world; he touched those considered to be unclean and, by letting himself be touched by them, he helped them to realize the closeness of God and… Read more

November 21, 2019

And now authorities say the home was wrong. From The New York Times:  A Catholic nun who was told she could stay in a retirement home in France only if she stopped wearing religious clothing was wronged, French officials say, in a case that they say misinterpreted the country’s laws prohibiting religious attire in some public spaces. The nun, who is over 70 and has not been publicly identified, had been living in a convent in southeastern France when she… Read more

November 21, 2019

Via CNS:   Missionaries are not mercenaries, but beggars who recognize that some brothers and sisters are missing from the community and long to hear the good news of salvation, Pope Francis told the Catholics of Thailand. Celebrating Mass Nov. 21, the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Bangkok’s National Stadium, Pope Francis looked at the meaning of what he calls “missionary discipleship.” Pope Francis’ visit was part of the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the… Read more

November 20, 2019

This is something remarkable: A Brooklyn priest has come into possession of a rare letter, handwritten and signed by (soon to be Blessed) Archbishop Fulton Sheen during a visit to Lourdes in 1937. He writes: My Dear Friends, It was a joy to receive your cable on sailing, and I waited until now to acknowledge it, to assure you and Mrs. Gibbons that I have said a prayer for you and yours at the Shrine of Our Lady. God Love… Read more

November 20, 2019

“Everything that I experienced growing up as a Catholic just pushed me towards service.” John Bel Edwards was just re-elected the governor of Louisiana. Last year, America magazine taped a lengthy interview with him. This is worth your time. Other Democrats: take note. From the interview:  He is a man of deep conviction, his friends and family say. “He lives his values every day,” said his wife, Donna. In many ways, he is just an old-fashioned politician who still puts… Read more

November 20, 2019

From Reuters:  The vast majority of U.S. states have passed laws blocking civil lawsuits that might result from a doctor refusing to perform an abortion or certain other medical procedures because of religious beliefs, a new study shows. The national survey found that 46 states had laws protecting medical professionals and institutions from being sued for harm to patients related to a refusal to provide services out of conscience, researchers report in JAMA. “The biggest takeaway from this research is… Read more

November 19, 2019

The statue by the great Timothy Schmalz was blessed to mark the World Day of the Poor. From the cathedral’s website:  On Sunday, November 17, 2019, the 3rd World Day of the Poor, Msgr. Jameson led a crowd of 11:30am Mass-goers to the sidewalk along Rhode Island Avenue for the blessing of a special new statue. The bronze sculpture, “When I Was Naked” was recently installed at the foot of the Cathedral steps. As Msgr. noted before the blessing, the statue will stand as… Read more

November 19, 2019

Those of us in the world of communications are rejoicing over the news that the most famous and influential Catholic communicator of the 20th century is about to be declared “Blessed.” Fulton Sheen will be beatified in Peoria on December 21. And the date, I think, is significant. First, it is the feast of St. Peter Canisius. As Wikipedia reminds us: He became known for his strong support for the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, Moravia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The restoration of… Read more

November 19, 2019

You can skate underneath disco balls, LED lights, and stained-glass windows of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, while a live DJ plays disco from within a neon-lit altar. Details:  The Sacred Heart Catholic church has seen a lot in its 121 years. Completed at the end of the 19th century, the large, Romanesque building had survived two earthquakes, was home to one of San Francisco’s only predominately African-American Catholic congregations, and has hosted Vietnam War protesters and the Black Panther… Read more

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