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Speaking of gangsters: “Paradise” found

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The news about the gangster meeting the pope reminded me of these great videos. Here is Coolio’s classic “Gangster’s Paradise,” from the movie Dangerous Minds. But to really appreciate it, you have to see “Weird Al” Yankovich’s inspired parody, “Amish […]

The pope’s gangster

posted by deacon greg kandra

Well, actually, he’s just going to be meeting the Pope during World Youth Day festivities — but his story is a compelling one of crime and conversion: A FORMER hitman will share the stage with Pope Benedict XVI at World […]

The juror with a mitre renders his verdict

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Some days back, I blogged about the bishop of Pittsburgh’s new part-time job as a juror. Now, an update: Bishop David Zubik completed his jury service yesterday when the Allegheny County criminal court jury he was serving on rendered its […]

“Most priests live lives of heroic integrity”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Here’s an intriguing piece out of Long Island, where a man is collecting interviews in an effort to repair the damage done to the reputation of priests: he sex-abuse scandal that broke in 2002 roiled the Roman Catholic Church and […]

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Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below.

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Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The immediate aftermath of the storm for this class would be

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Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy.

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