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Over at Beliefnet, Fr. Jim Martin takes a wry look at what goes into cabinet appointments — and wonders if even the Son of God would pass muster these days. What if Obama’s transition team met with Jesus for a […]

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…think again. The story below is a beautiful reminder of what matters, especially during this time of year. Watch it and weep. And pray in thanksgiving to God for giving us kids like this.

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The good people at the Pew Forum released an interesting report late last week on journalism and the press. Some highlights: Religion played a much more significant role in the media coverage of President-elect Barack Obama than it did in […]

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Well, to quote a certain governor from a cold climate: “You betcha.” Or so it seems, from this intriguing little giblet: This history books will tell you that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621. Not true. […]

You’ll find few stories more harrowing or heart-rending or sobering than this one, from Sunday’s Washington Post, which chronicles the journey of a medical student named Lesley Wojick, as she decides whether or not she wants to perform abortions: “Abortion […]

Just when you thought vocations in Ireland were dead, along comes this surprising piece of news, from the Irish Times: IT IS “a myth” to say there is a continuing dearth of vocations to the Catholic priesthood in Ireland, the […]

My sister, a horsewoman, sent this my way. It comes just in time for Christmas — when, of course, we’ll be seeing the Magi depicted on countless Christmas cards, journeying on these lumbering beasts. But trust me: you’ve never seen […]

It’s a phenomenon that most of us have seen: the growing number of students at Catholic schools who aren’t Catholic — and in some cases, not even Christian. A paper in Pittsburgh has more: When it came time for the […]

Someone asked me recently whatever became of Fr. Francis Mary, the celebrated EWTN host who took a leave of absence last year over his relationship with a widow. I wondered myself, so did a little googling. Turns out, he’s launched […]

Some suggestions come from Amy Sullivan at Time magazine, who has penned a letter to Obama: Dear Mr. President-elect, No doubt you have a lot of big decisions associated with your upcoming move to Washington. What school (public or private) […]