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September 2010 Archives

Now here’s something I’ve never heard before — but it’s a great sign of the growing importance and value of the diaconate in parish life. St. Louis evidently takes up an annual collection for Deacon Formation: The annual Deacon Formation […]

President Obama continued his election season backyard tour, and paid a call on the Clubb family — who, whether by accident or design, just happen to be Catholic. From the Catholic News Service: President Barack Obama chose the backyard of […]

Today marks the feast of St. Jerome— a prolific writer, scholar, and friend of lions (he reputedly helped one by removing a thorn from its paw). He’s also someone close to my own heart. In his youth, my father was […]

Some heartening news from the Lone Star state. At a time when many dioceses are closing or consolidating parishes, down in Texas, the church business is booming: Each week at Midland’s Our Lady of San Juan Parish, churchgoers attending Mass […]

And beautifully, I might add. H/T The Anchoress.

That would be the soon-to-be saint Mary MacKillop — who evidently was (briefly) excommunicated as revenge for seeking to have a priest pedophile brought to justice. Fr. James Martin has details: the astonishing story of Blessed Mary MacKillop, an Australian […]

And now for something innovative — a Catholic hospital involved in stem-cell research, but not in a way you might think : Women giving birth by cesarean section at a Catholic hospital in Florida can contribute to cutting-edge research that […]

The USCCB’s Sr. Mary Ann Walsh takes note of something interesting in the world of movie criticism: A former Catholic bishop of Salt Lake City once facetiously boasted that he headed the second largest church in Utah. There Catholics comprise […]

Well, no. It’s not exactly like the TV competition that looks for hot runway models. But Rocco Palmo has posted an intriguing list of up and coming bishops. The Final Four range all over the map — including one celebrated […]

In a rare description of his personal faith, the president at a New Mexico gathering answered some questions about religion and abortion: An event billed as a discussion on the economy turned personal Tuesday when a woman asked President Barack […]