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If you saw the “Lost” finale, you couldn’t miss the religious overtones — or the setting. Now CNS is revealing where it was filmed: The gateway to heaven is through the chapel doors at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu. Or […]

An interesting observation here, from blogger Joe Ferullo: My 23-year-old cousin from Italy has been staying with us for three months. A lot of things have surprised him about Los Angeles — the wide streets, old buildings that were only […]

A statue of Mary was desecrated over the weekend in North Carolina. Details: At the urging of their pastor, members of St. Matthew Catholic Church stopped at a rose garden on church grounds Sunday to pray for whoever knocked off […]

A long and bitter feud may finally be about to be resolved.  From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In the strongest evidence yet that the long legal battle between the St. Louis Archdiocese and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church could soon be […]

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Yesterday, Archbishop Dolan announced that the Archdiocese of New York would get its very first basilica: the historic Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in lower Manhattan. Fittingly, the previous weekend the old church — forerunner of the glorious temple in midtown […]

A columnist who writes from Ohio is using the beginning of Lent to wonder about the great cardio workout people get in church: Before Lent got going, I’d been writing about some of those “edge phenomena” around worship, “adiaphora” or […]

That seems to be the solution for one church in upstate New York, which may soon be headed — brick by brick — to Georgia: St. Gerard’s was where her grandparents and parents were married, where she was baptized and […]

It’s happening in more dioceses around the country, and the New York Timesthis morning looks at the impact that parish closings is having on Camden, New Jersey: Eleanor Medany remembers when South Jersey was in thrall to Roman Catholicism. There […]

At a church in Michigan, the pastor has posted a parting shot for people who decide to leave mass early: Some people still take off right after Communion at St. Peter Church, but not as many now that they have […]