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Fr. Damien, priest to lepers, may soon be St. Damien

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the Church’s most celebrated missionaries may be closer to being officially declared a saint. A newspaper in Hawaii breaks the news: Father Damien DeVeuster, the Belgian priest who served Hansen’s disease patients at Kalaupapa, Molokai, and later died […]

Was Padre Pio a fraud?

posted by deacon greg kandra

A few weeks ago, some people were running in circles with their hair on fire, saying Mother Teresa was an atheist and a fraud. Now, it seems, they’re doing the same thing about Padre Pio and his stigmata: John XXIII […]

St. Luke: physician, artist…blogger?

posted by deacon greg kandra

He was pretty prolific, after all, and gave us two pivotal works of the New Testament, which managed to recount the life of Christ and the early days of the Church. Not too shabby. He also stands as the only […]

Holy Hoosiers: the faithful flock to an Indiana shrine

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s amazing what a little sainthood can do. A shrine in Indiana is turning into a major tourist destination, and place of pilgrimage, a year after the woman who founded it was declared a saint. From the Indianapolis Star: Peace […]

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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.

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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.

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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