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Is Pope Benedict a closet liberal?

posted by jmcgee

That’s the question posed by my friend and former Beliefnetizen David Gibson in today’s Washington Post:  Thus far, Benedict’s papacy has been one of constant movement and change, the sort of dynamic that liberal Catholics — or Protestants — are […]

Pope to make first visit to Rome’s synagogue

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Benedict will become only the second pope to visit the synagogue — and the timing is more than mere coincidence:  Pope Benedict will make his first visit to Rome’s Jewish synagogue in January, the Vatican said Tuesday. Benedict, leader of the world’s 1.1 […]

“We know from our own broken marriage that hope is possible”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The pope has appointed a married couple — who admit they almost got divorced — to a high-ranking Vatican council.  Their unusual and inspiring story, from CNA: A married couple recently appointed by Pope Benedict to be consultors for the […]

Vatican greets Obama’s Nobel Prize “with appreciation”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The Vatican had warm words for the Nobel committee’s decision:  News that U.S. President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was met with high hopes from the Vatican spokesman. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Oct. 9 […]

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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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