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On Mary: “She adapted herself to the mentality of her audience”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Vatican has used yesterday’s feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe to issue some thoughts on what it means to be a Catholic communicator. As a Catholic, and a communicator, I found this pretty interesting: Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, […]

“You don’t see the Stations of the Cross”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The other day, Rocco posted about St. Louis’s Fr. John Jay Hughes, whose homilies have become the stuff of legend. The good padre now has started posting them to a blog. One of my readers sifted through some of the […]

Hushed Huckabee

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This is what happens when you have a minister running for president. Mike Huckabee undoubtedly has what might be called a “pulpit trail” — but he won’t let anyone see it. This, from Mother Jones: Before beginning his political career, […]

The Vatican’s new online bible commentary debuts

posted by deacon greg kandra

Every now and then something pops up online that is a real breakthrough — and a wonderful resource. This link is one of those: Biblia Clerus, a bible commentary set up by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. As Catholic […]

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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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