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A legendary priest from Madison, Wisconsin has died — and he’s left behind a remarkable legacy: For 43 years, Msgr. Thomas Campion was the face of the Catholic Church for thousands of shut-ins. His televised Mass, broadcast Sundays at 7 […]

And the ordinations keep on comin’. These happened last weekend: Thomas Dewhirst recommitted himself to his Catholic faith in 1998, after years outside the church. About a year later, he felt God was calling him to become a deacon. He […]

That’s the eyebrow-raising comment made by a Melkite Archbishop, interviewed recently by Catholic News Service: Heading a southern Lebanese diocese that goes from the sea then east two-thirds of the way along the border with Israel, the one problem Melkite […]

Meet a man who knows — and whose story is about to become a major motion picture, starring Anthony Hopkins: Rare is the priest in the United States who holds the title of diocesan exorcist. Rarer still is the priest […]

That’s the gist of an ad the Capuchins have placed in Switzerland: Wanted: Bankers, traders or lawyers for full-time, lifelong position. No pay. An order of Roman Catholic monks in Switzerland has started an unconventional recruitment drive by advertising in […]

Leave it to Deacon Bill Ditewig to unearth this incredible tale of Dachau’s deacon and his secret ordination to the priesthood. He’s also found this rare and remarkable video (in Italian, but with subtitles). Watch it and be in awe.

Check out this great vocation story, from Alaska: It’s easy to imagine a six-foot, tanned, 32-year-old Peter Hannah on the golf greens of Monterey, California, in textbook form, languidly driving balls 300 yards. But instead of an Izod shirt and […]

It’s a dramatic move for the Communist island nation — and a sign, perhaps, that the country is turning a corner: With Cuban President Raúl Castro and several high-profile church leaders from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Italy and the Bahamas present, […]

What’s behind it? Some answers: A record number of 13 seminarians have begun formation for the Diocese of San Bernardino at Bl. Junipero Serra House of Formation in Grand Terrace, Calif. The men range in age from 18 to 40. […]

A tweet from a certain blogger suggested as much. Check out this profile of the woman who is, the COO of the Miami Church: Doing one thing at a time does not seem to be part of God’s plan for […]