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The Archbishop and his deacons. Read more about Dolan here. And there’s this stellar quote, from Deacon Bill Ditewig: I often tell the true story of a bishop who, while literally standing in the middle of his deacons, said, “When […]

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Kentucky National Guard Chaplain (Col.) Patrick J. Dolan celebrates mass. Read more about him and his work.

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Worth a thousand words — or, at least, three

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I’m not quite sure where the above image came from — a church of some sort, it appears — but it was spotlighted at the often-hilarious FAIL website, and subsequently picked up the Bad Vestments blog.

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Pontifical North American College seminarians Keith D. Romke of the Diocese of Rockford, Ill., and Mark R. Payton of the Archdiocese of Perth, Australia, are seen after being ordained  deacons in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 7. Thirty […]

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Benedict with his bling. Details here.

Worth a thousand words: the mother of a saint

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The 100-year-old mother of Father Jerzy Popieliszko, Marianna, center, prays at her son’s grave in front of the St. Stanislaw Kostka church in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 5, 2010, ahead of the Sunday beatification of Jerzy Popieluszko. Popieluszko, the Solidarity […]

From Fatima: worth a thousand words

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Pope Benedict blesses a baby as he arrives to celebrate mass in Fatima, May 13, 2010. Photo from CNS/Reuters

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Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, baptizes an inmate at the Southern Arizona Correctional Release Center in Tucson last month. Details, from CNS: A hazy sun settling slowly behind Tucson’s “A” mountain softly illuminated the 20 women in bright-orange uniforms […]

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The Palm Sunday Blessing of the Streets in Santa Ana, California — an annual tradition that many feel has helped spur a dramatic drop in violent crime in the community. Read all about it here.

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From Fr. Austin Murphy’s fine blog, Jesus Goes to Disney World, this snapshot of his church grounds in Maryland:

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Mourners at a memorial service at Fort Hood last night.  Photo by Associated Press

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posted by deacon greg kandra

In Southern California, a La Cañada Flintridge resident arrives at a police checkpoint to try to see whether her home was spared from the fire. Photo: by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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posted by deacon greg kandra

The beautiful image above, from Whispers, and the camera of Sam Lucero shows Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, embracing a newly ordained permanent deacon. Check out the rest of Lucero’s gorgeous and inspiring work at his website.

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Signs carried by demonstrators near the Kansas funeral of slain abortion doctor George Tiller. PHOTO: by Charlie Reidel/AP

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley congratulates Fr. Sean Carey during his ordination to the priesthood yesterday. Carey is one of only 11 deaf men in the nation to be ordained a priest. You can read more about Carey and the ordination here. […]

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Luis Carlos Ochoa Tello, right, hugs his father, Miguel Ochoa Espinoza, after his priestly ordination at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington, Del., May 16. PHOTO: by Don Blake, The Dialog, via CNS

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Not quite sure where this comes from (Mexico?) but it was prominently featured on Drudge this morning.

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Pope Benedict visits survivors of the devastating earthquake in L’Aquila. You can read more about it here. PHOTO:  from Sky News

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Nuns in Mexico City wear face masks, as worldwide panic grows, following reports of a rapidly spreading strain of swine flu. PHOTO: by Gregory Bull, AP

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Father Thomas Barrett, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Longwood, Florida, baptizes Ainsley Lindberg during the Easter Vigil Mass on April 11, 2009.  PHOTO:  by Valeta Orlando, Florida Catholic

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posted by deacon greg kandra

A woman touches the white coffin of a child during the funeral service for quake victims in L’Aquila, Friday, April 10, 2009. The Vatican offered a special dispensation to allow a mass to be celebrated on Good Friday. You can […]

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posted by deacon greg kandra

A rare winter snowstorm strikes the south. This shot is from Centennial Park in Atlanta. The storm is now pushing north. New York City, among other places, may get a foot or more of the white stuff — our biggest […]

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Vice President Joe Biden attending an event in Washington yesterday. PHOTO: by Getty Images/Win McNamee

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Two shepherds. At St. Patrick’s this morning. PHOTO:  from The New York Times.

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From the swearing in, January 20, 2009. You can read about the bible he used here.

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A soldier visits Santa in Baghdad. By Khalid Mohammed / Associated Press.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The picture below was taken by a friend, a parishioner in my parish. This is a few blocks from my home in Forest Hills, in the beautiful borough of Queens.

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Six days before Christmas, we New Yorkers finally got our first big snow of the season. Below, the Brooklyn Bridge, from the New York Times photographer Michael Nagle.

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A statue of the Blessed Mother is all that is left in the ruins of this mobile home park in Sylmar, California. The fire destroyed nearly 500 homes, according to the Los Angeles Times. Photo: by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty.

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posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Sharif, who knows 40 commands, has helped Jeffrey Adams adjust to his prosthetic leg, after he was wounded in Iraq. You can read his story, and others, here, from this morning’s New York Times. Photo: by Alan Polzner, for the […]

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posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A candle spotted in San Francisco last weekend. And no, I don’t think that’s Martin de Porres. Details can be found here.

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posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Two guys in white tie, and some guy wearing red, at the Al Smith Dinner last night in New York City. Full report and video right here. Rocco has his write-up here. Enjoy. Photo: by Damon Winter, New York Times

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posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston embraces a parishioner at St. Patrick’s Church, which was seriously damaged by Hurricane Ike. You can read about the cardinals visit in the Houston Chronicle. Photo by Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle.

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posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

These adorable kids come courtesy of Michael Paulson at Articles of Faith, who explains the story behind the picture. Photo by Suzanne Kreiter.

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posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

With the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in the background, hundreds of paper lanterns float on the Motoyasu River at a memorial service for the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. The western Japanese city marked the […]

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posted by deacon greg kandra

Actually, you can read those thousand words right here. This is a shot from my in-laws’ 50th anniversary celebration. I’m the one on the left. The fellow on the right is the celebrant, Msgr. Vincent Gatto, 82-years-young and a true […]

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The Book of the Gospels is carried at the opening Mass of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, July 15. Sydney Cardinal George Pell celebrated the Mass before an estimated 140,000 people. ( Photo by: Paul Haring, Catholic News Service

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Lisa Stanford embraces her daughter, Jessica Aiello, outside her house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Three feet of water flooded Ms. Stanford’s 108-year-old home. Photo: by Todd Heisler, The New York Times

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A power company truck is pictured in floodwaters in Coralville, Iowa, Sunday, June 15, 2008. Photo by: AP/Sue Ogrocki.

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Wonder what these guys are talking about? Probably not baseball.

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Benedict and the St. Bernard. And I always thought he was a cat person …

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Pope Benedict, at Nationals Stadium, Washington DC. April 17, 2008. Photo from Associated Press/CBS News.

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New York governor Eliot Spitzer and his wife Silda, March 10, 2008. Photo: by Mary Altaffer, AP

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A police dog wearing foot protection is seen in a photo provided by police in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on Monday Feb. 25, 2008. Police dogs in Duesseldorf will no longer get their feet dirty on patrol: The entire dog unit, […]

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We got the season’s first big snow in New York City today. Here’s someone shoveling outside a business in Queens, just a few blocks from where my wife and I used to live. Photo: by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

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Students wait in DuSable Hall at Northern Illinois University, Thursday, February 14, 2008. Photo: CBS

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An American soldier in eastern Afghanistan, late 2007, following a firefight. This image won the top prize today in the World Press Photo Awards. Photo by Tim Hetherington, for Vanity Fair.

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New Orleans, Ash Wednesday February 6, 2008. The day after Mardi Gras. And the first day of Lent. Photo: by Alex Brandon, AP

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Times Square, New York City. February 3, 2008. Photo: by Patrick Andrade, New York Times.

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Pope Benedict (who else?) greets the overflow crowd gathered to support him at Sunday’s Angelus. You can read the story behind the picture right here. A big h/t to Rocco at Whispers.

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A dog receives a blessing at the Vatican today. You can read the story behind it right here.

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President Bush with a group of nuns during a visit to the Church of the Beatification on the Mount of the Beatitudes in Israel, on Friday January 11. Photo by: David Furst, AP

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posted by deacon greg kandra

A hand-made sign at a Barack Obama rally in New Hampshire, January 7, 2008. I think that sums up why he’s winning in just one word.

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Bulldozer, a 5-month-old male giraffe calf, is fed by Santa Claus at the San Francisco Zoo, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 in San Francisco. Photo: by George Nikitin, San Francisco Zoo, via AP

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A Swiss Guard stands by a crib figurine during Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly general audience inside Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, December 19, 2007. Photo: by Filippo Monteforte/AFP, Getty Images

Worth a thousand words — or watts

posted by deacon greg kandra

A house in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn, with a few tasteful holiday decorations. Featured on HGTV’s special “What’s With That Decked Out Christmas House?” Image: from HGTV

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posted by deacon greg kandra

An unidentified mourner at a Creighton University memorial service for the victims of the Omaha mall massacre. Photo: by Michael McNamara,Lincoln Journal Star/Reuters

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posted by deacon greg kandra

A now-legendary photograph of Philadelphia’s John Cardinal Krol, ca. 1975, taken by now-Cardinal (then priest and editor) John Foley. Read all about it right here. Photo: Catholic News Service

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posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s three days after Thanksgiving. Anyone want (another) turkey sandwich?

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Relatives of cyclone victims wail in Barishal, 75 miles south of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. Photo by: Pavel Rahman, AP

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A buoy and several docks are left high and dry in Lake Allatoona in Acworth, Georgia, as the south suffers through the most severe drought in recent memory. Georgia’s governor took part in a prayer service to pray for rain […]

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Barack Obama campaigning in Iowa, nine weeks before the caucus. Photo by Eric Thayer, New York Times

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Wooden crosses, each decorated with a poppy and bearing the name of a fallen soldier, stand in the Field of Remembrance set up at Westminster Abbey in London, Thursday, November 8, 2007. Photo: by Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP

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Outside Rockefeller Center, New York City. November 5, 2007. Photo: by Stan Honda/Getty Images

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A resident, holding up a baby, struggles to cross a flooded street due to heavy rains caused by tropical storm Noel, in la Plaine, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. Photo: from AP/Logan Abassi, MINUSTAH

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Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon celebrates after the Red Sox won Game 4 4-3 to win the 2007 World Series in a four-game sweep of the Rockies. Photo: by Getty Images/Jamie Squire

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Halloween costume available for young girls this year, available at this website.

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Malibu, California. By Phil McCarten, Reuters.

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