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December 2009 Archives

A California priest is expressing his faith in a surprising and creative way: There’s no steeple out front, no rows of pews inside, not even so much as a crucifix on display. Still, this cramped little art studio in the …Read More

On the last day of the year, what have you left unspoken, unwritten, unshared? From the NY Times: Last month, Illegal Art, the New York-based public-art collective, placed installations around the city and invited passers-by to offer a few last …Read More

Last Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran a series of articles on notable people who had died during 2009 – most well known, a few not. It was the story of one of those lesser-known people that caught my …Read More

That would be the pictures contained in this poignant and wonderfully inspiring slideshow, put together by the Downtown Chapel Catholic Parish of Portland, Oregon. The Catholic Sentinel has details: Though it wasn’t an intended part of the original vision of …Read More

…and he must have meant this place. But, if it’s not a mistake, and I read this right, I’m in some pretty swanky company here. Thanks, Marcel!   You’ve just made The Bench blush.

The New York Times has a blog called Motherlode, about various parenting issues, and earlier this year the blog’s author Lisa Belkin posted about a couple of unexpected pregnancies. One young woman, after some consideration, opted for abortion; the other …Read More

Pretty favorably, according to the usually-reliable John Allen. In his year-end wrap-up (converted to a decade-end wrap-up this year, of course), he looks at some of the biggest Catholic stories of the decade, and takes an especially close look at …Read More

How’s this for First Class? The U.S. Postal Service has announced that Mother Teresa will be among those honored with her very own stamp next year: Nobel Peace Prize honoree Mother Teresa, legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, Negro Leagues Baseball and …Read More

“If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for …Read More

Incredible, but true: In what is being hailed as a Christmas “miracle,” a young mother died during labor with a still-born baby on Christmas Eve but both mom and baby came back to life just minutes later, before the eyes …Read More