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October 2010 Archives

The pope had some wise things to say to young people from Catholic Action during a question and answer session Saturday: After a question from a young woman of Catholic Action, Benedict XVI responded, “It is very important, I would […]

A dramatic standoff in an Iraqi Catholic church has come to a violent end. Details: At least seven Iraqi Christian worshipers and seven Iraqi security forces were killed Sunday night after commandos stormed a church in Baghdad where a band […]

Maybe, according to this report: Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health care law. That could start a shift toward more […]

That’s the title of a new documentary, about the world’s oldest holocaust survivor. The trailer is below. Here is grace, dignity, courage and hope, summed up so beautifully in her simple creed: “Music is God.”

For the last day of the month: what may arguably be Barry Manilow’s best song (or, at least, my own personal favorite), set to a gorgeous lyric by the legendary Johnny Mercer. The Wikipedia entry on this song says: In […]

Decorating your home with synchronized Christmas lights and music is so 1980. Why not decorate for other holidays, too?  Check out the incredible Halloween display below, set to “Thriller.” Wow. I mean, just WOW. 

With the election just a couple days away, the man who is hoping to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives had a few things to say recently about prayer: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a […]

I was pleased to see the Concord Pastor discovered this recording of John Becker’s beautiful “Litany of the Saints.” It’s been used a time or two in my diocese at the cathedral. While not as haunting as the traditional Gregorian […]

That is one message that is often lost during Respect Life month, and the USCCB is bringing it to the forefront as October comes to an end: As the 2010 edition of Respect Life Month drew to a close, the […]

Beliefnet’s Movie Mom Nell Minow is featuring at her blog a promotional clip for the upcoming movie, “There Be Dragons,” about Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei.   The movie is due out in the spring of 2011.  Take a […]