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Another nugget from the new book of interviews with Benedict: Pope Benedict has said in a new book that he is not opposed to the practice of receiving Communion in the hand. However he goes on to explain that he …Read More

The institution we know and love — and love to know — appears to be losing ground, according to a new poll: Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is …Read More

To get a clearer idea of what it means — and what can be done about it — check out Msgr. Charles Pope’s blog this morning.

Here’s something inspiring for you. A priest visiting friends in a far-removed Nigerian village last year found himself unexpectedly celebrating Mass in a Muslim home. He writes: Within a short time of my arrival, news went around the community that …Read More

Statistics like that are mind-blowing: my busy parish in Queens averages a little over 100 baptisms a year. Details: Extended families greet one another with hearty handshakes and pecks on the cheek as they file in to Incarnation church in …Read More

It happened in Spain — but details are murky: A Catholic priest in Spain’s province of Valencia slapped a young man in a church in the town of Rótova during a local festival on the evening of September 5. Believing …Read More

This can only be good news for the cotton towel industry. Details: Beneath a cloudless sky on a recent Sunday afternoon, John Oswald made a public profession of his Christian faith as he stood in the waters of Lake Michigan. …Read More

The number-one rated nightly news anchor — and the only one of the Big Three who is Catholic — pours out his soul to Elle (well, sort of) in an interview that, among other things, touches rather unexpectedly on the …Read More

A British observer has some sharp words about EMHCs at Catholic liturgies: What’s the point of all these assistants? The Catholic Church does allow for what it calls an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, in cases when the priest is …Read More

The always-interesting blogger/priest (or priest/blogger?) from Washington, Msgr. Charles Pope, sums it up very succinctly. Read it and see if you don’t agree. Then share it with someone you love — or, maybe, someone who is planning to make that trip …Read More