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A Little Bit of Advent Cheer!

As you prepare yourself for Christmas this Advent, we wanted to share a fun video from That Anonymous College out west in California. Students at Thomas Aquinas College decided to bring a little cheer to shoppers at Pacific View Mall in Ventura, CA with a flash mob of carolers. Over 100 students from the small liberal [...]

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A Litany for Syria, via Fr. Finigan

In light of the humanitarian crisis related to the Syrian civil war – 100k dead already, and 1.9m refugees – and a current push by some Western nations to intervene, it seems we would do well to spend time praying for that country. Fr. Timothy Finigan, a parish priest to the south east of London, [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Pope Francis: No dull uniformity in the Church

In his General Audience today, which I’ve posted below, the Bishop of Rome made some very moving comments about the unity of the Church — a unity that is grounded in diversity. He focused on the unity that comes through union with Christ, the head of the Church. A beauty of holiness is variety. Rather [...]

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New Mexican bishops standing up for marriage

With all the hubbub this week surrounding SCOTUS hearing cases on gay marriage, the bishops of New Mexico have offered their thoughts in a statement released today (March 27th), saying that Marriage should be protected against attempts to redefine it. I’ve summarized it here, but to read the entire statement, please visit Santa Fe’s website [...]

Dr. Mark Labberton. Credit: Fuller Theological Seminary.

Want good Sunday homilies? Form preachers, not sermons

I talked with Dr. Mark Labberton last week, he’s the incoming president of Fuller Theological Seminary, which forms evangelical pastors who serve throughout the world. Much of our conversation can be found here, but there was a bit more than just didn’t fit into the article, but I wanted to share with you all. He [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Pope Francis brings in Rome’s poor for Holy Thursday

Italy’s news agency AGI is reporting that the Holy Father has ensured that 3000 of Rome’s poor will be present at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper which he will celebrate in the evening of Holy Thursday, which is March 28th this year. Caritas of the Diocese of Rome has been given the tickets to [...]

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA

Biography: the life of Pope Francis

Our new Pope, Francis, was born on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He is 76 years old, and while an Argentinian by birth, his surname betrays his Italian roots. His father was a railway worker who immigrated to Argentina from Italy, and Bergoglio is one of five children. After earning [...]

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What is a Papal inaugural Mass?

What’s the deal with Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass tomorrow? He’s already the Pope – canon law tells us that the Roman Pontiff “obtains full and supreme power in the Church” as soon as he accepts his election and is a bishop, which Cardinal Bergoglio did and already was. So his inaugural Mass, being held tomorrow [...]

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Let’s pray with the cardinals

As I write, we are watching the procession of cardinals into the Sistine Chapel. They are praying the Litany of Saints, and will soon pray the Veni Creator Spiritus. If you care to pray along with them, the booklet containing the prayers is available here from the Vatican. It is all in Latin, so a [...]

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Conclave novena to St. Joseph starts today

Last week EWTN News ran an article notifying you all that Cardinal Dolan has invited us to join him in praying a novena to St. Joseph for the election of the next Pope. The novena starts today and runs through St. Joseph’s feast day, March 19th. Cardinal Dolan has made the novena prayer available on [...]

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