Letter to a man entering the seminary

August 30, 2016 The Rev. Brian Cavanaugh, from Franciscan University, offers some great thoughts on Aleteia’s homepage—and they could apply to men beginning diaconate formation, as well: There was a verse from the Book of Sirach that was a God-sent anchor through many a stormy times during those years of formation. So this is the first wisdom seed Read More…

‘He’s really evil,’ say protestors outside Tim Kaine’s Catholic church in Virginia

August 29, 2016 Details: About a dozen Catholic protesters blasted  Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine outside the church he attends in Richmond Sunday morning, WVIR reported. The demonstrators claim the Virginia senator’s voting record contradicts the Catholic faith on issues of abortion and gay marriage. “He is not America’s dad at all,” organizer Frances Bouton said. “If people Read More…

Updating his relationship status: Pope Francis ‘friends’ Mark Zuckerberg

August 29, 2016 Diane Montagna has the scoop:  Pope Francis on Monday received Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, in a private audience at his residence in the Vatican. “Together they spoke about how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, Read More…

How LBJ tried to silence his critics, and ended up muzzling ministers

August 29, 2016 From The New York Times, some interesting background and analysis of the so-called Johnson Amendment, which LBJ pushed through Congress in the 1950s, and which continues to cast a long shadow over us today: The amendment, as The Times reported in 2011, was not aimed at churches, but at “two nonprofit groups that were loudly Read More…

The story behind the nun who became the face of Italy’s earthquake

August 28, 2016 Her image became iconic, and now the Associated Press tells her story:  She became the face of Italy’s earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive. In an interview Thursday at the mother house of her religious order, the 35-year-old Read More…

What makes a Catholic parish boom in the Bible belt?

August 27, 2016 Some answers, from Gainesville, Georgia. A reporter there picked up on this story from the national wires, and gave it a local twist: Being in the middle of the Bible belt means Christian churches of all denominations can be found on every corner of the city or on the outskirts of the rural county. However, Read More…
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