Pope formally recognizes first U.S.-born martyr

December 2, 2016 From CNS: Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification. Father Rother, born March 27, 1935, on his family’s Read More…

WATCH: The trailer for ‘The Shack’

December 1, 2016 A movie adaptation of the phenomenal best-seller is due in theaters in March—and here’s the first look.  I confess I started to read the book and just couldn’t stay all that interested in it; it didn’t hold me. But I know other people who adored it and have passed it along to everyone they know. It Read More…

Waiting for Jesus with cheeses

December 1, 2016 An Advent calendar for cheese lovers? Yes, please:  Chocolate advent calendars are all well and good – but how about a cheese one instead? Just think of it – 24 individual pieces of cheese, waiting for you every December morning in the run-up to Christmas. Well, we’re pleased to inform you that such a think Read More…

A rewritten ‘Our Father’?

December 1, 2016 Details:  Dutch Catholics are raising alarm bells after the bishops of the Netherlands and Belgium changed the words to the Our Father in a way that they believe amounts to an “ideological reinterpretation of the text.” Dutch Catholics who still attend weekly Mass heard a newly-worded Our Father last Sunday that no longer asked God Read More…

When Francis met Martin

November 30, 2016 The pontiff met film director Martin Scorcese at the Vatican today after a screening of the new movie “Silence.” Rome Reports has the video. Check it out below. I was impressed that he also kissed the pope’s ring (something I did when I was met him back in May, and which he clearly doesn’t like.)
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