Friday, January 31, 2014

Vatican announces that 2015 will be dedicated to the \'Year of Consecrat...

Pope\'s Mass: It\'s dangerous to lose the sense on sin

Pope Francis the prophet

Women; the old guard; pope v. pope; graffiti; and All Things Catholic | National Catholic Reporter

Women; the old guard; pope v. pope; graffiti; and All Things Catholic | National Catholic Reporter



John Allen writes:



I'm pleased to announce that All Things Catholic will live on under the same name in The Boston Globe. For those with access to the print edition of the Globe, you'll find a short version of the column in the Sunday paper. A longer version, more akin to what I do for NCR, will be available at www.bostonglobe.com. That's a pay service (though you get one click free), but readers can always get the column without paying if they access it via Facebook or Twitter. The first column will probably run Feb. 9.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pope wants 'capillary and incisive' role for women in church | National Catholic Reporter

Pope wants 'capillary and incisive' role for women in church | National Catholic Reporter

“I’m happy to see many women sharing certain pastoral responsibilities in accompanying persons, families and groups, and in theological reflection,” Francis said, “and I’ve voiced hope that spaces for a feminine presence that’s more capillary and incisive in the Church will be enlarged.”

Merton - a film biography



Father Louis Merton's last public address in Bangkok, 1968... after this session
he went to his room






Friday, January 24, 2014

Possible papal encyclical on ecology

Possible papal encyclical on ecology



Father Lombardi said it is important to note that Pope Francis intends to put particular emphasis on the theme of “human ecology,” a phrase used by Pope Benedict to describe not only how people must defend and respect nature but how the nature of the person – masculine and feminine as created by God – must also be defended.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

USCCB Blog: Says Pope Francis: Toughen up, people!

USCCB Blog: Says Pope Francis: Toughen up, people!: By Sister Mary Ann Walsh Toughen up, people! That seems to be one theme from Pope Francis in his annual Message for World Communic...



Sister Mary Ann writes, "The internet world is not for the faint of heart"... Pope Francis says "Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.” 

Legionaries to critics: 'Give us a chance' | National Catholic Reporter

Legionaries to critics: 'Give us a chance' | National Catholic Reporter



Interviews with three Legionary priests from the USA who are attending the Legionaries' General Chapter in Rome: Fathers John Bartunek, John Connor, and David Daly

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Message of Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum in Davos

Message of Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum in Davos





It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available, and often simply wasted. Likewise, we cannot but be moved by the many refugees seeking minimally dignified living conditions, who not only fail to find hospitality, but often, tragically, perish in moving from place to place. 



I know that these words are forceful, even dramatic, but they seek both to affirm and to challenge the ability of this assembly to make a difference...
I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

ASIA/SYRIA - Young Christian killed and beheaded by jihadists - Fides News Agency

ASIA/SYRIA - Young Christian killed and beheaded by jihadists - Fides News Agency



"Firas Nader (29), and Fadi Matanius Mattah (34), were traveling by car from Homs to the Christian village of Marmarita. A group of five armed jihadists intercepted the vehicle and opened fire on the car. Upon reaching the car, militiamen, noting that Fadi was wearing a cross around his neck, beheaded him. They then took money and documents, leaving Firas on the ground wounded, believing he was already dead. Firas instead managed to escape, reaching the town of Almshtaeih on foot and was then transferred to the hospital in Tartou. Some of the faithful were able to recover the body of Mattah, bringing him to Marmarita, where the local Christian community expressed strong indignation for the horrible act carried out...."

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Pope Francis will visit Roman parish on \'existential peripheries\'

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

Vanessa Hudgens puts in a gritty performance as a castoff pregnant teen named Apple. Based on the true story of Kathy DiFiori who opened a home for young mothers in New Jersey. Rosario Dawson is amazing as Apple's crazed mother. This film is beautiful, simple and linear. About the little things and everyday drama, violence and hope. It feels more like a solid made-for-TV story than for the big screen. Worth seeing!

Friday, January 3, 2014

The top five under-covered Catholic stories of 2013 | National Catholic Reporter

The top five under-covered Catholic stories of 2013 | National Catholic Reporter

It's an "All Things Catholic" tradition to dedicate the first column of the new year to the most under-covered Catholic stories of the previous 12 months, which in the past has always seemed a good use of time given the sporadic and often radically incomplete coverage the church typically draws.
This year, however, it feels a little silly to be talking about Catholicism as under-covered, given the astronomic media interest generated by the resignation of Benedict XVI and the rise of Francis.

If the coverage we've seen this year isn't enough, one might fairly ask, what exactly would be?...