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  • God bless us, every one!
    God bless us, every one!
    Brace yourselves, Chicagoans. Ebenezer Scrooge will be in Chicago next month.Namely, an annual Christmas play, “The Conversion of Scrooge”, is returning for another season. Marketed as “The Holiday Favorite with a Catholic Twist!...
  • Pope Francis embraces Autism
    Pope Francis embraces Autism
    Pope Francis called for a three-day conference on autismto help "give parents with children with autism hope and attention", according to Rev. P. Augusto Chendi of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers told reporters the aim of...
  • Knowing Forest
    It is not too early to plan your spiritual path for 2015
    Saint Leo Abbey in the Town of Saint Leo, Florida is home to Benedictine monks. Their brothers first arrived in this area of Pasco County over 128 years ago. They liked the stillness of the area and its views across the pretty rolling hills. You...
  • The Right to Die
    A Few Points on Death with Dignity
    At a philosophical perspective, we did not choose to come into the world, so we should be able to choose to leave it as we desire. Being forced to participate in a theater we did not submit to leaves open a host of debate. As you will know, the...
  • Pope Francis Declares that "God is not a magician"
    Pope Francis declares evolution essential to understanding God
    Pope Francis has just come out with a declaration that the Big Bang and evolution are not only consistent with biblical teachings, they are essential to understanding God,the pope told an plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences....
  • St. Anthony of Padua
    Seven Saints of New Orleans Voudou: Part 1 St. Anthony of Padua
    New Orleans has her favored saints among Catholics and practicing Catholic Voudouists. Some are the result of syncretization and have ended up embraced as separate entities unto themselves. Others are included on the altars of rootworkers who...
  • New York Catholics
    New book about New York’s Catholics past and present
    New York Catholics – Faith, Attitude & the Works! is a new book that touches on the lives of many outstanding people who practiced their Catholic faith while contributing their talents since the founding of New Amsterdam and then through...
  • Cpl. Elinor Joseph.
    Israel's Arab Christians get back to their Aramaic roots
    As a people, the Encyclopædia Britannicasays the Aramaeans essentially ceased to exist centuries ago. Yet best known in the West as the language spoken by Christ, the Aramaic language survives to this day in both isolated villages in the Middle...
  • Pope Francis performs mass wedding
    Pope Francis marries 20 couples who were ‘living in sin’ by Catholic tradition
    Pope Francis may be anything besides traditional. In an attempt to bring greater harmony between the Catholic Church and those who feel ostracized by its rules and teachings, Pope Francis married 20 couples, Sunday, September 14, 2014. The couples...
  • satan
    Satanic 'black mass' sold out in Oklahoma City
    "Human excrement, menstrual blood or semen which they mix with the Consecrated Eucharist to please Beelzebub..."The Satanic Temple of New York has been lobbying for months to have a statue ofSatan as Baphomet the goat-headed demon...
  • Gay teacher believes she was fired from Catholic school because of pregnancy
    Gay teacher says 'non-traditional' pregnancy led to Catholic high school firing
    Barbara Webb, a 33-year-old former chemistry teacher, believes she was fired from a metro Detroit Catholic high school after she notified the school that she was pregnant. Webb is also gay and is in a same-sex marriage, which falls outside the...
  • Atheist symbol
    My atheist manifesto – my road to disbelief
    I have stated many reasons why I am not a believer. Once again, a Christian has called my attention to one of the reasons I first fell away from the Catholic Church and then from belief in God.Matt Barber is an attorney, the vice-president of, and...
  • Pregnant teacher sues school: Catholic school sacks teacher, unmarried pregnancy
    Pregnant teacher sues school: Catholic school sacks teacher, unmarried pregnancy
    A pregnant teacher is suing her former employer – a Catholic school system in Montana that she says illegally canned her over an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. The 12-page lawsuit alleges that the school broke federal and state laws when they...
  • Pope Francis
    Pope Francis says he will die in 2 or 3 years, considering retirement
    Pope Francis spoke with reporters on Monday as he was in flight from Seoul, Korea to the Vatican. During the interview, the 77-year-old pontiff was reportedly in very good spirits during his session in which he answered questions from reporters....
  • Chicago's Coolest Catholic Festival
    Chicago's Coolest Catholic Festival
    For those who have read my past columns, you might remember a little event called “Prairie Fest” that I mention every August. Many parishes have summer festivals that they use as their big promotional event of the year, and ironically...