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December 31, 2014

Focus on Catholic identity at America's Jesuit colleges, universities

Catholic Culture - World News - 2 months 3 weeks ago
Writing for The Atlantic, Autumn Jones looks at the approach taken by Jesuit-run colleges and universities in the US, especially in their approach to maintaining a distinctive...

Latin Mass Society urges English bishops to 'end marginalization'

Catholic Culture - World News - 2 months 3 weeks ago
In England, the Latin Mass Society has written to bishops, asking for their help in "ending the marginalization" of the traditional liturgy. Joseph Shaw, the chairman of the Latin...

Jordan's small Christian population struggling to help incoming refugees

Catholic Culture - World News - 2 months 3 weeks ago
In Jordan, a Christian population already drained by emigration is struggling to support a swarm of incoming refugees, both Christian and Muslim, from Syria and Iraq. Father...

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God”: a homily for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

The Deacon's Bench - 2 months 3 weeks ago
“The Madonna of Humility” (by Dominico di Bartolo, 1433 / Wikipedia) From the vault: my homily from January 1, 2009. Happy New Year! +++ About a century ago, the Jesuit poet and...

Ignatius, what happened? The Atlantic looks at 'rebranding' of Jesuit colleges

GetReligion - 2 months 3 weeks ago
A new article in The Atlantic looks at how many Jesuit colleges are rebranding themselves to project an image of fidelity to so-called "Catholic values" without proclaiming...

7 Catholic New Year's Resolutions

Saints 365 - 2 months 3 weeks ago
The New Year is upon us - and with its coming brings New Year's resolutions - we are all familiar with them; we have all made them; we have all broken them by January 7...The...

26 pastoral workers killed in 2014

Catholic Culture - World News - 2 months 3 weeks ago
Vatican Radio reports that 26 Catholic priests, religious, seminarians, and lay catechists have been killed in 2014. Most of the victims (14) died in the Americas, marking the 6th...

Number of Catholics growing throughout the world

News.va - 2 months 3 weeks ago
(Vatican Radio)  The number of Catholics in the world has increased with growth registered across all five continents. The figures are taken by the Fides news agency from the...

Brittany Maynard’s “Pro-Life” Uncle Defends Decision to Kill Herself in an Assisted Suicide

LifeNews.com - 2 months 3 weeks ago
The uncle of Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill cancer patient who committed suicide in November, has spoken out about his niece’s decision. In an interview with ABC News,...

Papal visit to Ireland 'possible' for 2016

Catholic Culture - World News - 2 months 3 weeks ago
A visit to Ireland by Pope Francis is possible for 2016, but not for next year, says Archbishop Charles Brown, the papal nuncio in Dublin. The Pope has received formal invitations...

Pope's Homily at Vespers on Eve of New Year

Zenit - The World as Seen from Rome - 2 months 3 weeks ago
Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ homily this evening at vespers. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Word of God introduces us today, in a special way, in the meaning...

Catholic population up 15 million worldwide

Catholic Culture - World News - 2 months 3 weeks ago
The world's Catholic population increased by 15 million in the past year, with some growth on every continent, according to new statistics from the Fides news service. The latest...

Boom: number of Catholics throughout the world continues to grow

The Deacon's Bench - 2 months 3 weeks ago
St. Peter’s Basilica (photo: Andreas Tille / Wikipedia) From Vatican Radio:  The number of Catholics in the world has increased with growth registered across all five continents....

Church gained 15 million Catholics in a year, say researchers

Catholic Herald - 2 months 3 weeks ago
Membership of the Catholic Church grew by 15 million in a single year, according to new statistics. The Fides news agency published the figures, which are based on the latest...

Lessons Learned in 2014

CatholicMom.com - 2 months 3 weeks ago
It has been a year filled with blessings and many trials as well. Six months ago I wouldn’t have believed that I would be filled with such peace and joy in my heart, as my family...

Thomas More College ‘Way of Beauty’ Program Alum Wins Architecture Award

Catholic Education Daily - 2 months 3 weeks ago
An alumnus of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts “Way of Beauty” program, who also graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, was recently...

Church recalls violent deaths of pastoral workers in 2014

News.va - 2 months 3 weeks ago
(Vatican Radio)  2014 was a grim year for the number of Church workers around the world killed by violence or the deadly Ebola virus.  In its annual report, Fides, the news...

Majority of German bishops back call for Communion for remarried

Catholic Herald - 2 months 3 weeks ago
Most German bishops now believe that divorced and remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive Holy Communion, according to a new report published by the German bishops’...

Thomas Aquinas College’s 60th Alumnus-Priest Praises Faithful College Formation

Catholic Education Daily - 2 months 3 weeks ago
Father Matthew Busch, an alumnus of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., was recently ordained as the College’s 60th alumnus-priest, according to the College. Fr. Busch...

Celebrating Our 1st Christmas With Alzheimers Disease: Laughter Allowed

Zenit - The World as Seen from Rome - 2 months 3 weeks ago
This reflection was written by Larry Peterson and published at the Catholic Writers Guild blog. * * * I guess the first time I realized that something was really wrong was...

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