Remembering Fr. Thomas Byles, One of the Heroes on the RMS Titanic

As a Martyr of Charity, His Cause Should Pick Up Steam This Year of Mercy

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Father Thomas Byles

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Forget the made-up, special-effects dramas about the Titanic. The real special effects were like the heroic actions of Father Thomas Byles, one of the passengers who perished in that sinking.

On April 14, the 104th anniversary of the Titanic hitting an iceberg, Father Byles was rightly memorialized in Brooklyn N.Y., where he was headed to celebrate the wedding Mass for his brother William and his bride Isabel Katherine.

A plaque dedicated to Father Byles and his holy heroism on that 1912 night of April 14-15 was unveiled and blessed at St. Paul and St. Agnes Church, his brother’s parish. The event included Benediction and presentations on the life of Father Byles.

Benjamin and Cady Crosby with Fr. Joseph Nugent, the pastor of St. Paul’s Church (Photo Credit:

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Cardinal Pell a 'Bit Surprised' By Suspension of Auditors

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Cardinal George Pell


Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, has said he was “a bit surprised” by the decision of the Secretariat of State to suspend an independent audit of the Vatican's finances.

In a short statement released this morning, he said he anticipates the audit will “resume shortly” after “discussions and clarification" of some issues, and added that the work of the “internal auditor which covers all areas has not been interrupted.”

Yesterday the Register reported that the Secretariat of State had sent a letter this week to all Vatican entities saying the first external audit aimed at raising the Vatican’s finances to international anti-money laundering...READ MORE

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How to Thrive in Illness, Watch the Epic Spread of Christianity from 30 AD to 2016 AD, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on How to Thrive in Illness by Rachel Motte of Catholic Stand to read.

How to Thrive in Illness – Rachel Motte, Catholic Stand

Watch the Epic Spread of Christianity from 30 A.D. to 2016 A.D. – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

The Treatment of Believing Christians in This Country Deserves the Term Persecution - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Divorce and Remarriage: Why Has Francis Chosen To Leave One Door Open? – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Amoris Laetitia Helps a Single Mom – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

The Universal Destination Of Goods: The Good, The Greedy and The Robbers – Veronica Arntz, Truth and Charity Forum

Purity of Heart – Amy Atkinson, Ignitum Today

Book Review of Illiberal Reformers: Race Eugenics and American Econo. ....READ MORE

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A New Song to Remember Mother Angelica on Her 93rd Birthday

04/20/2016 Comment

A new song called The Story of My Soul, beautifully melodic, came out recently in honor of Mother Angelica. It joins the ways she is being honored by those whose lives she has touch and changed.

The Story of My Soul by Catholic singer/songwriter Russ Rentler captures the amazing “catches” Mother made among the countless number of channel surfers who happened on her show in a divinely-inspired moment.

Couldn't sleep last night,
Troubles — they were on my mind
Turned on the TV
Channel surfin' for a dream.

The singer finds “an angel dressed in brownwho, he says, “turned my whole world upside down.”

And how did she do that? In the Chorus he lets us in on the major way:

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What is God Trying to Tell Us With This New Eucharistic Miracle in Poland?

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The chalice and paten of Bl. Charles de Foucauld (“Photo-Monique”, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

On April 17, Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica, Poland announced the approval of a Eucharistic miracle in his Diocese. The miracle happened about two years ago when, “a consecrated Host fell to the floor [during the distribution of Communion and] was picked up and placed in a container with water. Soon after, red stains appeared on the host.”

The miracle was tested and the “Department of Forensic Medicine found: ‘In the histopathological image, the fragments were found containing the fragmented parts of the cross striated muscle. It is most similar to the heart muscle.’ Tests also determined the tissue to be of human origin and found that it bore signs of distress.”

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An Abortion at Georgetown

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This week Georgetown University is hosting two speakers on opposite ends of the abortion spectrum.  Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and Abby Johnson, perhaps the country’s best known former abortion worker, will both speak on the campus today (Wednesday).  Their visits come on the heels of a revealing piece in the school newspaper.

The Hoya recently published an account written anonymously by a student about the abortion she had.  The piece, titled “The Choices We Carry”, is painful to read for anyone who believes in the humanity of unborn children.  But it’s also a window into the mindset of a young woman for whom abortion is simply a choice, without moral weight or...READ MORE

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There Are Two Ways to Survive Cancer

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According to an early Christian legend, St. Agatha received a vision of St. Peter and an angel while she was in prison, and was miraculously healed. St. Agatha is venerated today as the patron saint of breast cancer patients. (Image: Alessandro Turchi, “Saint Agatha Attended by Saint Peter and an Angel in Prison”, c. 1640)

I told a friend that I feel as if I’ve been away. I feel like someone who has wintered over at the South Pole and is now peeking from behind doors at the newcomers who’ve arrived with the sun. 

In truth, I have been to a different continent, but it is a continent of the mind and spirit, of enclosure and obsessive focus. The topography has nothing to do with the unexplored mountain ranges and rivers that I associate with the idea of a new continent. The unexplored areas of this new land were hospital rooms and surgical suites, doctor’s offices and pathology results. 

I been fighting for my life, just as surely as any gladiator in an arena, any soldier in battle. I have been, like they are,...READ MORE

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The Pope’s Approach Can Be Frustrating, But He’s Still Our Pope

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Pope Francis gives his Urbi et Orbi address to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Easter morning, March 27, 2016. (© L'Osservatore Romano)

Here's the full translated text of the latest in-flight interview with Pope Francis, which wasn't very long. This is the first time I've read an interview with the Pope and though, "Ohh. I see. All right, then."

Let me explain. The interviewers brought up a wide range of topics. One was a question about his brief meeting with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and what it signified. The Pope explained (and all emphasis throughout this post is mine):

 This morning when I walked out, there was Senator Bernie Sanders who came to the congress on “Centessimus Annus.” He knew that I was leaving at that time and he had the courteousness to greet me. I greeted him and his wife, and another...READ MORE

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