Hot Showers for the Homeless, Courtesy of St. Peter

02/10/2015 Comments (9)

It's been many years since I was in Rome, but I remember my first impression of the city: it's extremely beautiful, and it smells like poop. Part of that smell comes because Italians tend to have dogs, rather than children. And part of the smell comes because, at least when I was there, public bathrooms are few and far between, and they are coin operated. The phrase "eternal city" takes on a whole new meaning when you are penniless, on foot, and have nowhere to go for hour upon hour.

For a college sophomore spending a semester abroad, this discomfort had its exotic charm. For the thousands of homeless men and women who live in Rome, having nowhere to relieve themselves -- and nowhere to...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Pope Francis Unexpectedly Drops in On Rome's 'Favela'

02/09/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis broke from his scheduled programme on Sunday to make an unnanounced visit to the Arcobaleno di Ponte Mammolo nomadic camp in Rome. 

Sometimes referred to as Rome's "favela", or slum, it forms part of the parish of St. Michael the Archangel of Pietralata where many homeless, unemployed or those unable to earn enough money to buy food live. 

Read more on the visit here

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Some Trads Walk Into A Gay Bar

02/09/2015 Comments (137)

It almost sounds like a joke. So these traditional Catholics walk into a gay bar...


At the southern-most tip of France, between Marseille and Cannes, you will find the city of Toulon. Just meters away from the Mediterranean, you will find Eglise Saint François de Paule run by the Divine Mercy Missionaries. Eglise Saint François de Paule is located in a part of the city that has long been a mecca for the gay community. In fact, right next door to the Church was the Texas Bar, a famous gay bar.

The Divine Mercy Missionaries had several times tried to buy the bar and close it down, to no avail. But recently the bar went bankrupt and the building went to auction during liquidation.

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Bishop Tebartz Van Elst Appointed to Pontifical Council

02/09/2015 Comments (11)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst

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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst, the former bishop of Limburg near Frankfurt, Germany, is to begin a new appointment in March as a delegate on catechesis at the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Register has learned. 

An official at the Pontifical Council confirmed today that Bishop Tebartz van Elst was appointed in December on behalf of Pope Francis through the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. It follows reports in the German press that the bishop had been appointed to the Council, but that the appointment had been subsequently withdrawn by Pope Francis, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 

The Vatican press office refused to...READ MORE

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Pursuing Virtue, Not Clintonism

02/08/2015 Comments (32)

I think Chesterton is on to something profound when he says that when you abandon the big laws, you don't get freedom and you don't even get anarchy: you get the small laws.

In other words, the paradoxical effect of attempting to be lawless is to become more and ever more legalistic, to parse words ever more finely, to look for every loophole, excuse, technicality, and microscopic nuance in order to try to show why what you are doing is not really against the law that haunts our hearts.

We see it in the kid who carefully tells his Mom, "Yes, I had a piece of cake" while neglecting to mention that the piece consisted of three quarters of the cake. We see it in the memorable...READ MORE

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Enter Lent, Insert Apps: Three Lenten Apps to Consider

02/07/2015 Comment

Many of us have that little pocket computer misleadingly called a “phone” in our purse or pocket or hand. Here are three apps I’ll be using this year for Lent.


Free; from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS); available for both iOS and Android

I discovered the Lentsanity app last year and found myself enjoying, once again, the fact that there is younger crowd of creative people who think of these things. I mean, the name alone reflects a bit of how I feel about Lent: slightly insane, intimidated, and excited-ish.

The idea: daily thoughts and resources to aid your Lenten journey. They’re categorized as prayer, #Lenthacks, virtue, sacrifices, learn the faith,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller on Reform of the Roman Curia and the Church

02/07/2015 Comments (13)
Edward Pentin

Cardinal Gerhard Müller

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Pope Francis, in his approach to reforming the Roman Curia and the Church, is pursuing a “spiritual cleansing of the temple, at the same time both painful and liberating, so the glory of God can shine in the Church, the light of all mankind,” the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

In an article in tomorrow’s L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, addresses the theological criteria for a reform of the Church and the Roman Curia, laying out what he believes should be the basis of the changes.

The publication of the piece is timed to coincide with a meeting from Monday to Wednesday next week of the C9 Council of Cardinals...READ MORE

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Register Radio - World Day of Consecrated Life

02/06/2015 Comments (1)

Good works and a lot of praying goes on inside the walls of monasteries.  Literally, these men and women religious are saving the world one soul at a time, but they’re NOT on the spotlight.  So, is the world blind to the good it cannot see?

Dan Burke and Jeanette DeMelo talk about the World Day of Consecrated Life with Michael Wick of the Institute of Religious Life, Franciscan Sister Clare Matthiass of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, and Father Roger Landry.

Michael Wick, Institute on Religious Life

Michael Wick is happily married with four children, but he is also the executive director of the Institute on Religious Life, which brings together priests, religious and...READ MORE

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