Philly Readies for Likely Papal Visit, World Meeting of Families' Registration Opens

11/11/2014 Comments (4)

The Pope’s presence is still in limbo for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Philadelphia next September, but the Philly Archdiocese is geared up to welcome 8,000 to 12,000 people from around the world for the weeklong event and more than a million for the likely papal visit over the weekend.

“We are not likely to get an announcement of the Holy Father’s visit until after the turn of the year, but we’ve received many hopeful signs that he does intend to come,” Archbishop Charles Chaput told the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore Nov. 10-11 for their annual fall meeting.

The World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27. Keynote and breakout sessions will touch on...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper's Confusion

10/16/2014 Comments (56)
Cardinal Walter Kasper denies giving reporter Edward Pentin an interview after the conversation appeared on Zenit Oct. 15.  Yet the interview did take place. 
Pentin approached the cardinal outside the synod hall on Oct. 14.  The recording is here.
The problem is Pentin had identified himself at that time as a Register correspondent, which he is. And the Register did publish Pentin’s story with the Cardinal’s remarks (which can be read here).
Pentin is a freelance writer so he also pitches news to other outlets, including Zenit. After filing the story on the cardinal’s interview with the Register but before it was published online, he posted the transcript at Zenit. Pentin has since ...READ MORE

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Tooting Our Horn

06/26/2014 Comment

I’m delighted to share with our readers some significant kudos: Last week EWTN and the Register received recognition by the Catholic Press Association for journalist excellence in several categories. The awards were announced at the CPA annual convention held this year in Charlotte, NC. Judging is conducted “by a group of experts and Catholic press professionals,” according to CPA guidelines.

Most notable was the first place award for Best Front Page (broadsheet) for the Feb 24, March 10, March 24 print editions, which highlighted coverage of the papal transition (pictured). They were put together by our Managing Editor Tom Wehner, Associate Editor Amy Smith, News Editor Tom McFeely and...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Gimme Shelter/ Prayer and Peace

01/25/2014 Comments (1)

On Register Radio this week, I spoke with Kathy DiFiore, the founder of Several Sources Shelters, homes for pregnant women in crisis.  This woman’s remarkable story is part of the inspiration of the Hollywood film, Gimme Shelter, which premiers in theaters nationwide Jan. 24. It’s a film well worth seeing.

More than 30 years ago Kathy found herself in crisis with nowhere to go. She had just escaped her abusive husband and she was on the streets. Eventually she rebuilt her life. Her simply prayer throughout this time was that of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord make me a instrument of your peace…”

Indeed, she became just such an instrument. Shortly after settling into a new life in a new...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Women’s Dignity/ Apparitions True or False Part II

11/17/2013 Comments (13)

This week Dan Burke hosted both segments of the show.  First, he talked with Terry Polakovic, the founder of ENDOW, which stands for Education on the Nature and Dignity of Endow. (For full disclosure, I’m on the board of this organization.)

Terry outlined ENDOW’s mission “to engage the intellect of adult women and teenage girls so they can understand their God given dignity.” And she described the primary means by which they accomplish the mission.

“We create study materials for women and girls to use in small study groups. The idea was that women would get together much like a book club and study the teaching of the Church,” explained Terry.

Terry co-founded ENDOW 10 years ago...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Dolan USCCB Legacy/ Instruction on Medjugorje

11/11/2013 Comments (32)

This week on Register Radio I talked to Whispers in the Loggia blogger Rocco Palmo about Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s time as president of the United States bishops’ conference, which comes to an end Nov. 12. (Read Joan Desmond’s piece: Evaluating Cardinal Dolan’s Tenure)

In 2010, Dolan’s election to the presidency of the bishops’ conference came as quite a surprise. Rocco explained “since 1966 the foundation of the conference it was almost automatic that the vice president of the conference would be elected the next president.”

Yet, in the last election, the bishops changed course. Rather than electing the incumbent vice president Archbishop Gerald Kicanas, the bishops chose...READ MORE

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Register Radio: EWTN’s Lawsuit/ News of Women Religious

11/08/2013 Comments (17)

My guest last week on Register Radio was Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond. We spoke about the new lawsuit EWTN filed against the HHS mandate.

On October 28, EWTN filed a new legal challenge against the HHS mandate.

Joan covered the story for the Register, on radio she explained:“EWTN was one of the first religious nonprofits to file a legal challenge against the HHS mandate, and it really helped to break ground and get people looking at what the mandate presented to the Church, to religious nonprofits, as well as for-profit businesses that also oppose contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization in their plans based on Catholic teaching.”

The federal district...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Pope Francis, Our Brother, Our Friend / Our Lady of Lourdes

11/07/2013 Comment

I am catching up on a backlog of Register Radio shows. Two weeks ago on Register Radio, my guest was journalist Alejandro Bermudez. We spoke about his new book, Pope Francis, Our Brother and Our Friend, recounting interviews with Argentine Jesuits, who are personally know Pope Francis as a spiritual brother.

Alejandro was the translator for On Heaven and Earth, (listen to an interview about this book). His latest book includes a series of interviews of 20 people: 10 Argentine Jesuits and 10 others, including laypeople and priests.

Alejandro explains how some of the Jesuits would not go on record easily because they don’t agree with Bergoglio on everything. Yet, all of the...READ MORE

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Jeanette De Melo is the editor in chief for the Register. She recently became co-host to Register Radio along with Thom Price and Dan Burke. Before joining the Register staff in 2012, she served as the Archdiocese of Denver’s communications director, spokeswoman and general manager of the Denver Catholic Register, El Pueblo Católico, and the archdiocesan website. Prior to this position, she was the associate communications director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where in addition to managing media relations, she co-produced a weekly archdiocesan television program.