U2 Singer Bono's Ode to Mary

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:59 PM Comments (0)

In a recent Rolling Stone magazine interview with Brian Hiatt, U2’s Bono says that the song “Magnificent” is inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“All music for me is worship of one kind or another,” says Bono.

The song appears on the band’s new album, “No Line on the Horizon.”

“Magnificent was inspired by the Magnificat, a passage from the Gospel of Luke in the voice of the Virgin Mary that was previously set to music by Bach,” says Bono. “There’s this theme running through the album of surrender and devotion and all the things I find really difficult.” 

The lyrics include: “Magnificent, Magnificent, I was born, I was born to be with you in this space and time. I was born, I was...READ MORE

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Miracle for Baltimore Blessed?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:51 PM Comments (0)

Blessed Frances Xavier Seelos

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Archdiocese of Baltimore is initiating an investigation of a possible miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.

Blessed Francis Seelos, a 19th-century Redemptorist priest who was born in Germany in 1819 and was ordained a priest in Baltimore in 1844 a year after he came to the United States to minister to German-speaking immigrants, was beatified in 2000.

The archdiocesan investigation involves the remarkable recovery of Annapolis, Md., resident Mary Ellen Heibel in 2005 from cancer that had spread to her lungs, liver, stomach and chest, after she prayed to Blessed Francis for help.

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'Stonewalling' by Obama

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 3:27 PM Comments (0)


President Barack Obama implicitly endorsed the entire homosexual agenda in the remarks he made yesterday commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots by homosexual activists in New York.

Here is Obama’s blanket endorsement of homosexual rights, delivered near the conclusion of his comments:

We must continue to do our part to make progress — step by step, law by law, mind by changing mind. And I want you to know that in this task I will not only be your friend; I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you.

Earlier in his talk, delivered at the first-ever “LGBT Pride Month reception” at the White House, Obama provided a...READ MORE

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Faith Heats Up in Atlanta

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:24 PM Comments (0)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta at his archdiocese's 2007 Eucharistic Congress. (CNS)

Catholic bloggers Sherry Weddell and Rocco Palmo have drawn attention to the vitality of the Church in Atlanta.

According to Weddell, who is co-director of the St. Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo.:

Atlanta: One of the healthiest dioceses I’ve ever worked in where the diocesan staff are openly disciples (yes, I am implying that this is not always the case). Orthodox, wonderfully creative and not driven by fear. This may be one consequence of living in the Bible Belt, where it is normal for Christian faith to manifest in public and where Catholics don’t feel as besieged by the culture. The renewal in Atlanta started about 15 years ago, and one of the major catalysts...READ MORE

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St. Paul, Model for Priests

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:57 AM Comments (0)

In this video posted by the Vatican at its YouTube site, Pope Benedict XVI links two Church events — the closing yesterday of the Year of St. Paul and the current Year for Priests that began June 19.

In his ministry, the Pope said, St. Paul “represents a magnificent model to be imitated ... in love for Christ, in zeal for announcing the Gospel, in dedication to communities, in elaborating effective summaries of pastoral theology. St. Paul was an example of a priest completely identified with his ministry.”

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Michael Jackson’s Faith

Monday, June 29, 2009 5:02 PM Comments (0)

Michael Jackson in 1999. (CNS/Reuters)

The Catholic News Service blog spotted this article Michael Jackson wrote for Beliefnet about his upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness and his spiritual beliefs as an adult.

In the article, entitled “My Childhood, My Sabbath, My Freedom,” Jackson wrote:

When people see the television appearances I made when I was a little boy—8 or 9 years old and just starting off my lifelong music career—they see a little boy with a big smile. They assume that this little boy is smiling because he is joyous, that he is singing his heart out because he is happy, and that he is dancing with an energy that never quits because he is carefree.

But while singing and dancing were, and undoubtedly remain,...READ MORE

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There’s a Catholic App for That

Monday, June 29, 2009 4:40 PM Comments (0)

This YouTube video about Catholic applications available for the iPhone needs little explanation.

But with iPhone interest spiking again with this month’s release of a new iPhone model, the YouTube spoof of Apple’s real iPhone ads is very timely. (H/t to Patrick Madrid’s blog, where we spotted the video.)

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More on the New Encyclical

Monday, June 29, 2009 4:03 PM Comments (0)

Damian Thompson, blogs editor of the Telegraph newspaper, suggests that Catholics who view the Church from a primarily political perspective are going to be uncomfortable with Pope Benedict XVI’s new social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth).

That goes for both those who are on the political left and on the political right, according to Thompson, who bases his assessment on leaked excerpts from the encyclical published by Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper:

But, according to Corriere della Sera, the Pope will not condemn globalization as evil in itself. Like his other two encyclicals dealing with love, this one will be an elegant theological argument proceeding from...READ MORE

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