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Chicago's Cathedral (3458)

Holy Name is the spiritual heart of the Windy City.

01/03/2011 Comments (1)
Kimberly Jansen

– Kimberly Jansen

Resilience.

This single word aptly describes the Catholic clergy and faithful of Chicago, particularly at Holy Name Cathedral.

In just two years, this community has twice endured the closing of their church for months at a time.

In February of 2008, a large piece of the cathedral’s decorative ceiling fell to the floor and required every square foot of the roof to be restored and refitted (23,000 pieces in all). 

Not even a year later, an early-morning fire ravaged the church’s roof, destroying many recent repairs and leaving more than a foot of water in the sanctuary.

Amidst the utter destruction, however, hid a silver lining.

Engineers and firefighters later relayed that without...READ MORE

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'And With Your Spirit' (7210)

2011 will end with new sounds in church. Why many feel it will lead to a revival.

12/31/2010 Comments (21)
CNS photo/Paul Haring

The new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal is seen in Rome April 29. Announced by Pope John Paul II in 2000 and first published in Latin in 2002, the missal underwent a lengthy translation process and received final approval by the Vatican in 2010 for use beginning Nov. 27, 2011.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring



WASHINGTON — The year 2010 saw Vatican approval of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

2011 will be the year people in the pews finally start hearing it — and praying it.

The missal is scheduled to enter use on Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent. Dioceses across the country are already putting programs and timelines in place to prepare for the change.

The new translation is the result of years of work in response to the Vatican’s call for a more faithful rendering of the original Latin. It is also expected to more fully convey the sacredness of the texts of the Mass.

Father Richard Hilgartner, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat...READ MORE

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Singing the Mass (15210)

The editor of Sacred Music talks about current trends in liturgical music, his conversion to the faith through Gregorian chant, and what to expect from the new Missal.

12/30/2010 Comments (52)

Jeffrey Tucker thought he had heard it all in the world of music. Then he attended a chanted Mass.

Unlike the secular music he was used to, the simple chant he heard raised his mind and heart to God. This life-changing experience facilitated his conversion to the Catholic faith in 1985.

Unfortunately, he was disappointed with much of the music he heard in church. Tucker decided to do something about it. In 2002 he became a member of the Church Music Association of America, and has been the managing editor of the group’s journal Sacred Music since 2005.

Tucker is also editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, which bills itself as “the research and education center of...READ MORE

Filed under english translation of the missal, gregorian chant, jeffrey tucker, liturgy, music, third edition of the roman missal

Sudan on the Verge of a Vote (3496)

Bishop Gassis provides backgrounder for historic referendum on independence for the south.

12/29/2010 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey

A girl carries her sibling on her back in Pisak, a village in Southern Sudan's Central Equatoria state.

– CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey




Bishop Macram Max Gassis, 72, shepherds the Diocese of El Obeid, the largest of nine dioceses in Sudan.

The war-ravaged country, 10 times the size of Great Britain, is divided religiously and ethnically between the largely sub-Saharan African and Christian south and the Arab Muslim north, which wields power from the capital in Khartoum.

Until the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement halted a long civil war, more than 2 million Sudanese died as the north savaged the south. Bishop Gassis himself was forced into exile for testifying about Khartoum’s depredations before the United Nations, the U.S. Congress and the European Union. Since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement took effect, he...READ MORE

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Catholic Radio Making an Impact (7730)

The numbers prove it: Listeners return to church because of what they hear.

12/28/2010 Comments (25)
CNS photo/Bob Roller

Jeff Abbas, manager of KPVL-FM radio station in Postville, Iowa, is pictured during a live broadcast in 2009 in the studio. Catholic and other religious organizations hope low-power stations like KPVL will grow in number.

– CNS photo/Bob Roller

RENO, Nev. — New survey results on the effect of Catholic radio show what Catholic radio operators have long known: The medium is having a positive impact on listeners, their parishes and the Church.

The survey, conducted in November by MBA students at John Paul the Great Catholic University on behalf of the Immaculate Heart Radio network, showed that just over half the survey respondents are more active in their local parishes as a direct result of listening to Catholic radio.

“The results are overwhelming,” said Doug Sherman, founder and president of Immaculate Heart Radio, which broadcasts on 24 stations throughout the American Southwest. “We knew we were having an impact on people …...READ MORE

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Knights Were Not Silent (4511)

When the Knights of Columbus couldn’t display a manger scene on town property, they took their case to the Supreme Court. The result affected crèche displays nationwide.

12/24/2010 Comments (6)
Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

Father Brian Gannon (l) blesses the 2010 Trumbull Nativity display flanked by a Knights of Columbus honor guard.

– Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

TRUMBULL, Conn. — For the 15th straight year, the Knights of Columbus unveiled a crèche on the Town Hall green in the town of Trumbull, Conn., Dec. 19.

Fifteen years ago, it wasn’t as simple as it is today.

The Trumbull crèche became a national test case, and the Knights’ victory at the U.S. Supreme Court allowed groups to display Nativity scenes at Christmas on public property throughout the United States.

Bridgeport, Conn., Bishop William Lori, supreme chaplain of the Knights, was scheduled to preside at this year’s ceremony, but he was among those travelers stranded by severe weather in Europe.

In his place, Father Brian Gannon, pastor of St. Theresa Church in Trumbull, blessed the...READ MORE

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Chaplains Ignored in DADT Repeal Debate (3375)

Congress didn't heed the voices of many of those in the military, especially military chaplains. Here's what they think.

12/24/2010 Comments (7)
CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters

President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law at the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington Dec. 22.

– CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s signature Dec. 22 on the bill repealing the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy portends ominous consequences for the armed forces’ morale and fighting effectiveness.

That’s according to people who opposed reversing the Clinton-era compromise on military prohibitions on homosexuality dating back to the earliest days of the U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Navy prohibitions against immoral conduct were penned by John Adams in the mid-1770s.)

The new policy of allowing homosexuals in the military to be open about their same-sex lifestyles, they warn, also threatens the religious freedom of military chaplains. About 3,000 chaplains serve in the armed...READ MORE

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Hospital Stripped of ‘Catholic’ Seal (4454)

Bishop Olmsted tells the Register of St. Joseph’s ‘many other violations’ of Church teachings, where a nun last year approved an abortion.

12/22/2010 Comments (24)
CNS photo/ J.D. Long-Garcia, Catholic Sun

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix addresses members of the media and chancery staff during a Dec. 21 press conference at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. The bishop said he has spent seven years trying to get St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix to comply with Church teachings on abortion, sterilization and birth control.

– CNS photo/ J.D. Long-Garcia, Catholic Sun

PHOENIX — St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix can no longer be considered Catholic.

That is the decision Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix announced Tuesday.

Citing seven years of vain attempts to get the institution to comply with Church teachings on abortion, sterilization and birth control, Bishop Olmsted said in an interview with the Register, “What I’ve tried to do is make clear at the present time I cannot assure them St. Joseph’s Hospital is following the ethical directives of the Catholic Church.”

St. Joseph’s administration responded that the bishop’s declaration will not change how it does its work or its claim to be Catholic.

The president of St. Joseph’s, Linda Hunt, said in a...READ MORE

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