Thanks for the plug!

Nothing like a nice blog plug for a CNS article: In case you missed our story yesterday on what parishes can do to support people with mental illnesses, a “30-something novice sister with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace” blogs about it and her friendship with one of the experts quoted in the story. Susan Rose Francois, CSJP, calls the article “a good read and a very important issue — for parishioners as well as clergy.” Thanks!

Diocese’s first permanent deacons reach 25-year mark

Members of the first deacon class in the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., were honored for 25 years of service to the church. The Florida Catholic interviewed some of the deacons, who recalled how they were steered toward the diaconate and what they’ve liked about their service.

The tragedy of mountaintop removal

Aerial views of Perry County, Kentucky, show the extent of the damage from mountaintopping. South Wings, an association of volunteer pilots which assists nonprofit environmental groups, took the religious leaders up.St. Anthony Messenger magazine’s current issue includes a report on how the Catholic Committee of Appalachia is working with interfaith leaders to expose the full cost of coal-generated electricity.

Archdiocesan paper profiles local Catholic radio station

Morning show listeners wake up to KBVM's Dina Marie Hale.Catholic radio programming has been expanding, as we reported last year, but in the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., a station that’s been on the air for 18 years is described as one of Portland’s best-kept secrets. The Catholic Sentinel in Portland profiles KBVM Radio and notes that one of its current challenges is reaching out to the Northwest’s growing Hispanic community.

Team captain presents soccer ball to pope


Giovanni Langella, captain of the AC Ancona soccer team, presents a soccer ball to Pope Benedict XVI after the pontiff’s weekly general audience at the Vatican Oct. 10. The pope blessed team members. (CNS /L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters) (Oct. 12 , 2007)