Monthly Archives: December 2007

The pope’s red shoes, but not his phone number

Perhaps not content with writing the preface to a children’s book, Pope Benedict XVI’s private secretary, Msgr. Georg Ganswein, is co-author with Christine Schropf of a slim volume, “Why Does the Pope Have Red Shoes?” The original German version — “Warum Tragt … Continue reading

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Bhutto assassination recalls struggles of church in Pakistan

Today’s assassination of Benazir Bhutto is also an occasion to reflect on the impact of the Catholic Church in Muslim-majority Pakistan. As this story from 2005 notes, “Catholic missionaries have educated some of Pakistan’s most influential politicians,” including Bhutto as well as current Pakistani president … Continue reading

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Barn Mass celebrated in Indiana

Ever heard of a “barn Mass?” I hadn’t either — and I once worked in Iowa! — until I read about a barn Mass celebrated earlier this month in Kokomo, Ind. One participant told The Catholic Moment in the Diocese of … Continue reading

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More on coping with grief at Christmas

Dec. 25 has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean Christmas is over. And so, following up on our post about Christmas for the lonely and grieving, here’s another story on holiday coping mechanisms that is worth sharing if you … Continue reading

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Mary not just for Catholics anymore

During this holy Christmas season, Mary’s role in the Incarnation is a topic central to our Christian faith. Many articles appear this time of year in both the religious and the secular press examining who Mary was and what various … Continue reading

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Tony Blair’s low-key conversion, Part 2

Tony Blair’s reception into the Catholic Church this Christmas season also is a reminder of how silly the speculation was that the former British prime minister would announce his conversion at the Al Smith Dinner in New York City when it … Continue reading

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Local Santa embraces annual role

Who among you can resist the following headline?  — “Better be good, Santa Claus is already in town” (from the Arkansas Catholic)

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