Monthly Archives: February 2008

‘Retired judge makes his own black history’

For Black History Month, the Catholic Explorer in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., interviewed a retired county court judge who says he leaned heavily on his faith in his 15 years on the bench. Raymond Bolden, who asked the Holy … Continue reading

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Is this ‘The Year of Benedict’?

Will 2008 be the year of Barack Obama? Or perhaps, for entirely negative reasons, it will be the year of Roger Clemens. Or, how about Benedict XVI? You might expect that a Catholic newspaper would choose the pope, but you might be impressed … Continue reading

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Bethlehem ‘Milk Grotto’ article touches readers

Writing about Bethlehem’s Milk Grotto, where Mary is said to have nursed Jesus as they fled to Egypt, sounded like a nice Christmas feature story. The grounds had been renovated, the grotto was small and intimate and there were signs of … Continue reading

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‘Why we defend the guilty’

Ron Yengitch defends criminals for a living because the law says everyone deserves a strong defense, according to the Intermountain Catholic in Salt Lake City. Read this story of a Catholic who applies his faith to his work as a defense … Continue reading

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More to ‘pay it forward’ for Lent

The “Pay It Forward for Lent” contest of The Catholic Spirit in St. Paul, Minn., (previous posts are here and here) just keeps growing. Click here for the latest update.

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Two rosary-makers, two different stories

The Catholic Courier in Rochester, N.Y., has a story of two people of different ages in the diocese who, as the story says, “share a common passion: making and giving away rosaries.” Frank Pettrone has been making rosaries for nearly a … Continue reading

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An unexpected highlight of a trip to Lourdes

When visual media manager Nancy Wiechec and I went to Lourdes, France, to illustrate how pilgrims celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions, we never expected to be touched by a young woman who communicated with her smile and … Continue reading

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