Russell Shaw’s clerical quartet

The past 40 years have been a troubled era for the church in America.

Catholic commentator Russell Shaw knows all about that. Indeed, few people have been more intimately acquainted with the ups and downs of these turbulent times than Shaw, a former spokesman for the U.S. bishops’ conference.

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“Confessing ‘round the clock”

Two clients have reports today about the planned “24 Hours of Confession” March 6-7 in New York City. Here’s the National Catholic Register’s item, and here’s Our Sunday Visitor’s.

Barbie turns 50, but looks no worse for wear

This story about Barbie turning 50 in The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is just plain fun.

Then on top of it, another staffer at the Review decided to get in on the action by blogging about the story, the event and comparing herself to the curvaceous-plastic bombshell.

Lenten page-turners: Out-of-the-box reading for penitential season

During Lent, we welcome extra disciplines into our lives for the sake of growing deeper in our faith and in our love for God and neighbor. One of these disciplines includes spiritual reading.

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Daniel Medinger reflects on 24 years at The Catholic Review

Daniel Medinger broke into the news business at age 10.

Reporting on stolen bicycles and the introduction of pumpkin-flavored ice cream at the neighborhood ice cream parlor, he posted handwritten articles on telephone poles and in the windows of local businesses in La Crosse, Wis.

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Arizona parish holds vigil during president’s high school visit

MESA – Hundreds of protesters lined up along Guadalupe Road, waiting to give President Barack Obama a piece of their mind.

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Clericus Cup kicks off

Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradona famously attributed his controversial handball goal that helped eliminate England from the 1986 World Cup to “the Hand of God.”

It remains to be seen if any similar “divine intervention” will occur in this year’s Clericus Cup, the annual soccer tournament in Rome between teams representing Catholic seminaries and universities.

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