Monthly Archives: September 2009

Pet blessings across the U.S.

Pets and farm animals across the country get a special church blessing Oct. 4, the feast day of  St. Francis of Assisi. These outdoor blessing ceremonies — on parish grounds or church parking lots — involve creatures great and small. To find out … Continue reading

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Enough church stats to keep any numbers geek happy

Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, known as CARA, now has a blog that digs into the whys and wherefores of statistical reports on the church. For instance, a recent post compares data on how often Catholics … Continue reading

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The Holy Pony Express

VATICAN CITY — When the Vatican press office has an important letter, document or package to pick up or drop off, it uses its own private courier service. The Vatican office had been using a car, but somehow it was decided to substitute … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Keeping the focus on Jesus’ compassion

By Paulist Father Tom Holahan One in a series ROME — Last night I was shocked when, discussing the recently restored version of “Godfather III,” no one agreed that the church was treated unfairly. While the story touches on the … Continue reading

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Pope’s departure talk in Prague

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s speech at a departure ceremony Monday at the end of his three-day visit to the Czech Republic: Mr President, Dear Cardinals, Brother Bishops, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, … Continue reading

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Pope’s words to young people in Prague

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s multi-lingual greetings to young people following a Mass in Prague Monday: Dear Young Friends, At the conclusion of this celebration I turn to you directly and I … Continue reading

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Pope’s homily in Prague on feast of St. Wenceslas

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily at a Mass in Prague Monday celebrating the feast of St. Wenceslas, patron saint of the Czech Republic: Dear Cardinals, My Brother Bishops and Priests, Brothers and Sisters in … Continue reading

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