Monthly Archives: October 2009

Oprah discovers a book CNS readers knew about in 2008

Oprah’s latest book club selection, “Say You’re One of  Them” by Jesuit Father Uwem Akpan, should sound familar to CNS readers.  When Elizabeth Rackover reviewed it for us last year, she found some of the Nigerian priest’s short stories difficult … Continue reading

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Confessions of a former FBI intern

As a young man James Carroll, the Boston Globe columnist, author and former priest, stepped into his father’s shoes while studying at Georgetown University in Washington. For one summer, he was an FBI intern; his dad served in the FBI until … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: A reflection on black spirituality

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series As a result of the current Synod of Bishops for Africa in Rome, there is a renewed interest in the African church.  While many Americans feel, at best, a distant connection … Continue reading

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Alaska archbishop finds Scouting has a spiritual side too

Scouting doesn’t get a lot of recognition these days. Whether it’s a wilderness adventure or learning a new skill, the diverse programs of the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts offer young people the chance to become better prepared for life. … Continue reading

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Knights on horseback at papal audience

VATICAN CITY — A group of Knights of Malta and members of the Italian forestry police from the region around L’Aquila — devastated by an earthquake last April — rode their horses the 70 miles from L’Aquila to the papal … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: A hospital bedside marriage

By Maryknoll Father Michael J. Snyder One in a series DAR ES SALAAM, Tananzia — I had been away from Tanzania for one month enjoying a vacation with family at home.  The highlight of the vacation was presiding at the … Continue reading

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An ‘A’ for accuracy?

During a Sept. 30 symposium in Washington on how self-described progressive Catholics can reframe media coverage of church issues, speakers talked about one thorny media problem for Catholics of all stripes: the shrinking number of reporters with religion as their beat. Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, … Continue reading

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