Monthly Archives: April 2011

New request: Turn cell phones on at church

Parishioners are often advised to turn off cellphones or pagers in keeping with the solemnity of the Mass. But a story in Our Sunday Visitor suggests something contrary. It says priests should ask  parishioners to actually turn on their mobile devices. “You would surely hear gasps as people wonder … Continue reading

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TV programs explore real-life stories of forgiveness

By John Mulderig Catholic News Service NEW YORK – Here are a couple broadcasting highlights for this weekend you might want to consider watching: a family-friendly, made-for-television movie  on Fox and a PBS special that explore real-life stories of forgiveness. The film, … Continue reading

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Vatican deeply concerned over relations with China

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican commission on China expressed deep concern over worsening relations with the Chinese government, and appealed to authorities there to avoid steps that would aggravate church-state problems. Specifically, the commission urged Chinese authorities not to persist … Continue reading

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Making life better for those on the margins

Camden, N.J., population 79,000, is a tough place. Just ask Msgr. Bob McDermott. Pastor of St. Joseph Pro Cathedral in the city across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Msgr. McDermott has a tough task ministering in a city ridden with … Continue reading

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Opening prayer for Mass for ‘Blessed John Paul II’ on his Oct. 22 feast day

(UPDATE: Full story.) VATICAN CITY — The Vatican just published a notice about the worldwide celebration of Masses of thanksgiving for the beatification of Pope John Paul II as well as the more restrictive rules for celebrating his feast day … Continue reading

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Vatican invites Catholic bloggers to dialogue

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is opening a new avenue for dialogue, this time with Catholic bloggers. The pontifical councils for culture and for social communications are inviting bloggers to the Vatican May 2 so the Vatican can “listen to … Continue reading

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Confirmand raises bar for re-gifting

First communicants and confirmandi are often given the gift of cash from well-meaning (but gift-giving-challenged)  friends and family members. The recipients can then buy something for themselves — or they could follow the example of  Brianna Montecalvo   and donate the cash to a … Continue reading

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