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Saint of the Day

St. Anthony Messenger presents an illuminating profile of a saint commemorated today.

  • Blessed Anthony Grassi
    Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his father’s devotion to Our Lady of Loreto. As a schoolboy he frequented the local church of the Oratorian Father …

America

“In All Things” offers daily commentary from the nation’s most influential weekly Catholic journal, America, published by the Jesuits since 1909.

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Commonweal

Updates from “DotCommonweal,” the blog of the prominent U.S. lay-edited weekly Commonweal, published since 1924.

Whispers in the Loggia

Rocco Palmo reports on international Church developments from Philadelphia on his widely-read blog Whispers in the Loggia.

Vox Nova

Church Social Teaching is the focus on this blog by various Catholic writers seeking to discover the connection between faith and public life.

  • The Moral Wounds the Torture Report Reveals
    Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a redacted version of the 500+ page  executive summary (in PDF) of its mammoth report on the CIA’s use of torture in the decade after 9/11.  My co …
  • “The Truth Eventually Wins Out”
    These were the words of Michael Hayden when he gave the commencement address at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012.  I wrote a little something on this issue over here.  A preview: When gra …
  • Happy and Blessed Feast of the Guadalupe, 2014
    To all of our readers, I wish a most happy and blessed feast day of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, patronness of Mexico, patronness of the Americas.    For today’s feast I offer Las Mananitas from the B …
  • Some Thoughts on the Torture Report
    ON TUESDAY, SENATE DEMOCRATS RELEASED DETAILS of the torture program authorized at the highest levels of the Bush administration and perpetrated in the early years of last decade, in the immediate aft …
  • On Divorce: Ratzinger Then and Benedict Now
    It seems that Pope Emeritus Benedict has changed his mind, and wants to make it  known that he is repudiating an argument he made forty years ago.   Six years ago the Pope asked Gerhard Mueller, then …
  • Prayer for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
    In honor of this feast of our Blessed Mother, below is a prayer composed by Pope Francis and recited by him last year to mark the feast.   I wish you all a happy and grace filled feast day. Holy and I …

The Deacon’s Bench

Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn offers interesting news related to Church life and society on his blog.

  • Stephen Colbert’s Top Catholic Moments
    As MCPF (My Close Personal Friend) Stephen bids farewell to his show at Comedy Central tonight, Busted Halo has a nifty roundup of top Colbert Catholic moments. This one below, however, remains, my al …
  • Cancer patient gets her wish granted, meets Pope Francis
    From CBS News:  Since birth, they’ve called her “one tough cookie.” Now, Gracie West is living up to that nickname as she fights cancer. She’s had nine rounds of chemotherapy, and when asked if she co …
  • Resurrection: After tornado, parish rebuilds, consecrates new church
    Some good news, just in time for Christmas, from The Joplin Globe in Missouri: It wasn’t wrapped in red and green paper, and it certainly wasn’t sitting underneath a tree, but the new St. Mary’s Catho …
  • How Pope Francis helped make history with Cuba
    From The Boston Globe: The restoration of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, as well as a prisoner exchange that secured the release of American Alan Gross, was brokered, in …
  • Serving at table: the deacon who used to be the chef for Cèline Dion
    I love this story, from The Catholic Review in Baltimore: If you’re looking for a unique, Maryland-related gift for Christmas, perhaps the place to start is at a parish gift shop, such as the one nest …
  • Do Catholics support torture?
    Is the pope Argentinian? From The Washington Post:  According to a new poll released Tuesday by The Washington Post and ABC News, a majority of Americans believe that torture of suspected terrorists c …

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