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Saint of the Day

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

  • Venerable Pierre Toussaint
    Born in modern-day Haiti and brought to New York City as a slave, Pierre died a free man, a renowned hairdresser and one of New York City’s most well-known Catholics.

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.

  • Those Who Want Housing, and Those Who Need It
    In London it’s become the fashion of wealthy homebuyers to supplement already sizable residences with cavernous subterranean lairs. In Manhattan it’s to move into a sky-high aerie, priced in the tens …
  • Anticipation and Climate Change
    In his beautiful new book Finding and Seeking, Christian ethicist Oliver O’Donovan offers an extended critique of what he calls “anticipation” as a basis for moral deliberation. Anticipation is of a “ …
  • Same-Sex Marriage 'Reality Check'
    Many who are responding to the 62.4% majority vote to nationally legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland are making much of Dublin archbishop Diarmuid Martin's frank but vague remarks in the New Yo …
  • Gay-friendly Catholics
    Following up on Ireland’s referendum in favor of same-sex marriage, Frank Bruni’s column in today’s New York Times (May 27, 2015) provides some interesting information but stops short of the difficult …
  • Now on the homepage
    We've just posted three new stories to the homepage. 1. In his latest Letter from Rome, Robert Mickens suggests the possible reasons behind the Vatican Secretary of State's "apocolyptic …
  • Remembering Vatican II at Georgetown
    When school ends professors go on the road. The conference season kicks into gear, and for teachers of theology it has all begun this year at Georgetown University with the 9th Ecclesiological Investi …

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.

  • A Florilegium in Honor of Oscar Romero
    Yesterday, May 24, Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in San Salvador in a public ceremony attended by 250,000 people.  I am without words:  this is such a profound and moving moment that I am real …
  • Motherhood and Hard Cases
    This Sunday (Mothers’ Day, coincidentally or not), a shocking juxtaposition appeared in my facebook feed, of the kind that somehow compels some response, even as I wonder how I can have the audacity t …
  • Interview: Geeky convert Leah Libresco teaches me to pray
    In June 2012, the blogosphere was rattled when Leah Libresco, a prominent atheist blogger known for her insatiable curiosity and staunch commitment to truth, announced that she had converted to Cathol …
  • The mercy of God in the hands of a priest
    Here is a lovely quote from the folks at Daily Gospel Online, taken from the sermons of St. Anthony of Padua.   It was included as the meditation on the healing of a leper by Jesus (Luke 5:12-16).  I …
  • A Song for Cuba
    My heart pounded as I stepped off the plane and boarded the shuttle that would take me to the terminal. I could hardly believe that I was about to enter the country that once stood at the centre of hu …
  • Book Review: Teachers as Easter People
    The People Wish to See Jesus: Reflections for those Who Teach By Pope Francis Translated by Michael O’Hearn The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2014 One of my favourite moments of the year is early autu …

The Deacon’s Bench

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

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