CNS STORY: No ‘Yahweh’ in songs, prayers at Catholic Masses, Vatican rules

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the not-too-distant future, songs such as "You Are Near," "I Will Bless Yahweh" and "Rise, O Yahweh" will no longer be part of the Catholic worship experience in the United States. At the very least, the songs will be edited to remove the word "Yahweh" — a name of God that… Continue reading CNS STORY: No ‘Yahweh’ in songs, prayers at Catholic Masses, Vatican rules

Lord of All Hopefulness

One of my favorite hymns from the Liturgy of the Hours is “Lord of all Hopefulness,” based on the Irish tune Slane. I found these two versions on YouTube, and think they are both good in their own way. The first is Winchester Quirister Harry Sever. This second one, I can’t tell if it’s offered… Continue reading Lord of All Hopefulness

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings The Church’s Catechism tells us that “Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and… Continue reading Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Mass

Readings: James 4:1-10 | Psalm 23 | Matthew 5:2-24 Tragedy has a way of freezing time for us, of creating a kind of horrible snapshot that we’ll never forget, no matter how hard we try. Growing up, people always used to say that they’d always remember where they were when John F. Kennedy was shot.… Continue reading Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Mass

Mel Gibson’s Apology a Model of Contrition

From CATHOLIC LEAGUE for Religious and Civil Rights “Mel Gibson’s apology is a model of contrition, and it reflects the genuineness of his faith. Indeed, it stands in stark contrast to the ‘If you were offended’ type of apology that we are so accustomed to at the Catholic League. We trust that most Jewish leaders… Continue reading Mel Gibson’s Apology a Model of Contrition

Cardinal George to Undergo Surgery for Bladder Cancer

Cardinal George to Undergo Surgery for Bladder Cancer "I ask my fellow priests, the religious, all Catholics in the Archdiocese and other friends and colleagues to pray for me. I trust that the Lord will give me the strength and grace I need during these next days and weeks." In some ways, this seems like… Continue reading Cardinal George to Undergo Surgery for Bladder Cancer

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CNS STORY: ‘Da Vinci Code’ draws laughs from journalists at press screening

CNS STORY: 'Da Vinci Code' draws laughs from journalists at press screening CANNES, France (CNS) — Toward the end of the movie "The Da Vinci Code," the main character, Robert Langdon, tells his sleuthing partner, Sophie Neveu: "You are the last living descendent of Jesus Christ."   That line, meant to be the dramatic apex… Continue reading CNS STORY: ‘Da Vinci Code’ draws laughs from journalists at press screening

Our New Bishop: J. Peter Sartain

On Tuesday, May 16, 2006, the Apostolic Nuncio announced the appointment of Bishop J. Peter Sartain (pronounced Sar’-tin) as the Fourth Bishop of Joliet.   Bishop Sartain was born on June 6, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee. On July 15, 1978 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Memphis. He was appointed as… Continue reading Our New Bishop: J. Peter Sartain

CNS Movie Review: United 93

CNS Movie Review: United 93 NEW YORK (CNS) — Is it too soon for a big-screen drama about Sept. 11, 2001? Does anyone really want to relive the events of that awful day? Can any film that makes the attempt avoid the specter of exploitation? Those questions will surely percolate in the minds of prospective… Continue reading CNS Movie Review: United 93

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