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Pope Francis will no longer impose the pallium on Archbishops

A letter dated 12 January was sent out to all the nunciatures by Msgr. Guido Marini, the papal Master of Ceremonies.  HERE
Pope Francis has changed the way the pallium will be distributed to new Metropolitan Archbishops.
The pallium is a liturgical … Continue reading

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Of Cardinals and Canaries

A post by the distinguished scholar Fr. John Hunwicke caught my eye. Here it is, in toto, but do check the comments over there as well.  My emphases:
Cardinal Rodriguez [That’s Oscar Card. Rodiguez Maradiaga… Archbp. of Tegucigalpa, sometimes referred to … Continue reading

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Life with Capuchins? Take me back to jail!

A priest friend sent this, no doubt to amuse and edify.
From the Daily Mail:
Criminal serving his sentence with monks pleads to be sent back to prison… because monastery life is too hard
A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Send Fr. Z Christmas cards from around the world – UPDATE

ORIGINAL Published on: Dec 22, 2014
Do people still send Christmas cards?  I have fewer this year than usual.
Some one remarked to me, jokingly, that I didn’t have a lot of Christmas Cards.
First, he couldn’t know that and, second, he wasn’t being serious.
Still, … Continue reading

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San Francisco parish takes step in right direction. Sky falls on pastor’s head.

UPDATE 29 Jan:
I had this note from a reader:
Check out how much the faithful have donated to support Fr. Illo in his decision for altar boys at Star of the Sea- $22K so far in 1 day!
God bless you!
_____ Originally published on: Jan … Continue reading

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Washington DC attacks religious freedom of Catholic schools

I was alerted to this terrible development.
From the Cardinal Newman Society.  Check out their feed on my sidebar.
Mayor Signs Coercive Bills Damaging Religious Freedom of D.C. Catholic Schools, Colleges
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed into law two bills … Continue reading

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Card. Burke’s sermon on marriage

His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke recently celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the faldstool in the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere in Rome.   The Mass took place the day after the close of the conference of the Confraternity of … Continue reading

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I can see why Pope Francis is concerned.

After all, who knows what sort of monster one of those rabbits might turn out to be? You might need the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
[And before there are objections… yes, I … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Help Franciscan Friars!

UPDATE 27 Jan:
I thought you might like a follow up about the collection taken for the Franciscan Friars.
Here is what I received from my friend who is coordinating the project for them.
I wanted to give you an update on the … Continue reading

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Another triumph for peace in our day

Huge progress has been made in the Vatican in the cause of peace!   In the wake of the planting of the peace tree (HERE) and the peace match (HERE), a bold new policy initiative will certain have a calming, peaceful … Continue reading

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