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  • Catholic rite elevates Mary shrine to basilica

    It wasn't a new gut-gripping ride that attracted the visitors and locals to Orlando's tourist corridor Saturday. Rather, they flocked to the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe facing Interstate 4 for a ceremony commemorating Pope Benedict...
  • Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski is replacing Miami archbishop

    Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski is replacing Miami archbishop
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope has accepted the resignation of Miami Archbishop John Favalora and named Orlando's bishop to replace him. Favalora in December turns 75, the normal retirement age for bishops. Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday accepted his...
  • Why a liberal Catholic is embarrassed

    In his recent L.A. Times article, "None So Blind," Jason Berry describes Chicago's Cardinal Francis George, who is about to assume leadership of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, as arrogant and callous. But George's character and attitudes are not...
  • Pope's new edict on the priesthood

    Pope's new edict on the priesthood
    The Roman Catholic Church requires its priests to refrain from any sexual relationship, whether heterosexual or homosexual. So one might think that the sexual orientation of an aspirant for the priesthood would be a nonissue -- especially in light of...
  • Mass confusion, or the rite stuff?

    On Easter, I attended Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Pittsburgh, Pa., the church where I was baptized and confirmed and where I executed the exquisite choreography required of altar boys in the early 1960s. But, as Thomas Wolfe might have put it, you can'...
  • Choosing my religion

    A colleague and fellow cradle Catholic once told me about a revealing conversation with her parish priest. When she had described an acquaintance as an "ex-Catholic," the priest objected. There were no ex-Catholics, he said, only bad Catholics. I...
  • Vatican suggests excommunicating Mexican drug traffickers

    Decrying the violence that Mexicans are enduring, the Vatican has suggested excommunication as a possible punishment for drug traffickers whose war with the government has led to the deaths of thousands of people in the last year. But the Roman...
  • Thomas Dillon dies at 62; president of Thomas Aquinas College

    Thomas Dillon dies at 62; president of Thomas Aquinas College
    Thomas Dillon, the president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula who during an 18-year tenure passionately defended its strict adherence to Catholic teaching and devotion to a curriculum emphasizing the "great books" of Western civilization, died...
  • Female conductors crack the glass podium

    Female conductors crack the glass podium
    In March, Xian Zhang made history: The Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra in Milan appointed the 35-year-old conductor to the position of music director, making her the first woman to earn that title with an Italian symphony orchestra. Pope Benedict XVI attended...
  • 15 hostages freed as FARC is fooled in cunning operation

    15 hostages freed as FARC is fooled in cunning operation
    Armed forces disguised as rebels Wednesday rescued former Colombia presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three U.S. defense contractors and 11 other hostages held by leftist insurgents, in a daring operation that delivered the latest in a series of...
  • Abducted archbishop's body is found in Mosul

    Abducted archbishop's body is found in Mosul
    The body of a Chaldean Catholic archbishop who was abducted by gunmen last month was discovered Thursday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, and a car bomb killed 18 people in Baghdad. Mosul Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho's body was found by police in...
  • Women and religion

    According to the New Testament, women were among the earliest followers of Jesus and played an important role in early Christian communities. Even today, the "man in the pew" is likely to be a woman. But women in many Christian denominations continue to...