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Archive for July, 2016

A Papal Prayer for Peace and Protection from Violence and from Terrorism

Vatican news published a prayer of Pope Francis “for peace and protection from violence and from terrorism” that the Pope prayed yesterday upon visiting the Church of St. Francis in Krakow, which houses the relics two Polish Franciscans killed by the Maoist guerilla organization Sendero Luminoso in Peru in 1991.  I think the prayer is […]

French Muslims attend Mass today

This is not a question of interreligious prayer (which is a delicate question), but of interreligious encounter.

Viewpoint: How Christians Can Deal with the Experience of Suffering

We are participants in God’s gift by being with the sick person, not primarily by talking or offering explanations of sickness and dying.

Prayer and/as Political Speech

The prayer offered at the Democratic Convention by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, in a perhaps odd way, put me in mind of some of the things that get said in the debate over the orientation of the priest in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Linguistic comparisons

No wonder we have such problems with liturgical translations….

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Request: Reading Suggestions for Undergrad Theology Class

I want the students to think hard about how some people find worship attendance to be meaningful, related to their daily life, a constitutive part of their value system, and the like, and also how some people who reject organized religion find meaning and values and a fulfilling life.

Terrorist Attack at Tuesday Morning Mass in France

News sources today are reporting that there has been a deadly attack on a church in Normandy France.

Wanted: Resources for Chanting the Psalter

This is a call out to Pray Tell participants for suggested resources for chanting the psalms daily. … My friend’s inquiry has left me “as lost as a Jesuit in Holy Week.”

NPM Awards and Scholarships

The Pastoral Musician of the Year award was given to Jaime Cortez.

Huge Gap Separates Pope Francis from Liturgical Traditionalists

Catholic traditionalists continue to underestimate the Argentine pontiff.