Happy New Year! Pray Tell’s Best of the Decade #6-10

It is officially a new decade and to celebrate, we have collected the most popular articles published on Pray Tell since its first publication in 2010. Here are numbers six through ten.

10. Design for New Port-au-Prince Cathedral Unveiled

Chase Becker – December 20, 2012

After the devastating earthquake destroyed Cathédrale Notre Dame de l’Assomption in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a design competition took place for the new Cathedral. Segundo Cardona and six other architects from Puerto Rico won the competition. Seven years after the publishing of Baker’s article, the cathedral reconstruction hasn’t made any significant headway.

9. Pastoral Difficulties with Recently Ordained Priests

Anthony Ruff, OSB – January 26, 2015

A year after Pope Francis referred to newly trained priests as “little monsters,” Anthony Ruff did an anonymous interview with three diocesan officials about the difficulties with some of the newly ordained priests that were coming out of seminaries.

8. Table Graces

Rita Ferrone – November 21, 2012

The day before Thanksgiving in the United States, Rita Ferrone started an open thread asking people to share their meal prayers and general customs around praying before/after meals. This led to a wonderful discussion in the comment section. Many people took the time to share their favorite prayers.

7. Madison Diocese: Funerals & Notorious Homosexual Unions

Editor – October 22, 2017

To put it lightly, this was a very controversial piece that went out. Pray Tell received news from an anonymous source that James Bartylla, the vicar general of the Diocese of Madison, sent remarks giving permission to priest to refuse a funeral for “a person in a homosexual civil or notorious union.”

6. An interpretation from Pope Francis of the new Sign of Peace decree

Anthony Ruff, OSB – January 23, 2015

About four years ago, Pope Francis made a statement in the Philipines by moving from behind the altar to share peace with some of the members of the congregation. This was months after then perfect of the Congregation of Divine Worship Cardinal Llovera wrote that priests should not be doing exactly that.


  1. Great list, but not a new decade. 2020 is the last year of the decade that began on Jan 1, 2011. There was no year 0, so we went from 1 BCE to 1 CE. The first decade was from the beginning of year 1 CD to the last day of 10 CE.

    Happy New Year to all PT readers!! Holiness, happiness, and health in abundance, as well as peace, joy, and grace!

    1. The 2020s (pronounced “twenty-twenties” or “two thousand (and) twenties”, shortened to “the ’20s”) is the decade in the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 2020, and will end on December 31, 2029.

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