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VIDEO: Saturday Night Live Goes to Mass

A new SNL video is eagerly being shared on Facebook because … it treats “church” like a normal thing. There is no crass joke riffing on the clergy abuse scandals … instead there is the priest who changes speeds during the sung part of the Mass. There is no joke about repressive angry religious people. [...]

Sing We Noel — Let the Christmas Carol Insurgency Continue! (Video)

The word “mob” gets a bad rap, since when large groups of people suddenly coalesce in a public space, unfortunate things often happen. But in the case of a musical or dance or theater flash mob, the result can be lovely. In a world stripped of the sacred and starved for real beauty, the ongoing [...]

Sing ‘Hallelujah!’ — From Silent Monks to Malls to the Airport

One wonderful thing about the Christmas season is hearing songs about Christ and His birth everywhere you go — yeah, in between the odes to Frosty, Santa Claus and chestnuts, there’s always a “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” or “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” — and singing similar songs in public, getting more smiles [...]

He Who Must Not Be Named: 10 Christmas Jesus Disses

Like it or not, Jesus is coming this Christmas. Many people don’t like it at all. Some call it Christophobia, though that designation recently took a hit. Some call it “the war on Christmas” but Stephen Colbert and others have mocked that into near oblivion. Whatever you want to call it, modern American culture loves [...]

The Catholic St. Paul’s Choir School Celebrates Christmas on CD and PBS

Boston has long been a focal point of the Catholic Church in America, for good and ill. But the Faith endures, and now one of its local institutions has delivered a thing of pure beauty for Christmas. Available now for download and on CD from Universal Music Classics/Decca Records, “Christmas in Harvard Square” is a [...]

‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns’ Portrays the ‘Reality’ of Religious Life

Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.” Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a [...]

Tenor Daniel Rodriguez ‘Would Love’ the Pope to Hear His New Christmas CD

When it’s suggested he send a copy of his new self-produced CD, “A Glorious Christmas,” to Pope Francis, tenor Daniel Rodriguez says, “I would love to! Could you send it to the Vatican? Well, you know what, I’ll put one in the mail today. He would love this album.” Unlikely as it is, Rodriguez says [...]

Pentatonix Hails Mary on New Christmas CD

Ready it or not, it’s the Christmas season — and it’s fitting that one of the first bits of new music honors the woman who made it all possible. It’s true that, on balance, Catholics spend a great deal more time thinking and talking about — let alone praying t0 — Mary, the Mother of [...]

NBC’s ‘Parenthood’: Producer Jason Katims on Amber’s Choice for Life

It’s one thing when the Church urges young women to choose life, but it’s quite another thing to see one woman’s decision played out in a secular context on primetime network television. In some ways, it’s even more powerful, and deeply human. On Friday, Nov. 7, NBC threw a party on the Universal Studios lot [...]

Dr. Tim Gray on Middle East Christians: ‘They have an amazing witness’

Scripture scholar and Catholic speaker Dr. Tim Gray of the Augustine Institute graduate school in Colorado makes yearly pilgrimages to the Holy Land and is deeply concerned with the plight of the indigenous Christian populations, under siege as their Muslim neighbors war against them and each other. On Sept. 25, he was the keynote speaker [...]


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