Watching Egypt in Gratitude

Christina Strain is a senior at my alma mater, the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. She is also a first generation American — her family fled pending death in Lebanon and then the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Last weekend she wrote about her gratitude that she can worship in peace: As I was walking to Church this morning, I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am.  I... More

Pope to young people: Drive Safely!

Parents, consider this an arrow in your quiver when talking to your kids about road safety: At the end of today’s general audience the Holy Father greeted members of the Italian association “Figli in paradiso: ali tra cielo e terra” (Children in paradise: wings between heaven and earth) which brings together members of families in which children have died. “Do not let y... More
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Bishop Soto on the First Christian Text Message: “IHS”

A little gem from Bishop Soto of Sacramento: As parents already know, if you want to talk to a teenager, send a text message. Before he began his homily during the National Catholic Youth Conference’s closing Mass Nov. 21, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., pulled out his cell phone. “Let’s see. You put the message in. Then the number. Then you hit ‘Send,’&... More

Losing faith in Bonnie Erbe {updated}

How much longer will young Catholics have to put up with aging, bitter liberals like Bonnie Erbe predicting the imminent demise of the Church? Bonnie writes for US News & World Report and hosts a show on PBS (so our tax-payer dollars are helping to pay her salary). Today she wrote a column for the Scripps Howard News Service entitled, “Losing faith in the Catholic Church’s directio... More

Offbeat: Sunday Mass at 2:30AM?

This is from last week but seems appropriate to post after the weekend: Old-time Pittsburghers remember when a church in the city offered services in the early morning hours for employees who worked odd hours. One church is now bringing that tradition back with a 2:30 a.m. service. … The early-morning Mass tradition began in 1905 and was frequented by employees from seven daily newspapers... More

Offbeat: “JP2″ Nightclub opens up in Roman Basilica’s Crypt

It appears that papists visiting the Eternal City have a new watering hole to checkout! The Wall Street Journal reported last week: The crypt of the Basilica di San Carlo al Corso near St. Peter’s Square has boasted tombs of cardinals for centuries. Today it is taking on a livelier vibe. Rev. Maurizio Mirilli, head of youth ministry in Rome’s Catholic Church, has converted a sectio... More

Offbeat audio: Electro-pop band Ooberfüse selected for official UK papal visit song

Discovering papist techno music is a humorous tradition here at AmP, stretching back to the amusing discovery of the “Habemus Papam Benedictus Mix“, where someone actually layered the announcement of Pope Benedict’s pontificate with a techno soundtrack. So, in that same tongue-in-cheek spirit, I offer to you today “Heart’s Cry“, a song by the UK electro-pop band... More

Opinion: Wasting the quarter-life crisis

I was intrigued when I first saw the headline of this U.S. Catholic article: “Transforming the quarter-life crisis.” I have many Catholic friends in their 20′s and 30′s who are in the process of discerning their vocation, career, etc, so the topic is of great personal interest to me. I was very let down, however, by author Michael Sanem’s attempts to show what a Catho... More

World Youth Day 2008: 425 days and counting!

Hey, it’ll be here before you know it! This is an overdue post on the topic of World Youth Day 2008, which will be held July 15th-20th in Sydney, Australia. First, some recent updates. CathNews reports that they’ve chosen an official theme song for the event: “Receive the Power” by former Australian Idol star Guy Sebastian. According to the WYD coordinator, Bishop Anthony F... More

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