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The Secular Christmas Season is Actually Secular Advent

Here’s why I no longer get annoyed when I see Christmas décor in stores in September. It was usually the last Sunday of Advent, and sometimes even Christmas Eve, that my parents would put up the tree. The familiar crackling sound of the antique record player and Andy Williams crooning Sleigh Ride in the background always filled me with that warm Christmassy feeling. My father was a liturgical musician, and the one thing he was...

Pope Francis: Be Surprised by Jesus This Christmas

Pope Francis in the Paul VI hall Dec. 13, 2017. (Daniel Ibanez/CNA.) The Holy Father said Christians must help ‘at least one poor man’ to celebrate Christmas and avoid a celebration filled with the ‘shimmering glow of the world.’ Vatican City — Make space for wonder and surprise this Christmas, Pope Francis asked Christians Wednesday, explaining that the first Christmas had many surprises — including that God came into the world as a tiny baby....

The One Simple Thing Everyone Should Do for Advent

Let Christ in and let the love of this tender child cleanse the miserly temple of your heart. Advent is a time that includes so many beautiful traditions and pieties to help provoke a melting of our hard and grimy hearts before the baby Jesus comes anew on Christmas Day. These traditions can weigh us down instead of lifting us up if we do not have the right spirit. Simplicity is everything, and being attuned...

Was Shakespeare Part of a Covert Catholic Resistance Movement?

New book suggests that in Elizabethan England, the Bard’s works communicated secret codes. K.V. Turley The debate over whether William Shakespeare was a Catholic, the nature of his religious beliefs and their relationship to his work has reignited with the publication of a new book, Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion and the Poems That Challenged Tudor Tyranny (PublicAffairs) by Clare Asquith. Building upon her 2005 work Shadowplay: The Hidden...

A 10-Point Primer on the Lord’s Prayer Kerfuffle

Is Pope Francis likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer? What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Several newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis is likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. This is causing concern in some quarters. What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Let’s take a look … 1) Is Pope Francis...

Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson in Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) Like Christopher Robin, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Steven Spielberg’s Hook, Mary Poppins Returns is yet another revisionist sequel about childhood whimsy lost and regained. Steven D. Greydanus In the last 10 minutes or so of Mary Poppins Returns, something truly magical happens. First, Dick Van Dyke shows up, virtually reprising his brief secondary role from Mary Poppins as the...

National appeal supports elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests

  Tue, Dec 4th 2018 10:00 am Retirement Fund for Religious Coordinator The Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps enable religious congregations to provide health care and residential planing for thousands of retired religious. (WNYC File Photo) The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Buffalo. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order...

Hawk-tion fundraiser at Cardinal O’Hara celebrates 25 years

  Tue, Dec 11th 2018 03:00 pm Cardinal O’Hara High Schol Board Chairman Michael Rizzo congratulates Kathy Miskey on being one of the 25 people honored for helping make Hawk-tion a success over the past 25 years. TONAWANDA — A silver anniversary is an occasion to celebrate. At Cardinal O’Hara High School, this year’s Hawk-tion, held on Nov. 9, celebrated its 25th year of the school’s most successful fundraiser. Mike Rizzo, a 1980 graduate and...

Msgr. McCarthy praises new gym at Baker Hall

  by PATRICK J. BUECHI Wed, Dec 12th 2018 12:00 pm Staff Reporter Msgr. Leo McCarthy speaks during the blessing and dedication of the gymnasium named after him. A lifelong youth coach and advocate for “Father Baker’s,” Msgr. McCarthy chaired the fundraising drive and renovations of Baker Hall School’s gymnasium. (Dan Cappellazzo/Staff Photographer) The gym is more than a place for games. It is where young people learn to obey a set of rules, work...

Many differences but one common denominator to March for Life

  Representatives from the Diocese of Buffalo gather on the National Mall to begin the March for Life in January. The Office of Pro-Life is organizing buses to Washington, D.C., for those who want to participate in 2019. (Courtesy of Pro-Life Department) Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of other Catholics will be taking a pilgrimage of public witness to Washington, D.C. They are calling for the end of abortion in the United States. The...