Think Christmas, and many carols come to mind. But think of Holy Week and Easter -- and most draw a musical blank.
Faith & Parish
At an upbeat Mass in a maximum security prison, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Holy Week resonates with inmates, who can relate to Jesus' arrest, captivity and trial.
Is it blasphemy to wash the feet of women at Holy Thursday Mass? There is no simple answer to that question.
Major seminaries are erecting new buildings and upgrading basic facilities to meet the growing need of giving priestly formation to students in Vietnam. This comes amid a relaxation of seminary enrollment rules by the government.
Cardinal John Baptist Pham Minh Man of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese told NRC that in recent years the government has eased its limitations on recruitment, priestly ordination and the reshuffling of priests.
Commentary: In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks God to "remove this cup." Who among us has not asked the same of God at one point?
Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park on Sunday, the day before the Jewish feast of Passover was to begin.
Although none of the three dead were Jewish, local police and the FBI labeled the killings a hate crime the day after the shootings. A former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism was charged in connection with the killings.
Mark Gray of CARA recommends that parents wanting good Catholic offspring should raise their children Protestant but make sure they marry a Catholic spouse.
True, his advice is admittedly tongue in cheek, but it is based on good social science data. In a fascinating blog posting, Gray, the Nate Silver of Catholicism, analyzes the data on converts to the Catholic Church.
A host of questions remain, but long-delayed testing on a slip of papyrus dubbed "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" show it is not a modern forgery.
Correlation does not equal causation, but in 20 years, the share of Americans claiming no religious affiliation grew, as did Internet usage.
Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously.