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Fr. Benedict Groeschel - author, retreat master and preacher - dies


Fr. Benedict Groeschel, a Franciscan priest whose long beard, gray robes, prolific writings and often controversial views made him a distinctive and popular presence in Catholic media, died Friday at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa, N.J.

Groeschel was 81 and had been in declining health.

Grosechel had been out of the spotlight since 2012, when he made controversial comments that blamed some victims of sexual abuse by priests for inviting the molestation.

What do Americans pray for? Themselves. And maybe a sports team

When Americans aren't busy praying for themselves or their own needs -- and most of them are -- many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, according to a new survey.

About 13 percent of Americans who pray say they pray for sports teams, compared with about one in five (21 percent) who say they have prayed to win the lottery, the new survey from LifeWay Research suggests. 

Preview: 'Surf City' Franciscan rides the waves


On Sept. 7, Huntington Beach, Calif., held the seventh annual Blessing of the Waves, with more than a thousand people attending the interfaith event. That included Fr. Christian Mondor, an 89-year-old Franciscan affectionately known as the "Surfer Priest," who spoke with NCR before the ceremony.

NCR: Is there a theme that directs each Blessing of the Waves?

ITC appointee Sr. Prudence Allen on Network sisters


Five women have been appointed to the International Theological Commission, including Sr. Prudence Allen, a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. Formerly chair of the philosophy department at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, she is now a member of the chaplaincy team at Lancaster University, England.



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