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CV LOOP: Trump can remake federal courts

SPACE HERO // John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, dies at age 95. Catholics rightly objected to his voting record in the Senate. But all Americans can admire his service both in the military and aeronautics. John Glenn put his life on the life many times, both in battle (World War II) and also in [...]

A Bit More About Boy-Bishops

Judging from the viewing statistics, people really enjoyed the British Pathé video which we posted a few days ago of the installation of a boy-bishop in England in 1935. I mentioned in the post that I couldn’t find any recent Catholic...Show More Summary

If you like snow and horses and the Mother of God, you will like this.

Every year, around December 12, about 120,000 people descend on the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The shrine is officially connected to the shrine in Mexico, and is the only other shrine to our Lady of Guadalupe where pilgrims can receive the same favors and indulgences. Pretty [...]

Rorate Masses at Holy Innocents in NYC

The church of the Holy Innocents in New York City has scheduled ten traditional Rorate Masses this Advent, some sung and some read, six of them celebrated at 6:00 a.m., and one at 5:00 a.m., with three more to go. Despite the early hour, attendance has been good, usually around 40 people, with more than 70 at the very early one on Saturday the 3rd. Show More Summary

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2016

The nature and greatness of the blessed and glorious ever-Virgin Mary, is divinely declared by the Angel in these words: Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. For indeed, it was fitting...Show More Summary

Worth a Thousand Words: December in Provence

Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859–1929), December in Provence

Well Said: We are not put into this world to avoid danger

"It was very dangerous for her."“Yes, it was dangerous, but we are not put into this world, Mr. Burton, to avoid danger when an important fellow creature's life is at stake. You understand me?”I understood. Agatha Christie, The Moving Finger

Jesse Tree: Day 8 - Joseph

Our online Jesse Tree is to help us prepare for Christ's coming by studying His roots and Salvation History. Jesse Trees follow the same general outline but I've found they are widely varied in some of the details. Some may have one day for Moses, others may spend 4 days on different aspects of his life. Show More Summary

CV LOOP: Trump softens stance on deporting young immigrants

IMMIGRATION // President-elect Donald Trump says he is “going to work something out” for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children (commonly known as DREAMers). CATHOLIC // The Vatican’s CongregationShow More Summary

The Feast of St Nicholas in Byzantine Italy

Fr Hunwicke posted an article yesterday in which, with his characteristically marvelous wit, he describes St Nicholas as “a saint with as large a portfolio of Patronages as a Renaissance cardinal.” This is particularly true among Byzantine...Show More Summary

Photopost Request : Immaculate Conception 2016

Our next major photopost will be for tomorrow’s feast of the Immaculate Conception. Please send your photos (whether of the Ordinary or Extraordinary Form) to for inclusion. We are also always glad...Show More Summary

CV LOOP: Angela Merkel calls for burka ban

ISLAM // German Chancellor Angela Merkel now says the burka “should be banned wherever it is legally possible” and vowed never to repeat her “open-door” refugee policy of 2015. She faces election next year. ECONOMY // Poll:...Show More Summary

Immaculate Conception Mass Announcements: Palo Alto and Philadelphia

The St. Ann Choir will sing the Latin Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Thursday, December 8, 2016, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, California, (751 Waverly St. at Homer) at 8:00 p.m., featuring the Gregorian chants for the feast and the Missa Quarti Toni of Tomás Luis de Victoria. Show More Summary

Art Commentaries and Essays on the Blessed Virgin: A New Book by Fr Michael Morris

I am delighted to hear that a book containing essays and art commentaries by the late Fr Michael Morris will be released on December 8th. It is published by Magnificat, for whom he wrote for many years.I haven’t read the book, but will review it for this column as soon as I get hold of a copy. Show More Summary

Video of the Installation of a Boy-Bishop

The archives of British Pathé never fail to turn up all kinds of interesting things; here is a video of the installation of a boy bishop at a small church in England on St Nicholas’ day in 1935. From the Catholic Encyclopedia article on boy-bishops: “The custom of electing a boy-bishop on the feast of St. Show More Summary

‘A day which will live in infamy’

Even 75 years later, the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Dec. 7, 1941, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is “such a powerful event,” a priest-historian told Catholic News Service in an interview in advance of tomorrow’s anniversary of the attack. “Before that, we were debating whether to get involved […]

Please! A Simple Version of the Anglican Ordinariate Office for Lay People

Here is a both a request and proposal for the Anglican Ordinariate, if I may be so bold.Can you produce a version that can be reduced to a short booklet containing the Psalter and the unchanging prayers? If, in addition to that, we can...Show More Summary

EF Mass and '24 Hours for the Lord' at St Stephen's, Portland, OR - December 9th and 10th.

St Stephen’s parish in Portland, Oregon, is hosting a 24 Hours for the Lord as an Advent penance service, beginning at 6 pm on Friday the 9th with supper, followed by all-night adoration, and an EF Rorate Mass at 7 am on Saturday the 10th. Show More Summary

CV LOOP: Notre Dame not sure about inviting Trump

LOOP >> Some Loop readers were unable to click news links yesterday because of interrupted service from our email provider. The issue has been resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.  TRUMP // New pro-Trump group takes form, with...Show More Summary

Poland Proclaims Hope, Belgium Despairs, and America Must Choose

Last month, Poland formally proclaimed Jesus Christ her King. This was not only the Polish Catholic Church; the Polish people and President participated, too, clearly declaring the truth that all is under the authority of Christ. You can read more here. This is a great sign of Poland’s hope and of God’s power to restore [...]

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