My wife and I went out last weekend to an observatory site outside of the city run by the local astronomy society. We took our amateur telescope and joined a dozen others to look at and around the constellation Sagittarius, which is located in the southern skies now.
Yesterday on our Web site, we posted this commentary, A congress for the laity in Asia without the 'church of Asia'?, about a congress for Asian laity organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Here's a Catholic News Service story about the conference opening:
ProPublica, the independent, non-profit cooperative that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, is keeping a close watch on the Gulf Coast oil disaster. As other news outlets, seeemingly wrap up their coverage of the disaster, ProPublica keeps churning out reports.
Twenty one dioceses in the United States now have more than 200 permanent deacons, according to the latest report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.
Chicago, with 646, Trenton (442) and Galveston-Houston (383) lead all others. All U.S. diocese now have permanent deacons.*
In NCR's Sept. 3 print issue, Judy Gross writes about "the myriad pressures" of military chaplains. (See Spiritual leaders in the battle zones). She begins her story with Fr. Kenneth R. Beale, an active-duty Air Force major and chaplain who at the time of the interview was preparing for his ninth deployment since 1996.
Catholic News Service, today filed this story from the U.S. military archdiocese:
By Melanie Spencer
Catholic News Service
tHOUSTON -- Although the word "veterans" might conjure up visions of those close to or at retirement, veterans today are just as likely to be young people left injured physically or emotionally by war, says Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.
This is from the arts calendar for the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal:
Vermont artist Janet McKenzie won the National Catholic Reporter's competition for a new image of Jesus in 1999 and has received wide attention - both positive and negative - for her paintings ever since.
David Gibson says that:
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has come out strongly in support of the controversial Islamic center proposed for construction in New York, even as his party appears to be using opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" as a campaign issue.
Here's the story, from the Associated Press.
Church ministers whose own professional development budgets have been cut (I know that's the first to go) can still find enrichment without the airfare and hotel costs of a long-distance seminar.
Webinars on topics ranging from "Management for Ministry" to "Applying the Bishops' High School Curriculum to Parish Programs" are available for free. Yes, free!