Catholics

6:12am

Thu January 23, 2014
Code Switch

A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:48 pm

Worshippers are brought to tears at the Wednesday night Charismatic prayer meetings at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in the Bronx, New York City.
Marlon Bishop Latino USA

In the Saint Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx, Wednesday night is prayer meeting night.

Fifty people gather in the spare assembly room for a ceremony that looks very different from a Catholic Sunday Mass.

For one thing, the service is led by a woman rather than a male priest. She preaches excitedly while a rock band of young Salvadoran immigrants backs her up.

Some people in the audience hold up their hands; others are swaying gently. There are tears in the crowd.

Suddenly, the woman stops speaking in Spanish and begins speaking in tongues.

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6:14am

Sun November 17, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

Slowly, Priest Realized Celibacy Was A 'Destructive' Force

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 7:46 am

Thomas Groome is the author of "What Makes Us Catholic."
Caitlin Cunningham Boston College

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

In 1968, Thomas Groome was ordained as a priest. Even then, he wondered about the requirement that priests remain celibate.

"I was in an old Irish seminary back in the late '60s, early '70s," he tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "At that time, we thought everything was going to change," because the church had recently made changes to the mass.

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10:13am

Sun October 27, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 3:07 pm

After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.
Courtesy of the artist

The modest, cream-colored '50s-era chapel that's home to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Houston looks like many other places of worship you might find in urban America. The first clue to a unique tradition here pulls up Sunday afternoon.

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3:26pm

Tue October 1, 2013
World

Pope Francis Says The Court Is The 'Leprosy Of The Papacy'

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:37 pm

Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with young people last month in Cagliari, Italy.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Pope Francis is meeting on Tuesday with his closest advisors, a hand-picked lot of like-minded cardinals, to discuss the direction of the Roman Catholic Church.

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6:00am

Mon September 30, 2013
World

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII To Become Saints Next April

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:06 am

Pope John Paul II in 1982
Hulton Archive Getty Images

The Vatican said Monday that it has set April 27, 2014, as the date that popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be "raised to sainthood."

Their canonization will come on "the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy," the Holy See added.

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