Independent Catholic News: Celebrating the life and poetry of John Bradburne

Independent Catholic News: Celebrating the life and poetry of John Bradburne. “Earlier this month the John Bradburne Memorial Society (JBMS) launched its 100-day Poetry Project, in honour of the life and work for his Centenary Year in 2021. For the following 100 days, leading up to John’s 100th Birthday on 14 June 2021, prominent figures and supporters will read out one of John’s poems on the Society’s YouTube channel. (See link below) You can also visit the JBMS poetry website where Professor David Crystal has compiled all of John Bradburne’s poetry to an online database.”

American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online

American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online. “Researchers can now search hundreds of thousands of records containing detailed information about people buried in eastern Massachusetts Catholic cemeteries through a new online database, thanks to a partnership between American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Archive Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB), and The Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (CCA).” You will have to have a membership to American Ancestors.

Angelus News: Vatican Radio to launch web radio on 90th anniversary

Angelus News: Vatican Radio to launch web radio on 90th anniversary. “The web radio, debuting Feb. 12, will make Vatican Radio broadcasts available over the internet in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Armenian. The broadcasts will also be available via the Radio Vaticana app. Vatican Radio already transmits via radio waves, shortwave, satellite, DAB+, and digitally.”

Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts (New York Times)

New York Times: Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts. “Sometimes, when you think globally, you can be paralyzed: There are so many places of apparently ceaseless conflict; there’s so much suffering and need. I find it helps to focus on concrete situations: You see faces looking for life and love in the reality of each person, of each people. You see hope written in the story of every nation, glorious because it’s a story of daily struggle, of lives broken in self-sacrifice. So rather than overwhelm you, it invites you to ponder and to respond with hope.”

ITALY: Online museum launches featuring life of St. John Bosco (Mission Newswire)

Mission Newswire: ITALY: Online museum launches featuring life of St. John Bosco. “Casa Don Bosco Museum, located in Turin, Italy, remains open online in compliance with the rules imposed to counter COVID-19. Visitors from all over the world can visit the virtual museum through the website. The museum provides an exhibition of the origins of the Salesian founder St. John (Don) Bosco’s educational and spiritual life.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Church cancels world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage over pandemic

Sydney Morning Herald: Church cancels world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage over pandemic. ” Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation on Monday of what’s considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage, for the Virgin of Guadalupe, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mexico’s Episcopal Conference said in a statement that the basilica will be closed from December 10-13. The Virgin is celebrated on December 12 and for weeks in advance, pilgrims travel from across Mexico to gather by the millions in Mexico City.”

Catholic Leader: Revisit Australia’s Catholic history all the way back to 1788

Catholic Leader: Revisit Australia’s Catholic history all the way back to 1788. “With the global health crisis impacting the [Australian Catholic Historical Society]’s decades tradition of recounting Australian Catholic history, the society has published a fascinating collection of the history of the Catholic community in Australia on their website. The online library includes a timeline with links that stretches back to 1788 – the year the first Mass was celebrated in Terra Australis – newsreel footage dating back 1932 when thousands marched through Melbourne for St Patrick’s Day, and hours worth of links to online historical accounts of the Catholic Church, including video, podcast, journals and other internet entries.”

PR Newswire: Churches Near Me’s New Website a Lifeline for Struggling Catholic Churches (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Churches Near Me’s New Website a Lifeline for Struggling Catholic Churches (PRESS RELEASE). “Visitors to the site can search for a Catholic Church by city, state, language, and rite. Also available for each church are Mass times, phone number, website, and whether the church offers amenities such as food banks, thrift stores, bingo, and festivals.”

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious. “The Vatican Library has revamped its website to serve scholars better and facilitate navigation for the curious…. Some of the new features, [Msgr. Cesare Pasini] said, include more powerful and expanded search functions, and registered researchers can now easily ask staff questions and order digital reproductions of manuscripts, texts and other materials from the libraries collections.”

AP: 26 deaths in 3 US convents, as nuns confront the pandemic

AP: 26 deaths in 3 US convents, as nuns confront the pandemic. “At a convent near Detroit, 13 nuns have died of COVID-19. The toll is seven at a center for Maryknoll sisters in New York, and six at a Wisconsin convent that serves nuns with fading memories. Each community perseveres, though strict social-distancing rules have made communal solidarity a challenge as the losses are mourned.”

National Catholic Reporter: US bishops wrestle with whether or how to open churches

National Catholic Reporter: US bishops wrestle with whether or how to open churches. “For the past few Sundays, Bishop Peter Baldacchino has been celebrating Mass from a stage located in front of the church. There he prays near the cathedral parking lot, every other space filled to assure proper distancing, with ushers pointing directions to driver worshipers. Many of the parked parishioners hear the liturgy via their car radios. Some close their windows in recognition of the pandemic. The host is distributed at each car via ministers in masks and gloves.”