Monthly Archives: December 2008

Thomas Merton, 1915-1968

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, one of the 20th century’s most influential Catholics. His death through a freak accident in Bangkok, Thailand, came 27 years to the day he entered the Abbey … Continue reading

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Need a smile? Check this out.

People who know me say I spend way too much time on the Internet. That may be true, but it also means that I’ll find hidden gems while looking for something else, like this item from the blog of the … Continue reading

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Black Catholics and the Obama victory

No matter what one’s political leanings, it’s hard to deny the historic nature of an African-American being elected president of the United States. We explored the mixed views of black Catholics toward a pro-choice African-American candidate in a story two … Continue reading

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14-hour day a snapshot of an archbishop’s routine

Ever wonder what makes up the day of a bishop or archbishop? Sure, we have our ideas, but do we really know all that goes into the typical day of a diocesan leader? Wonder no more. In its current issue, … Continue reading

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Story highlights bishop’s membership in Facebook

The Arkansas Catholic has a story in its current edition about Little Rock Bishop Anthony B. Taylor’s membership in Facebook, where he has more than 800 “friends” on the social networking site. We’ve blogged here before about Facebook and how … Continue reading

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Jail sentences loom for four peace witnesses

Four peace witnesses were convicted of trespassing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in a Dec. 4 trial in U.S. District Court in Santa Barbara, Calif. Their crime: stepping two feet across a green line on a roadway limiting where protesters … Continue reading

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Vatican Christmas tree to be recycled for toys

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican will recycle its Christmas tree — and not for firewood, paper or mulch. It will be turned into wooden toys, toy chests, benches and other things that children can decorate and use. Yesterday’s edition of … Continue reading

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