Monthly Archives: December 2009

A yearly story: creches and controversy

Early last week I received a call from a man in Wilkes Barre, Pa., who was very upset when he looked out from his office across to the Luzerne County Courthouse lawn and saw that for the first time in years there … Continue reading

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Coping with Christmas blues

Although few seem to mention it, not everyone experiences Christmas joy during the holiday season. A story in The Compass, diocesan newspaper in Green Bay, Wis., highlights how the Christmas season can be a difficult time for those who have recently, … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: What we learn from video games

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series When I was a child my parents bought an Atari video-game console for my brother and I.  As it was situated in the living room, it was not long before the … Continue reading

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Catholics who have made their mark in Iowa

A couple of recent issues of The Witness, Dubuque’s archdiocesan newspaper, draw attention to some prominent Iowa Catholics. The paper highlights Father Thomas Zinkula, an archdiocesan priest who has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Cornell College for his … Continue reading

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Christmas on the big screen

The end of the Christmas rush of shopping, baking, decorating and card writing provides the perfect time to sit back and watch some Christmas classics.  Those looking for some good movies they might have forgotten or never seen should check out this story from the Catholic  New … Continue reading

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John Paul II and Pius XII move closer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY — As expected (see our post below), Pope Benedict today officially declared that Pope John Paul II had lived a life of “heroic virtues,” a major milestone toward his beatification. But the big surprise was that Pope Benedict also … Continue reading

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1959: Sen. Kennedy cautions Democrats

Here’s a news item from this time of year in 1959: Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., cautioned Democratic leaders that if he were denied the presidential nomination because he was a Catholic, “it could grievously damage the party.” The New … Continue reading

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