Monthly Archives: December 2011

Holy families to consider on the feast of the Holy Family

VATICAN CITY — Since Christmas was on a Sunday this year, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family today. At his general audience Wednesday, Pope Benedict talked about the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph being … Continue reading

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Letters in antique shop lead retired editor to write tribute to ‘ordinary soldier’

James Breig retired in 2008 after 37 years at The Evangelist, newspaper of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., where he had been a staff writer, assistant editor and then editor (for the last 25 years of his tenure). But retirement … Continue reading

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Update on the ends of the earth

We recently reported here about Msgr. Stephen Rossetti’s time in Antarctica as the Catholic chaplain to the American and New Zealand communities working for the National Science Foundation. Since that post, the priest also wrote for the the CNN Belief Blog where he said his planned … Continue reading

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Pope to ‘the city and the world’: God extends his hand to hurting humanity

VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square this morning for Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas Day talk and blessing “urbi et orbi” (“to the city and the world”). Speaking from the central balcony of St. … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — The Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square was unveiled this afternoon with a focus on Mary, the Mother of God. There were traditional Christmas songs played during the event and Pope Benedict appeared at his studio window … Continue reading

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Atlas may shrug, but Catholics likely to scratch their heads

By Adam Shaw Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) –- The DVD release of “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1” -– a screen adaptation of the first third of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel –- invites viewers of faith to reflect on the differences … Continue reading

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Reflections on ice

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor of pastoral studies and associate dean for seminary and ministerial programs at The Catholic University of America, is in a cold place. The priest, who spent more than 12 years at the helm of the … Continue reading

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