Monthly Archives: January 2012

A glimpse of life along the Via Dolorosa

JERUSALEM — The sound of schoolboys playing and roughhousing echoes off stone walls as they run up an alley on their way home after a day of classes. An elderly man follows, admonishing them to settle down and stop disturbing … Continue reading

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Holy Land retreat connects New York cardinal-designate with his priests

JERUSALEM — Traveling with a busload of his fellow priests through the Holy Land is giving Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan of New York the opportunity to reflect on what his upcoming investiture as cardinal means for his priesthood. “Just to … Continue reading

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HHS ruling stirs editorial reaction in Catholic press

Catholic newspapers in their editorial pages have strongly and consistently criticized the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since its Jan. 20 announcement that there will be no change to a narrowly drawn religious exemption to a new federal mandate that all … Continue reading

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Text of papal message for World Communications Day

Here is the text of “Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization,” Pope Benedict XVI’s message for this year’s World Communications Day, marked in most dioceses the Sunday before Pentecost, which this year is May 20. The message was released Jan. 24, the … Continue reading

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Vatican news stats

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican doesn’t hold back when it celebrates today’s feast day of St. Francis de Sales — patron saint of journalists and writers. The Vatican press hall held an impromptu party serving spumante, chocolates and Italian panettone … Continue reading

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Plunging in for the environment…

In a winter that has only sporadically come close to normal cold temperatures, “real” winter made an unfortunately timed appearance Jan 21. The season’s first measurable snow, with an extra coating of ice, arrived in time to ensure a handful … Continue reading

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Mission Bangladesh: Visiting the country’s minority Catholics

Did you know there are Catholics in Bangladesh? Oblate Father Andrew Small, head of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, won’t get to visit all 344,000 Catholics, but he is visiting as many as he can during a … Continue reading

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