Monthly Archives: March 2012

Passover is around the corner — that means it’s matzah time

In the last couple of decades Catholic parishes have conducted Christianized “Seder” suppers. These “Seders” are not true Seders, of course, since they usually include Catholic prayers and symbols. However, they serve a couple of great catechetical purposes. The ceremony … Continue reading

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Boys of pope’s choir celebrate ‘family day’

By Robert Duncan Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — I recently tagged along with young members of the Sistine Chapel Choir for a private “family day” tour of the famous Vatican chapel. The boys, aged 8 to 13, came in … Continue reading

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Clericus: NAC Martyrs head to quarterfinals

ROME — The Pontifical North American College soccer team trounced St. Paul College 5-1 over the weekend and will head into the Clericus Cup quarterfinals. First year seminarian, Scottie Gratton of the Diocese of Burlington, Vt., scored four of the … Continue reading

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The joy of chocolate Easter eggs

By Bridget Kelly Catholic News Service ROME — A couple of weeks ago on my way home from class, I passed a young girl who was impatiently tearing open a beautifully wrapped Easter egg. Her eyes instantly lit up as she … Continue reading

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Video: Cuba’s patroness and the basilica that houses her

Learn about Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba’s patroness, and the basilica that houses her. Pope Benedict is honoring her tonight with an outdoor Mass in Santiago de Cuba, and tomorrow morning he will visit the shrine itself, … Continue reading

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Previewing the papal trip to Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Cuba this afternoon. Take a minute to check out some of our preview material: Few priests, few seminarians, but enthusiasm for Cuban church’s future Havana parish evangelizes with meals, hair salon and laundry service Cuban … Continue reading

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Waiting for the pope in Cuba

HAVANA — While Pope Benedict XVI was in the air on his way to Mexico this morning, Cuba’s foreign minister opened the official papal visit press centers in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. The pope arrives in Santiago de Cuba … Continue reading

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