Monthly Archives: November 2006

They are noble, these … basilicas in the mist…

As I have told you, Rome has been foggy… and YES, I am aware of the irony of that statement.
As I was writing another entry, I saw that the basilica dome was slowly becoming visible as the morning mists burned … Continue reading

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Pro Pontifice

From the the Enchiridion of Indulgences, #25:
A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of filial devotion, devoutly recite any duly approved prayer for the Supreme Pontiff (e.g., the Oremus pro Pontifice):
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Parish Mission Statements

I stumbled on an interesting blog called The Lair of the Catholic Cavemen where some tough talk is going on. It’s refreshing. The entry that caught my eye concerned parish "mission statements" which I have always found pretentious … Continue reading

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In honor of the Pope’s visit to Turkey

Pray for the Pope and that the trip will have a good outcome.

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China: “…a fatal blow to dialogue…”

The Pope is heading to the cusp of Asia and Europe.  There are delicate political and religious issues at stake.  Meanwhile, at the other end of Asia…. there are delicate political and religious issues at stake.  The Chinese are at … Continue reading

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AAAAAHHHHRRRRGGGGG! Just kidding.

Somebody PLEASE wake me up!
Biretta tip to Mark Shea
o{]:¬)

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Walking to work

I walk everywhere in Rome.  I get on a bus about three times a year,.. if I must. 
I walk to work.  That includes the Press Office of the Holy See.  No, I don’t work for the Press Office, … Continue reading

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Getting worked up over “The Nativity Story”?

The Catechism of the Council of Trent has an interesting paragraph suggesting that we not over complicate the situation:
Article 36. How To Think and Pray About Christ’s Virginal Conception
These points of teaching comprise the substance of what appeared to us … Continue reading

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Roman fog

We have had a lot of spooky fog at night this last couple weeks. Here’s an interesting shot last night from (different) window looking toward St. Agnes in the P.za Navona.

UPDATE: For an update on … Continue reading

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Trent & “Nativity”: Did the Blessed Virgin experience labor pains?

In the new movie "The Nativity Story" which premiered yesterday at the Vatican, the Blessed Virgin is depicted as having pain from labor and childbirth. It must be granted that the pain she is depicted as having was not has … Continue reading

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