Daily Archives: 16 June 2009

Report on Acton U – I

Quite a few interesting people are here at Acton University.
There are people from 40 countries, including Nepal. There are many denominations and faiths. This is perhaps the most authentically ecumenical gathering I have ever been to. … Continue reading

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Off to Acton University

Last year I attended the fascinating Acton University, held annually by the Acton Institute.
It was so good, the people so interesting and happy, that I am back for more.
More later!

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Big news for the Archdiocese of St. Paul!

UPDATE: By now you have seen the news. 
Vatican Designates Cathedral of Saint Paul as National Shrine
The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of Saint Paul to be the first national shrine in honor of the Apostle Paul. This special distinction … Continue reading

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National Shrines

Now that the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul Minnesota has been made the National Shrine of St. Paul in this Year of St. Paul….
… what are some of the other National Shrines?  In the USA?  In your countries?
Just … Continue reading

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More social communications joy in the Vatican

More social communications news from the Vatican!
MySpace, Facebook users at Vatican hit firewalls
By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Vatican employees are now banned from accessing some social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace while at work.  [You … Continue reading

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Prayer request for murdered clergy

A priest and seminarians were killed in Mexico.
Please beg God’s mercy for them and for anyone who dares to raise a hand against the Lord’s annointed.

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REVIEW: The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read

Here is a very brief review of a book I received, The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read, published by Ignatius Press.  He was the author also of Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors and also Hell … Continue reading

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Archbp. Ranjith and Fr. DiNoia reassigned

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
VATICAN CITY, 16 JUN 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father:
 - Appointed Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, as archbishop of Colombo (area 3,838, population 5,760,248, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Urbi et Orbi blessing

From a reader:
I’ve read in several places, and heard at the time, that the twice-yearly papal Urbi et Orbi blessing grants forgiveness of all sin, and that there is a plenary indulgence attached to it. If the former is true, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: privileged altars

From a reader comes a good question:
Do the spiritual concessions attached to a privileged altar still apply? I heard from a priest that they no longer do. If a pastor of a church suspects his high altar was (or is) a … Continue reading

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