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Daily Archives: 11 May 2009
The Holy Father at Yad Vashem. Present were President Shimon Peres, Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin, President of the Council of "Yad Vashem" Rabbi Israel Meir Lau. He lit a flame and left a wreath, met with survivors and … Read More
Do any of you have and use a Kindle? or plan to get the new Kindle DX? This sounds like an interesting device. It is super flat and is meant to bridge the gap between reading from papers or books … Read More
A few days at St. John’s on the East Side
I may be in NYC for a few days!
I should be in Grand Rapids, MI for a few days.
Meet Mrs. Rose-breasted Grosbeak. You can how the beaks of the Pine Siskins and Goldfinches are shaped to dig seeds out of thistles and other plants with small seeds. This guy hasn’t found the birdbath yet. Finally… PENJING REPORT Penjing … Read More
The Holy Father’s speech at the "Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center" in a meeting of people representing different religions in the region of the Holy Land. Of note are his comments applicable to inculturation and also the internet. My emphases … Read More
Vatican Press Office Statement regarding unscheduled Remarks by Sheikh Tayssir Attamimi during the Inter-religious Meeting at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Centre Statement of Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Press Office of the Holy See: "The intervention of … Read More
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I imagined something would happen to create tension. No surprise that something controversial would happen during the Pope’s trip to the Holy Land, right? This is in from the Jerusalem Post. Sheikh attacks Israel, pope walks out Chief Islamic Judge … Read More
Someone sent a photo of her son receiving 1st Holy Communion. Nice! The world keeps turning and we must keep turning toward the Lord.
On his blog Musings of a Pertinacious Papist, Philip Blosser offers the following interesting commentary. You should definitely go over there and read the comments that follow, but this is worthy of discussion here. My emphases and comments. Revisiting the … Read More
My friend John L. Allen, Jr, the nearly ubiquitous fair-minded correspondent for the dissenting National Catholic Reporter has a report with reflections on the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land. My emphases and comments. Tel Aviv/Jerusalem, Israel Especially in light … Read More
Here is an interesting piece from Catholic Culture. My emphases. Prominent rabbi urges Pope to say Jews need not convertMay 11, 2009 The co-chairman of the Bilateral Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See is urging … Read More
The fine Italian language blog Rinascimento Sacro has an interesting post (my translation). Canizares: either Ranjith or a BenedictineAndrea Tornielli The illness of the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Card. Canizares, now well overcome, caused the delay of … Read More
Here is a list, thanks to Sober Inebriation 70 Bishops so far 1. Bishop John D’Arcy, Fort Wayne-South Bend2. Cardinal Francis George, Chicago3. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Galveston-Houston4. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Milwaukee (–> NYC)5. Archbishop John Nienstedt, St. Paul-Minneapolis6. Archbishop Eusebius … Read More
From CNA: English-speaking priests called to Rome for ‘Year for the Priests’ seminar Harrisburg, Pa., May 10, 2009 / 08:41 pm (CNA).- In honor of the 223rd birthday of St. John Vianney, two of the largest English-speaking associations for parish … Read More