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This has been my sixth day in Rome. While I’m eager to share my perspective on the Synod of Bishops, I must first recount the beautiful scene this morning at the Canonization Mass, as seen from my breezy vantage point next to the Saints above the the south-west colonnades. “God, who does not wish for ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 10, 2008 (Zenit.org).- This has been the week of Popes at the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is present each day in the synod hall listening attentively to hours of interventions and open discussions. [He only missed two morning sessions and one afternoon session this past week ...read more
October is the month of the Rosary. Celebrate with us, as we bring you a new program from Family Theatre Productions that points us in the direction of Mary. Coming to Salt + Light Television Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern time, is Assumptions, a half-hour long drama making tangible the Mysteries of our ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 9, 2008 (Zenit.org).- For decades, the figure of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, has been at the center of some volatile polemics. The controversy has raged since the end of the Holocaust over whether the Pope did and said enough in defense of the Jews and other victims of the Nazis. The ...read more
Or is the word-play, “incredulous religion”?   Some of you may have heard of the new documentary – although it’s not what I would call a documentary; there is no objective presentation of more than one side in it – titled RELIGULOUS. It is produced and hosted by American Comedian (and anti-religionist) Bill Maher.   ...read more
My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease just a few months ago. When the family found out, there were some tears from the older kids, and not really much of an expression from the younger kids.  What do the younger ones have to understand about Parkinson’s?  My dad was just in the beginning stages, and ...read more
And Then More, and More Words  VATICAN CITY, OCT. 8, 2008 (Zenit.org).- If any biblical phrase could sum up the proceedings of these first days of the world Synod of Bishops on the “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” it is the opening of the prologue of John’s Gospel. The ...read more
In our faithfulness and trust and belief, we acknowledge that the Catholic Mass contains mysteries – the Holy Trinity and transubstantiation among them – which we embrace and celebrate. But what shouldn’t be mysterious is the Mass itself.  This hour-long celebration with our fellow Catholics shouldn’t be a confusing choreography of sitting, standing, and kneeling with prayers recited by rote interspersed between ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- I was always fascinated listening to the stories of how much of the Second Vatican Council took place in smaller, informal venues, rather than at the general sessions in St. Peter’s. Cardinal George Flahiff (1905-1989), former superior general of my community, the Congregation of St. Basil, and archbishop of ...read more
My younger sister just had a baby girl (Emma, the first grandchild for my parents) this past Sunday.  I learned earlier from my mom that she has been praying the Rosary Novena for Emma’s safe delivery.  The Rosary What???   I asked my mom.  I’ve heard of Novenas to St. Therese, to St. Joseph, to St. Anne, ...read more