May 2012

Exhibit Shows Bible’s Evolution, Beauty, Endurance

Desecration, censorship, the ravages of time, and even nesting mice have been unable to destroy the Word of God, handed down for millennia by people of faith. The endurance of Sacred Scripture is the centerpiece of an interfaith exhibit called Verbum Domini, which brought to the Vatican rare biblical texts and artifacts spanning a period from [...]

“Verbum Domini” Exhibit on the Bible

Natalia Tsarkova celebrates after using a replica of a Gutenberg printing press at the Verbum Domini exhibit. She was assisted by Clifford Keister of the Green Collection. Who among us does not have maybe four or five copies of the Bible at home? Perhaps there is Grandma’s Bible, a little worn, together with one [...]

The Bishops vs. Obama

Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass in April that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.” “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] be Catholics by conviction,” Jenky said. “In our own families, [...]

A Mass that Concerns the Pope

With a letter written personally to Cardinal William J. Levada, Benedict XVI has ordered the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to examine whether the Neocatechumenal Masses are or are not in keeping with the liturgical teaching and practice of the Catholic Church. A “problem,” in the Pope’s judgment, that is “of great urgency” for [...]

Welcoming Accommodations Run by Religious Orders

Many of our readers regularly ask for a list of reasonably inexpensive and convenient places to stay in the Eternal City. We offer this updated list every two years or so for our readers. The list is not exhaustive. It includes some of the hotels and pensions already reviewed in these columns, and some which we [...]

A Troubling Case

“If Cardinal Schönborn will rethink his decision, and will consider all these aspects and consequences of his decision, I sincerely hope and pray that he will take it back.” —Prof. Joseph Seifert   The case of the openly homosexual Austrian Catholic whose election as president of his parish council was first overturned by his parish priest, [...]

Waiting for John Paul II’s Canonization

Reverend Slawomir Oder was born in Poland in 1960 and was or­dained at the age of 28, but he has spent most of his life as a priest outside of Poland, in Rome. He studied at the Lateran Pontifical University, where he obtained his doctorate in both canon and civil law; he also taught at Rome’s [...]

The Last Great Painter of the Italian Renaissance

Self-portrait of Jacopo Comin, known as Tintoretto, as a young man. If you ask even some experienced art historians about the identity and works of Jacopo Comin (September 29, 1518-May 31, 1593), they might conceivably draw a blank, yet he was one of the Venetian School’s greatest painters and probably the last great painter [...]

Cardinal Ignace Daoud, Former Syriac Catholic Patriarch, Dies at 81

Blessed John Paul II creates Ignace Moussa I Daoud a cardinal in the consistory of February 21, 2001(Galazka photo). Cardinal Daoud. Mourning the death of Syrian-born Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, who died April 7 in a Rome hospital, Pope Benedict XVI also prayed for the people of the Middle East “living through difficult [...]

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