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  • Pope approves miracle attributed to American nun

    12/18/2013 3:30:57 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 18, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has approved the attribution a miraculous healing to the intercession of a young American nun, opening the way to her beatification. Born and raised in New Jersey, Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) entered the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1926 and died one year later, taking her religious vows one month before her death.The miracle that opens the way for the beatification of Miriam Teresa Demjanovich involves the restoration of perfect vision to a boy who had gone legally blind because of macular degeneration. Silvia Correale, the postulator for Sr Teresas cause in Rome, said...
  • 1500-year-old church found under Turkish lake

    01/31/2014 1:34:36 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    cathnews ^ | January 30, 2014
    A Byzantine church has been discovered underneath Lake İznik in Bursa, a province known as one of the most significant places in Turkey for Christians, reports Today's Zaman.The church is assumed to be St Peter's Church, which appears in many different sources of Christian history, although no evidence to support that has yet been found. Mustafa Şahin, chair of Uludağ University's department of archeology, said detailed research is being undertaken by Turkish experts on Byzantine history.'We will share the findings with the public as soon as we get detailed information,' Şahin said. The church has been named one of...
  • Byzantine-era church uncovered in Israel

    01/23/2014 9:46:08 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    A 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) say the Byzantine-era structure "probably served as a center of Christian worship for neighboring communities."
  • Syria and the Byzantine Strategy

    09/05/2013 6:46:07 PM PDT · by ReaganberAlles · 2 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | 09/05/2013 | Robert Kaplan
    "A Byzantine strategy, refitted to the postmodern age, would maintain the requisite military force in the eastern Mediterranean, combined with only vague presidential statements about the degree to which such force might or might not be used. It would feature robust, secret and ongoing diplomacy with the Russians and the Iranians, aware always of their interests both regionally and globally, and always open to deals and horse-trades with them. The goal would be to engineer a stalemate-of-sorts in Syria rather than necessarily remove al Assad. Reducing the intensity of fighting would thus constitute a morality in and of itself, even...
  • Stunning Byzantine Mosaic Uncovered in Israel

    05/13/2013 9:01:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 13, 2013 | Jeanna Bryner
    Archaeologists have uncovered an "extraordinary" mosaic that would've been used as the floor of a public building during the Byzantine Period in what is today Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
  • Romanian Catholic bishop glad to serve Canadian faithful

    05/07/2013 1:56:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | May 7, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Bishop John Michael Botean. Courtesy of the Eparchy of St. George in Canton. Columbus, Ohio, May 7, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The bishop of the Eparchy of Saint George in Canton is thankful that the area now extends across both Canada and the U.S., enabling him to serve all Romanian Catholics in North America. On April 23, Pope Francis extended the eparchy's jurisdiction, which was throughout the U.S., to cover all of Canada as well. The eparchy – which is equivalent to a diocese in the Latin Church – had already, in 2010, been given jurisdiction over the...
  • Turkish Archaeologists Reveal 6th Century Baptistery Abroad [in Kosovo]

    09/07/2012 11:14:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/7/12 | Doğan News Agency
    A historic baptistery structure has been unearthed at one of the most important ancient sites in Kosovo by Turkish archaeologists. It is the first such excavation to be carried out by Turkish archaeologists in Europe Since the beginning of excavations in July in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period have been unearthed by Turkish archaeologists of the Mimar Sinan University. At an excavation site in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a team of Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period. The archaeological team, consisting of archaeology students from Istanbuls Mimar...
  • Byzantine Catholics in Pittsburgh archeparchy receive new archbishop

    01/20/2012 2:41:06 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | January 20, 2012
    Metropolitan Archbishop-elect William C. Skurla of Pittsburgh Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2012 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop William C. Skurla to be the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.Bishop Skurla, who currently leads the Eparchy of Passaic, N.J., became the administrator of Pittsburgh after the death of Metropolitan Archbishop Basil M. Schott in June 2010.The appointment was announced by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan, apostolic nuncio to the United States, in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 19. Bishop Skurla was born June 1, 1956 in Duluth, Minn., where he attended both public and...
  • We Are Non-Roman Catholics

    11/22/2011 12:28:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/22/11 | Robert Spencer
    The first reaction of visitors to my lovely parish church is generally one of bewilderment, as they anoint themselves with air after reaching out for a holy water font inside the door and coming up empty. No statues, either. No stations of the cross. No confessionals or Rosary group either, for that matter. The first question visitors usually ask is, Is this a Catholic Church? Why, yes, it is. But not in the way most Catholics would expect. A young man in my parish once summed up the prevailing assumption when he told me that he hadnt been able to...
  • Houston's Menil is returning holy artworks to Cyprus

    09/24/2011 5:06:44 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 3 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Saturday, September 24, 2011 | By DOUGLAS BRITT
    For more than two decades, Houston has been home to a large pair of restored 13th-century Byzantine frescoes that Menil Collection founder Dominique de Menil purchased from art thieves in 1984. Now the Menil is working to return them to their rightful owner, the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus. While that seemingly recalls recent decisions by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and others to return priceless artworks that improperly left their countries of origin, there's a difference: Neither de Menil nor the museum she founded ever claimed to own the frescoes.... READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT SOURCE LINK
  • "Holiness United God's People": In Kiev, and Beyond, A New "Patriarch"... A New Epoch

    03/27/2011 11:24:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WITL ^ | March 27, 2011 | Rocco Palmo
    Even before its full picture would become clear, this morning in Ukraine's capital promised to make for a striking scene, as a living head of global Catholicism's largest self-governing Eastern fold watched the reins pass to his successor for the first time in centuries. Given the Synod's choice of its youngest member to lead the 6 million-member church, however, the moment became all the more one for the books. Like their Orthodox counterparts, the rank of a Greek-Catholic hierarch is distinguishable by the number of bars that adorn the base of their ormophrion -- the stole worn atop their...
  • Bad bookworms: Precious (Vatican) library collection on Christian East risks ruin

    03/25/2011 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | March 25, 2011 | Carol Glatz
    Jesuit Father Robert Taft holds a rare book in the library of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Pontifical Oriental Institute has the best general collection in the world on Eastern Christianity. It boasts some 184,000 volumes, including rare and precious imprints and manuscripts, documenting centuries of Eastern Christian culture in a multitude of languages. But the library's oldest and most valuable collections are in a serious state of degradation, including an extremely rare 1581 edition of the Ostrog Bible -- the first complete Bible printed in...
  • Some Notes on Byzantine Pre-Lent

    02/25/2011 1:31:19 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 25, 2011 | John Vernoski
    The current Byzantine Liturgy and the Roman usus antiquior have a point of unity in their respective observances of Pre-Lent. In Constantinople, in either the sixth or seventh century, a week of Pre-Lent developed gradually, and was commonly called “The Week without Meat”. It is likely that this is in imitation of the Church in Palestine, which calculated Lent in forty days, Monday through Friday, over eight weeks. Byzantines did not need the extra days, since they counted the forty days continuously. So the compromise to the eight weeks of Palestine was to add a week of gradual fasting prior...
  • 1,500 Year Old Church Found In Israel

    02/02/2011 2:50:25 PM PST · by madison10 · 24 replies
    Associated Press Via Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2011 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks...
  • Turkey: Bartholomew I. Sees Hope for Patriarchate: And Reunion

    10/12/2010 12:39:22 PM PDT · by 0beron · 9 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/12/2010 | Tancred
    Patriarch Bartholomaios I hopes for the re-opening of the Seminary of Chalki by 2011 -- 15 Diaspora-Metropolitans of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including Metropolitan Staikos of Austria, have Turkish citizenship. Constantinople (kath.net/KAP) Bartholomaios I, Greek-Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, sees signs for an improvement of the situation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. In an interview with "Kathpress" on Monday afternoon in the Phanar in Istanbul he said, it is very certain, that the Seminary in Chalki will be reopened in 2011. Bartholomew referred to the most recent address of the Turkish Vice Prime minister Blent Arinc, who had explained in...
  • There Is No Such Thing as Moderate Islam. Continued Conversations with Nonie Darwish

    08/25/2010 11:18:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 19, 2009 | Phyllis Chesler
    My hope is for the West to understand the threat that Islamic Sharia law poses to their democracy, their concept of equality under the law and their human rights values. The West should never allow Sharia to be practiced in Western democracies... The term moderate Muslim was created in the West. In the Muslim world there is nothing called moderate or radical Muslims or moderate or radical mosques. You are either a Muslim or not. .. Islamic Law has slammed shut every door and window; any reform of Islam is punishable by death... Islam has been aggressively expanding in the...
  • [1937] Liturgy of Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky in Liverpool [Ecumenical]

    08/11/2010 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies
    Papa Stronsay Texts ^ | 7/2/2009 | n/a
    Mr Matthew Alderman, the Sacred Architecture correspondent on The New Liturgical Movement reported the existence of a film clip of a Byzantine Liturgy in Liverpool. This little clip, which has been put up by "British Pathe" (who have very kindly given us permission to link to their site) is none other than footage of the Pontifical Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy served by the Blessed Redemptorist Hieromartyr Nicholas Charnetsky (click this link to the page). Only a few seconds long it is none-the-less a precious find. There are also a number of still shots of the Liturgy provided on the same...
  • Massacre of Latins in Constantinople, 1182 [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    06/16/2010 5:05:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies · 293+ views
    Crusades Encyclopedia ^ | 11-May-1182 | Crusades Encyclopedia
    Since the late 11th century, Western merchants, primarily from the Italian city-states of Venice, Genoa and Pisa, had started appearing in the East. The first had been the Venetians, who had secured large-scale trading concessions from Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos. Subsequent extensions of these privileges and Byzantium's own naval impotence at the time resulted in a virtual maritime monopoly and stranglehold over the Empire by the Venetians.[3] Alexios' grandson, Manuel I Komnenos, wishing to reduce their influence, began to reduce the privileges of Venice while concluding agreements with her rivals: Pisa, Genoa and Amalfi.[4] Gradually, all four Italian cities...
  • To Russia, with Love

    05/11/2010 1:15:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Published April 01, 2010 by | Alice Winters
    Given Russia's reputation for excessive bureaucracy, it's only right that a company would exist to help businesspeople to set up, find the right translators, and also provide the right legal guidance to navigate the Byzantine direction of Russia's business bureaucracy. Center of Economic Planning consists of a professional team of skilled translators, auditors and IT specialists who will also not just help foreign businesses, but also help native Russians build their businesses.
  • The Church Tells Us the Story of God

    03/31/2010 3:07:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 143+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | Holy Week 2010 | Fr. Richard Janowicz
    Editor's note: For most of the past ten years my family and I have attended Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield, Oregon, pastored by Fr. Richard Janowicz. This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, Fr. Richard gave the homily below; I asked him if I could republish it on Ignatius Insight. He graciously agreed. One note of explanation for those who might not be familiar with Holy Week liturgies in the Byzantine rites: on Good Friday, a burial shroud with an image of the crucified Christ is venerated by the faithful, and carried in procession. (See,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HYPAPANTE, 01-20-10

    01/20/2010 11:47:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 345+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-20-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HYPAPANTE The feast of the Purification in the Byzantine Rite. The name comes from the meeting (hypapante) of the Christ Child and his Mother with the holy Simeon and Anna in the Temple. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Ex-Protestant at home in Byzantine Catholic Church

    01/10/2010 2:47:53 PM PST · by Titanites · 18 replies · 822+ views
    Catholic Anchor, Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage ^ | January 9, 2010 | PATRICIA COLL FREEMAN
    Sees Byzantine church a “perfect marriage” of Eastern traditions and unity with pope By PATRICIA COLL FREEMANCatholicanchor.orgA former Lutheran pastor from Northern Michigan now heads St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage.On Oct. 31, Father James Barrand, 52, succeeded just-retired pastor Father Mike Hornick at the little, dome-topped church, where an ancient Catholic liturgy is celebrated everyday. Father Barrand is quick to explain that he got to the icon and incense-filled church with the help of ancient guides — the Early Church Fathers — who chanted the same Divine Praises in the first centuries of the church as...
  • Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    11/21/2009 4:46:40 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 686+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | November 21, 2009 | Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
    In the various Christian traditions Marian doctrine and devotion take shape in manifold and diverse ways. Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has striven to promote a new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church; to encourage theological faculties in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety with regard to Mary of Nazareth. The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church. [1] The history of theological reflection witnesses...
  • Nov. 1, feast of Blessed Theodore Romzha, Martyr for the Papal Primacy.

    11/01/2009 11:45:08 AM PST · by Balt · 34 replies · 941+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | Nov. 1, 2009 | The Priestly Pugilist
    In my homilies to you over the years, Ive often spoke of our Catholic Faith, and sometimes of our Byzantine Tradition; but I have rarely spoken of the particular Church to which we belong, and of its history in Eastern Europe. Our Metropolitan Church is located entirely in the United States; and, the further you travel outside of Pennsylvania, the less you see of any ethnic identity among the members of our parishes; but, as you know, the ancestors of our Churchs original members came from an Orthodox Church which came into union with Rome in 1646 at the Union...
  • Syria: 5th century skeleton found in Byzantine cathedral

    08/25/2009 9:34:25 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 34 replies · 1,085+ views
    english.globalarabnetwork.com ^ | Saturday, 15 August 2009 13:23 | Maha Karim
    Syria: 5th century skeleton found in Byzantine cathedral Edited by Maha Karim Saturday, 15 August 2009 13:23 A cathedral with a skeleton remains in it, dating back to the Byzantine era, was unearthed by the Syrian excavation team in Tal Al-Hasaka site, north eastern Syria. The cathedral ,which dates back to the Early Christianity Era, is 18 meters long, and includes a four meter wide northern hall, a 6.5 meter wide middle hall and a three meter wide southern hall, Al-Hasaka Archeology Director Abdul-Maseeh Baghdo said in a press release on Saturday. It also includes two column bases, and the...
  • True Worship of God is the Cure for Insanity (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/03/2009 11:43:09 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 554+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 4/3/2009 | Christi Derr
    ...Many Catholic families whose faith and lives I greatly admire have started attending Latin or Byzantine liturgies....I had some initial reluctance over attending these throw back liturgies with them, but I eventually accepted their invitations. What I experienced at these parishes was truly life changing to me! After participating in the liturgies I walked away with the same reaction from both. I was filled with a sort of holy awe and struggled to come to grips with what I was feeling. I had just worshipped the Almighty Triune God. I realized that up until participating in those liturgies, I had...
  • Byzantine singing compared to conversation with God

    03/30/2009 10:05:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 598+ views
    CNA ^ | March 29, 2009 | James DeCrane
    Anchorage, Alaska, Mar 29, 2009 / 01:37 pm (CNA).- For Byzantine Catholics, the chance to participate in liturgy is an opportunity to experience heaven on earth, according to John Michalski, the cantor at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage.Because of the sacredness of the Mass, almost the entire liturgy in the Byzantine rite is sung or chanted."This is to set the tone and speed and create an atmosphere of prayer," Michalski explained to the Catholic Anchor. "When the priest chants the Gospel, it is meant to do it slower to communicate clearly the message of God to...
  • The Faith of Our Fathers

    02/27/2009 9:54:55 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 401+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 27, 2009 | Amy Blythe
    “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These are the words Byzantine Rite Catholics hear from the lips of the priest at the beginning of every Divine Liturgy. It is a prayer full of deep adoration, a profession of faith in the greatest mystery of Christianity. We worship the only true God Who is Triune, a Trinity of Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.This emphasis on the Triune nature of God literally permeates the entire Liturgy. The end of every litany of petition said by the priest ends with a doxology...
  • The Sunday after Nativity - "Are you man enough?"

    01/04/2009 4:21:53 PM PST · by Balt · 2 replies · 349+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 12/28/08 | The Priestly Pugilist
    It is not possible, I believe, for us not to be edified by the example of Joseph, the foster father of our Lord, in how blindly he trusted in the will of God. He takes Mary as his wife under what were very unusual circumstances to say the least; he moves his family here, there and everywhere based on nothing more tangible than messages received by angels in dreams; and he does it all without expressing a single word of doubt or concern. We dont know if that meant he had no doubts and concerns; we only know that he...
  • The Priestly Pugilist is back

    10/23/2008 10:32:44 AM PDT · by Balt · 7 replies · 498+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | The Priestly Pugilist
    Your Priestly Pugilist is back! Please check out the redisigned blog and let me know what you think.
  • The Greek Deacon of the Papal Rite of Mass (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    09/27/2008 4:37:35 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 926+ views
    Annales Ecclesiae Ucrainae blog ^ | 9/27/2008 | Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, HED
    Today, few people are aware of the fact that the Pope has his own particular rite of Mass. Special ceremonies and liturgical customs are present at solemn papal liturgies which are not found in the ordinary rites of the Roman Church. The reason for these special ceremonies lies in the identity of the Bishop of Rome himself: besides being the principal hierarch of the Latin Church (thus, until recently bearing the title Patriarch of the West), the Pope is the Father and Head of the Universal Church. Symbolic of this universal headship is the presence at solemn papal functions of...
  • Pray Like a Bunch of Byzantines [Ecumenical]

    06/21/2008 4:52:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 127+ views
    CMR ^ | June 21, 2008
    There is a scene in the classic John Wayne / Maureen O'Hara film The Quiet Man. In this scene at the end of the movie, the local protestant minister in a mostly Catholic town, the Rev. Playfair, is in danger of being re-assigned to a someplace else because his congregation is so small. He doesn't want to leave because he dearly loves the town of Innisfree. The Rev. Playfair's Bishop is visiting Innisfree to assess the situation. The local Catholic priest, Father Peter Lonergan (played by Ward Bond) is sympathetic to Rev. Playfair's predicament. So Fr. Lonergan gathers all the...
  • So I Went to the Byzantine Divine Liturgy (former Episcopal priest describes his experience)

    04/21/2008 1:32:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies · 114+ views
    Centuar ^ | Sep. 9, 2007 | Taylor Marshall
    I recently learned that there is a Byzantine Catholic Church about a mile from my new house, St. Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church. So my family went there this morning. This was my second time to attend the Divine Liturgy in the Catholic Church. The first time was a Melkite parish. To be honest, it can be a bit intimidating at first. Everything is a little different. Early in the liturgy I realized that there would be no way for me to follow the books so I did my best and tried to participate by watching and listening....
  • "This is my Body, This is my Blood" - It ain't necessarily so.

    04/12/2008 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Balt · 312 replies · 776+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 4/12/2008 | The Priestly Pugilist
    In a three part post some ways down the page, in which I touched on some liturgical matters, I had mentioned one particular experience wherein I had hosted as concelebrant a Roman Catholic priest for a funeral, and how he had struggled to reconcile himself with the uncomfortable fact that the principles upon which his own ritual Church reformed their liturgy do not govern the liturgical life of the universal Catholic Church. It's an easy enough mistake to make, what with the Latin Church sui iuris being the largest of all the Churches in Catholicism, with many -- if not...
  • Father Gerald Dino Named Bishop-elect of Van Nuys

    04/01/2008 2:04:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 496+ views
    Passaic Eparchy ^ | March 27, 2008
    The Very Rev. Gerald N. Dino, a Binghamton native, will be installed as bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Van Nuys on Thursdayin Phoenix, Ariz., where the 13-state diocese is headquartered.Dino, who grew up in the Downs Avenue area of the First Ward and graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1958, was appointed to the position late last year by Pope Benedict XVI. Dinos home parish was Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church on Clinton Street in Binghamton.Dino will become the only Broome County native to ascend to the office of bishop, Broome County Historian Gerald Smith said after...
  • For Byzantine Catholics, Lent is stricter

    02/28/2008 9:59:15 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 305+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | February 21, 2008 | James DeCrane
    Nine-year-old Alice Lambertsen blows out a candle on the tetrapod after noon vespers on Pure Monday (Feb. 4) at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage. Pure Monday marks the beginning of the Great Fast for Byzantine Catholics ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Catholic Anchor) - The great main dome at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage is the only one of its kind in the world. Built in 1996, the dome contains thousands of tiny holes that allow light to radiates out in unique patterns. The design so distinct it has an official patent. Light radiating...
  • Changes for (Greek Catholic) Slovak Church

    01/30/2008 1:39:35 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Closed Cafeteria ^ | January 30, 2008 | Gerald Augustinus
    From the VIS under "Pontifical Acts" - Reorganised the Greek-Catholic Slovak Church, making in a "sui iuris" Metropolitan Church and adopting the following provisions: - Elevating the eparchy of Presov for Catholics of Byzantine rite (Catholics 137,203, priests 259, permanent deacons 1, religious 111) to the status of metropolitan see and promoting Bishop Jan Babjak S.J. of Presov to the office of metropolitan archbishop. The archbishop-elect was born in Hazin nad Chirochou, Slovakia in 1953, he was ordained a priest in 1978 and consecrated a bishop in 2003. - Elevating the apostolic exarchate of Kosice for Catholics of Byzantine...
  • 2 Named (by Pope Benedict XVI) to Head (US) Byzantine Eparchies

    12/07/2007 4:32:32 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 494+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 7, 2007
    Bishop Pataki of Passaic Retires at 80 PASSAIC, New Jersey, DEC. 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI appointed Bishop William Skurla of the Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, California, to lead the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic.Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced Thursday that the Pope accepted the resignation of 80-year-old Bishop Andrew Pataki of Passaic for reasons of age.Father Gerald Dino, 67, of the Passaic Eparchy and pastor of St. George Parish, Linden, New Jersey, will succeed Bishop Skurla in Van Nuys.Bishop Skurla, 51, will be installed Jan. 29 at the Cathedral of St. Michael the...
  • A Parish Centennial

    12/04/2007 10:36:14 AM PST · by Balt · 53+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 12/4/07 | The Priestly Pugilist
    Well, my month's vacation from blogging was a lot longer than expected. During the interval, one of the parishes of which I am pastor celebrated it's centennial. Here is the speech I gave at the banquet:           First, I want to thank all of you for being here today. I want to particularly thank my brother priests who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to be here, especially on a Sunday; and I’m aware of how difficult it was for some of them to arrange to be here. Most importantly I wish to thank Bishop Andrew, not...
  • Byzantine Chant of the Marching Angelic Hosts

    10/07/2007 8:42:32 PM PDT · by Terirem · 7 replies · 289+ views
    youtube.com ^ | July 01, 2007 | Basileus Choir - Jassy , Romania
    Byzantine chant of the marching angelic hosts - Basileus Choir - Jassy - Romania Click link to hear: http://youtube.com/watch?v=2kyX5jTD3JM
  • 9/11 & the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

    09/12/2007 8:23:31 AM PDT · by Balt · 126+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | 9/12/07 | Priestly Pugilist
    10:56 AM 9/12/2007 - The attack on our country on September 11th six years ago is probably one of those events that will always remain transfixed in our minds -- we will always remember where we were and what we were doing when it happened. I was on retreat at the time with the other priests of our eparchy; and, when I returned to my parish in East Brunswick at the end of the week, I had to wrestle with how I was going to address this, since we had a number of families in the parish which were directly...
  • Open Wide the Doors (Mother of God Catholic Church, Conyers GA)

    07/11/2007 4:04:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 636+ views
    Open Book ^ | July 10, 2007 | Amy Wellborn
    Also in Conyers: Outside: Inside: Mother of God Catholic Church, Byzantine-Ukrainian Rite. The parish is located on the property formerly known, back in the 80's, as the site of the purported visions of Nancy Fowler, long since gone, I think, to Florida. (If you were Catholic in the Southeast in the 90's you knew all about the Conyers apparitions and maybe even went there. The greatest volume of negative mail I received in my days as a Florida Catholic columnist was in response to a 2-parter I did on Conyers, when it was all still going on. I visited the...
  • CHRIST WANTED ONE CHURCH OPEN TO EVERYONE

    05/04/2007 8:33:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 500+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | May 4, 2007 | Pope Benedict XVI
    VATICAN CITY, MAY 4, 2007 (VIS) - Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received prelates from the International Episcopal Conference of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, who have just completed their "ad limina" visit. The conference is based in Belgrade and brings together Catholics of Latin and Byzantine rite from Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia and Kosovo. The Pope greeted the bishops recalling how they "come from different countries that have different ethnic groups, cultures and languages," but how nonetheless their "ecclesial communities are united by the same faith in the Risen Christ handed down to us by the Apostles." "The...
  • Something New for Lent: Part I -- Holy Souls Saturdays

    02/21/2007 10:32:35 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 1,271+ views
    The Observer ^ | February 15, 2007 | Amanda Hudson
    AURORA— Since the time of the apostles, it has been the constant teaching of the Church that prayers, offerings and good deeds can help the departed. St. John Chrysostom said of the departed souls, “Let us assist them according to our power. Let us think of some advantage for them, small though it be, but let us assist them. How and in what way? By praying for them, by asking others to pray for them, and by constantly giving (alms) to the poor in their behalf!” Most readers of The Observer are familiar with the traditions of the Western Catholic...
  • Follow-up: Attending Sunday Mass at Other Parishes

    02/04/2007 6:27:27 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 441+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 30, 2007 | Father Edward McNamara
    Some readers intimated that I had perhaps read too much into Canons 209-210 by suggesting that it implied supporting one's local parish (see Jan. 16). Although the expression "particular church" usually means "diocese" in canonical terms, most Catholics support their local church through their parish. Likewise, according to Canon 107, Catholics, unlike most Protestants, generally acquire their pastor through place of residence (technically domicile or quasi-domicile) as canon law presumes laws to be territorial. Even when, as frequently happens in the United States, a Catholic registers and worships in a parish different from his or her territorial parish, this latter...
  • Catholic Rites and Churches

    08/08/2003 7:19:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies · 843+ views
    EWTN ^ | Colin B. Donovan, STL
    Christ, having been lifted up from the earth has drawn all men to Himself. Rising from the dead He sent His life-giving Spirit upon His disciples and through Him has established His Body which is the Church as the universal sacrament of salvation. Sitting at the right hand of the Father, He is continually active in the world that He might lead men to the Church and through it join them to Himself and that He might make them partakers of His glorious life by nourishing them with His own Body and Blood. [Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution on the...
  • British Historian Claims to Have Found the Temple Treasures

    10/09/2006 12:29:32 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 58 replies · 2,408+ views
    What happened to the 50 tons of gold, silver and sacred treasures looted from Herod's Temple following the Roman legionnaires' sack of Jerusalem on Tisha b'Av in the year 70 CE? The Arch of Titus in Rome, erected shortly after the death of Titus who reigned as emperor from 79 to 81, clearly depicts Roman soldiers bearing on their shoulders the golden candelabrum, silver trumpets and bejewelled Table of the Divine Presence which the Roman emperor Vespasian and his son Titus carted back to Rome as trophies of war. Between 75 CE and the early 5th century, the treasure...
  • The Street Cred of Manuel II [Byzantine emperor quoted by the pope]

    09/17/2006 4:49:13 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 36 replies · 2,316+ views
    National Review Online (The Corner) ^ | 9/17/06 | Peter Robinson
    Manuel II Paleologus reigned as emperor of Byzantium from 1391, the year in which he is believed to have composed the text from which the Pope quoted last week, until his death in 1425. A brief overview of his experience of Islam: 1390: Manuel is sent as a hostage to the court of Sultan Bayezid I. As his writings demonstrate, he reads widely in Muslim texts and engages in repeated debates with Muslim scholars. He is also forced to participate in an attack on his own people, the siege of Philadelphia, which eliminated the last Byzantine settlement in Anatolia. 1394-1402:...
  • The Pope Tackles Faith & Terrorism (sends signal it's time for hard questions not hugs)

    09/14/2006 8:15:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,370+ views
    Time ^ | September 13, 2006 | JEFF ISRAELY/MUNICH
    This past Monday it was Sept. 11 in Bavaria too, but you never would have known it if you'd been following Pope Benedict XVI's homecoming visit to his native region. The German pontiff stuck to his itinerary and prepared texts, staying mum on Islamic terrorism even as the fifth anniversary of 9/11 dominated headlines and discussions around the world. Aides said Benedict prayed privately for the victims of the attacks, noting that it is rare for popes to speak out on foreign trips about news events not related to the country being visited. But some reporters grumbled unfavorable comparisons with...
  • The Role of the Deacon in the Eastern Church

    05/16/2006 7:25:31 PM PDT · by pravknight · 1 replies · 629+ views
    St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church ^ | Protodeacon B. David Kennedy
    B. David Kennedy Protodeacon, Eparchy of Toronto The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council in the Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches (Orientalium Ecclesiarum) mention in No.17 that "the holy council wishes the institution of the permanent diaconate to be restored where it has fallen into disuse, in order that the ancient discipline of the Sacrament of Orders may flourish once more in the Eastern Churches." Just as the diaconate in the Latin Rite prior to Vatican II had become little more than a transitional step to the presbyterate, so in the Eastern Catholic Churches a diaconate which could be...