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  • POLAND: San Damiano Cross officially displayed in the Main Session Hall of the Government.

    12/10/2015 3:14:29 AM PST · by Matt_DZ_PL · 5 replies
    Niezalezna.PL ^ | 8 Dec., 2015 | (TR)
    [Translated from Polish]The San Damiano Cross (the Franciscan Cross) has been officially hung over the entrance door in the Main Session Hall of the Council of Ministers of Poland, right opposite the Prime Minister`s chair. The decission has been accepted unanimously by all Ministers of the Polish Goverment. As a result of the October`s general elections, the conservative party Law & Justice gained the absolute majority in the Polish Parliament and since then has formed a government which replaced 8 year-old rules of the liberals of the Civic Platform.The cross has been hung in place of the wall clock, which...
  • 'Chopped'-winning sister on a mission

    11/28/2015 2:33:28 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    osv ^ | November 24, 2015 | Michelle Martin
    Franciscan Sister Alicia Torres gathered about three dozen volunteers in the hall of Our Lady of the Angels Church in Chicago on Nov. 21, having them count off into groups to form teams to serve the roughly 600 guests who would be seated just an hour later. Sister Alicia, 30, spoke clearly and loudly enough to be heard without yelling. As she spoke, more volunteers were busy finishing the cooking for a Thanksgiving brunch that included baked frittata, roast pork, potatoes, fruit and pastries. Through it all, Sister Alicia maintained her good humor, greeting friends and volunteers with smiles...
  • Today's Canonization Of Junipero Serra: Pope Francis's Controversial Act

    09/23/2015 5:02:55 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 | Michelle Moons
    The Pope’s visit to the United States will include Wednesday’s plan to perform the first canonization on U.S. soil; the act will make controversial Spanish Franciscan priest Junipero Serra a saint. On June 25 the California Senate voted 22-10 to banish a statue of the Spanish Franciscan priest Serra that has stood in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall since 1931.
  • Capuchin friars to leave W.Va. after more than a century

    06/12/2015 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | June 11, 2015 | Charlotte Ferrell Smith,
    After more than a century of ministry and service to West Virginia, the Capuchin friars are leaving the Mountain State this month. Vows as Capuchin friars require they live together in community as brothers, sharing a prayer life and meals. A minimum of three brothers is necessary to fulfill this supportive environment. The area has two Capuchin friars serving five Catholic parishes in Kanawha and Putnam counties. The Rev. James Kurtz serves St. Anthony on Charleston’s West Side and Our Lady of the Hills in Elkview. The Rev. Joseph Tuscan serves Holy Trinity in Nitro, Christ the King in Dunbar...
  • After 100 years of service, Capuchins leave West Side (West Virginia)

    06/15/2015 12:04:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies ^ | David Gutman, Staff writer
    For more than 100 years, an order of Capuchin Franciscan priests has prayed and preached in the Kanawha Valley, celebrating baptisms and marriages, comforting the bereaved, ministering to the needs of generation after generation of Catholics, always based in a small church on the West Side of Charleston. As of today, the Capuchin presence on the West Side, in Charleston, in the Kanawha Valley and in the state of West Virginia, is no more. The order’s provincial minister, based in Pittsburgh, made the decision to reassign the two remaining Capuchin priests in the state after concluding the community here could...
  • History, Truth, and Politics: the record on Father Junipero Serra

    03/30/2015 6:02:39 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | March 29, 2015 | Catholic News Agency
    Left: Monument of Junípero Serra on plaza de San Francisco de Asis in Havana; right: Mission church of Jalpan de Serra, Querétaro, Mexico, built by Junípero Serra between 1751 and 1758 (Images: Wikipedia) Los Angeles, Calif.- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his life,...
  • Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

    10/09/2014 1:53:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 7, 2014
    Fr. Hanna Jallouf, O.F.M., who was abducted Oct. 5 along with some 20 villagers from Qunaya, Syria. Photo courtesy of Custodia Terrae Sanctae. Aleppo, Syria, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night. The priest has been identified as 62-year-old Father Hanna Jallouf, O.F.M. “Let us pray for him and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war,” the Custody of the Holy Land said on its website. The Custody of the Holy...
  • Statement on the Death of Father Benedict J. Groeschel

    10/04/2014 8:09:53 AM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 6 replies
    The Catholic Church and the Franciscan family lost a giant today. This moment is one that finds the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) with mixed emotions, as we are deeply saddened by the loss of Fr. Benedict but also relieved that God has set him free from the physical and mental suffering he has experienced over the past decade. The world knew Father Benedict as a priest, teacher, evangelist, retreat master, and a steadfast defender of and advocate for the Catholic Church that he loved so much. The members of his religious family saw all these...
  • Away in a Manger [St. Francis of Assisi and the first Nativity scene]

    01/05/2009 5:21:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 480+ views ^ | January 5, 2008 | Fr. William Saunders
    Away in a Manger January 5th, 2009 by Fr. William Saunders As we learn each week from the saints, one must wonder, “How did the saints celebrate Christmas?” One of the best examples whose celebration lives on in our own is St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). Thomas of Celano, one of the first biographers of St. Francis, wrote, “More than any other feast, he celebrated Christmas with an indescribable joy. He said that this was the feast of feasts, for on this day God became a little child and sucked milk like all human children. Francis embraced with great tenderness...
  • San Francisco church plans pet columbarium to hold ashes of 1,000 animals

    07/26/2013 9:31:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 9 replies
    Global Post ^ | July 26, 2013 19:12 | Kristin Deasy
    PETALUMA, Calif. — Do all animals go to heaven? The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi wants them well-positioned for the possibility by creating San Francisco's first pet columbarium, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Church leaders are currently raising funds for the 850-square-foot pet memorial space, the city's first "final resting place for the furry and feathered," as the Chronicle cutely put it. The new columbarium, which organizers hope will be up and running by spring, will be able to hold the ashes of up to 1,000 animals, according to the Associated Press. Cremation costs have not yet...
  • (Obama backed) Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest (Warning Graphic Video)

    06/29/2013 12:52:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | June 29, 2013
    Syrian terrorists have beheaded a Catholic priest who they accused of collaborating with the Assad regime. Those accusations have not yet been verified. Father Francois was summarily executed and the Vatican has confirmed the martyrdom.VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The Vatican is confirming the death by beheading of Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, who was martyred by Syrian jihadists on June 23. Below is the news release from the Vatican, via On Sunday, June 23 the Syrian priest François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria, in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had...
  • How I Became a Franciscan Sister

    05/28/2013 5:48:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    When I was asked during my grade school years, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” my standard answer would be, “Either an opera singer or a Sister!” That was quite a range. It is easy to tell which one became a reality. Franciscan-Sister-RenitaOn a hot Sunday morning in August, I was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Anita Broecker Tadych and Zenon Tadych. I have two younger sisters, Dorothy and Caroline (Kitty). My mother died when I was three years old. Some years later my father remarried, and we were blessed with Lillian, “our Mom,” and LaVerne,...
  • Syria: Franciscan Church Utterly Destroyed (US brokered war continues in Syria)

    04/23/2013 4:03:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    eponymous Flower ^ | April 22, 2013
    Edit: an increasingly US brokered war continues in Syria as Catholics and Orthodox Christians are being driven from the land. Damascus, 22/04/13 (Kipa) The Franciscan church and associated monastery in the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor were destroyed in a violent explosion. This was reported by the Vienna-based foundation "Pro Oriente", citing the Vatican's Fides news agency on Sunday. Speaking to the press agency Tony Haddad said, the Franciscan Church was until then the only remaining undamaged Christian house of worship in the city on the Euphrates. It remains unclear how the church was destroyed. Eyewitnesses reported that rebels entrenched...

    02/14/2013 3:48:40 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Radio National ^ | December 16, 2012
    Image: Franciscan friar, Alessandro BrustenghiFra Alessandro Brustenghi is Franciscan friar from Assisi in Italy, the birthplace of St Francis. He's the very first friar ever to land a major record deal. Fra Alessandro is not a conservatorium-trained singer and only pursued singing seriously after entering the Order of Friars Minor at the age of 19. Following a series of auditions, aged 34 he now has a debut album of spiritual songs and hymns called Voice From Assisi, produced by Mike Hedges, best-known for his work with U2 and The Cure. From the Porziuncola, the small church where St Francis...
  • College Course Lumps Homosexuality, Rape, Murder (Franciscan of Steubenville)

    09/11/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | 9/10/2012 | Jeff Brady
    The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio faces questions about its accreditation because of a course description that links homosexuality with crimes like murder, rape and robbery. The university's social work program offers the course, called SWK 314 Deviant Behavior. The course description reads: "The behaviors that are primarily examined are murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness and drug use." Members of a Franciscan University gay and lesbian alumni group on Facebook discovered the course description and have asked the school to change it. "As a lesbian and as a psychological professional, I found a couple of things offensive,"...
  • Franciscan U of Steubenville Under Investigation for Teaching Homosexuality as Deviant

    09/12/2012 6:35:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 9/11/12 | Johanna Dasteel
    STEUBENVILLE, OH, September 11, 2012 ( - The national agency which grants accreditation to social work courses is questioning Franciscan University of Steubenville over a course which lists homosexuality as a deviant behavior. Attention was drawn to the course by a group of Franciscan University alumni, identifying themselves as “Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies”, who are demanding publicly that the university “revise its course descriptions and to stop contributing the culture of hate and ignorance.” The course is called ‘Deviant Behavior’ and the part of the course description in question states, “The behaviors that are primarily examined are murder, rape,...
  • Catholic university includes ‘homosexuality’ in course on ‘deviant behavior’

    09/04/2012 1:23:13 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 35 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | Sep 4 2012 | Staff
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A group of gay university alumni and allies is challenging the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, over its inclusion of homosexuality in its course on “deviant behavior.” The group, Gay Alumni and Allies of Catholic Universities, said that Franciscan University, a conservative Catholic institution on the Ohio-West Virginia border, is “contributing” to a “culture of hate and ignorance” by teaching “ideological falsehoods in the classroom rather than solid, proven research and evidence.” But according to the University, the principles of academic freedom apply to the course and that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” At issue is this...
  • From Speed Skating to Religious Life: Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan--[Cath Caucus]

    07/29/2012 7:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | JULY 27, 2012 | Ann Schneible
    From Speed Skating to Religious Life Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan Order By Ann SchneibleLONDON, JULY 27, 2012 ( With the London summer Olympics commencing today, a former Olympian – now a sister with the Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds, England – shared with ZENIT her journey toward answering the call to the religious life.For CFR Sister Catherine Mary of the Holy Trinity the Olympics were a family affair. The Wisconsin native -- whose legal name is Kirstin Holum -- is the daughter of Dianne Holum, who gained international fame by becoming the first...
  • Latin Mass Novena [Catholic caucus]

    03/04/2012 3:33:05 AM PST · by koinonia · 2 replies
    Website ^ | February 6, 1012 | Franciscans of the Immaculate
    A Novena of Latin Masses will be offered by the contemplative branch of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate at their Ritiro Mariano Friary in Amandola, Italy. The intention of the Novena is for THE SANCTIFICATION OF ALL FAMILIES (or persons) enrolled in the Novena. The nine Masses will begin at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 7th and will conclude on Divine Mercy Sunday April 15th...
  • Franciscan Univ Honors Fr Benedict Groeschel, CFR, for Sce to World’s Material and Spiritual Poor

    12/02/2011 2:33:32 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 2, 2011 | Carl Olson
    STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville awarded its 2011 Poverello Medal to Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, for his lifetime of service to the materially and spiritually poor. The medal, which is the highest, non-academic honor the University can bestow, was presented to Father Groeschel on Thursday, November 17, 2011, in New York City. The awards ceremony began with Mass, attended by Franciscan University friends and alumni, as well as members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the order that Father Groeschel helped found in 1987. The Mass was held at the Church of the Guardian Angel in Chelsea. Father...
  • Brothers' 92 years end the lifelong way: as twins (die on same day)

    06/04/2011 6:13:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | June 3, 2011 | Robert J. McCarthy
    Twin brothers Adrian, left, and Julian Riester answered God's call in the 1940s: the Franciscans instead of Army. From the moment of their birth in Buffalo 92 years ago, twin brothers Julian and Adrian Riester rarely left each other's side.They played together, went to school together, as young men traveled cross-country together -- and, in their 20s, joined the Franciscan order together.And on Wednesday, after 65 years as identical twins wearing the identical brown robes of the Franciscans -- mostly at St. Bonaventure University -- Brother Julian Riester and Brother Adrian Riester died together at St. Anthony Hospital in St....
  • Four Franciscan friars take on Ireland's toughest city

    05/20/2010 5:38:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 260+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5/19/2010 | Rory Fitzgerald
    What happens when a former US Marine becomes a Franciscan friar and then goes on to found a monastery in the toughest district of Ireland’s toughest city? In 2007, Father Sylvester and a small group of American friars from the Bronx, N.Y., did just that when they arrived in Limerick, Ireland. They left behind their former lives as a teacher, a soldier, a punk-rock singer, and a rapper to transform lives through prayer. The urban district they live in, Moyross – a sea of burned-down and boarded-up houses – is always in the news for the wrong reasons: drugs, shootings,...
  • Franciscans ready to celebrate 800th anniversary of order's founding

    04/08/2009 1:05:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 734+ views
    CNS ^ | April 7, 2009 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Some 1,800 Franciscan friars from all over the world were expected to converge on the Umbrian hill town of Assisi, Italy, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of papal approval of the Franciscan rule. For the first time, representatives from the four main Franciscan branches were to meet in Assisi -- the birthplace of their founder, St. Francis -- to take part in an International Chapter of Mats April 15-18. A Chapter of Mats gets its name from the time in 1221 St. Francis called more than 3,000 friars to the Portiuncula chapel in Assisi for a...
  • Details of first investigation into Padre Pio’s stigmata revealed [Catholic Caucus]

    09/22/2008 1:34:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 3,267+ views
    CNA ^ | September 22, 2008
    St. Padre Pio Rome, Sep 22, 2008 / 12:39 pm (CNA).- In an article published by the L’Osservatore Romano, Francesco Castelli, a biographer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, has revealed details of the first investigation in 1921 by the Holy Office—now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—into the life of the Italian priest and the authenticity of his stigmata.Castelli explained that the recent opening of the archives that contain the information on the first investigations show that it is not true that the Holy Office was suspicious of Padre Pio, but rather that there was admiration and...
  • Franciscan Vocation Video

    09/19/2008 6:35:18 PM PDT · by magdalen · 1 replies · 160+ views ^ | September 18, 2008 | magdalen Video - FiNews #37 - FI Vocations Video (Short Version) FI News #37 - The life and charism of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. ( 04min) >>> Play Ave Maria! Here is the short version of our vocations video. The long one (8 min) is to come out in a week or two. Enjoy this video of our charism and life as Franciscan friars totally consecrated to the Immaculate and if you know anyone who is discerning a vocation or you think has a vocation, please forward them the link. And most of all, please pray for vocations....
  • Franciscan monk in a coma after attack at (Italian) monastery

    08/28/2008 5:48:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 200+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 27, 2008 | Richard Owen
    Italians were shocked yesterday by a ferocious assault on Franciscan monks by hooded thugs at a monastery in the foothills of the Alps which has left one of the monks fighting for his life. Father Sergio Baldini, 48, the guardian of the San Colombano Belmonte monastery near Turin, and three elderly monks from the Franciscan order of Friars Minor were having their evening meal when they were attacked by three hooded men who gagged and bound them before punching, kicking and beating them with clubs. Father Baldini suffered severe head injuries but also has "serious respiratory problems" because he choked...
  • Bishop leads pilgrimage to "Georgia martyrs" site

    09/18/2007 8:59:56 PM PDT · by Claud · 86+ views
    Savannah Morning News ^ | 9/17/07 | Dana Clark Felty
    Bishop leads pilgrimage to "Georgia martyrs" site ST. CATHERINES ISLAND - Their last moments must have been lonely. Surrounded by a mob of angry Indians, five Franciscan friars from Spain died trying to bring Christianity to the coast of modern Georgia. More than 400 years later, leaders of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah are working to have those missionaries declared martyrs, and someday, possibly saints. After 23 years of research by church officials, the Rev. Conrad Harkins, a historian at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, hand-delivered documents to the Vatican in April - marking the official start of the argument...
  • Chief Exorcist in Rome, Fr. Gabriel Amorth, & the Absolute Primacy of Christ

    08/27/2007 5:29:22 AM PDT · by fr maximilian mary · 27 replies · 528+ views
    Ignatius Press | 1999 | Fr. Gabriel Amorth
    In recent times, an expert on angelology and demonology, the chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, Fr. Gabriel Amorth, wrote a most concise and lucid summation of the Franciscan thesis in his book An Exorcist Tells his Story. Before he ‘tells his story’, he begins by “first stating some basic facts about God’s plan for creation.” He writes (in Chapter 1): “All too often we have the wrong concept of creation, and we take for granted the following wrong sequence of events. We believe that one day God created the angels; that He put them to the test, although...
  • Br. Francis Mary Kalvelage, Founder of the Youth Mission for the Immaculata (YMI) in the USA, dies.

    08/18/2007 8:45:10 AM PDT · by fr maximilian mary · 2 replies · 425+ views
    Marian Conquest ^ | December 2006 | Franciscans of the Immaculate
    A Son of St. Francis, A Knight of the Immaculate 1923-2007 Br. Francis Mary Kalvelage, FI was born in Portland, Oregon in 1923, the youngest in a family of five brothers. While he was still young the family moved to San Francisco and it was here that he was raised. During the period of World War II, Br. Francis served his country in the United States Air Force as a naval aviator. It was in this period of his life that Our Lord was preparing him to engage in a different type of service. One day Brother attempted to perform...
  • New York Catholics visit mosque, learn about Islam

    08/13/2007 4:37:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 186 replies · 2,065+ views
    CNS ^ | August 9, 2007 | Beth Griffin
    WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (CNS) -- In late July, carloads of curious Catholics caravanned north from their church to a mosque in the next county. Three dozen Catholics who regularly attend Mass at the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement's Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison accepted a Muslim visitor's invitation to attend services at Masjid Al-Noor, his mosque in Wappingers Falls. Entering the two-story white frame building, the visitors placed their shoes alongside their host's on wire racks lining one wall of the foyer. The women, already modestly covered from chin to ankle, pulled on scarves to cover their hair. The...
  • Franciscan monastery in Washington offers glimpse of Holy Land

    07/24/2007 1:47:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 147+ views
    CNS ^ | Jacob Buckenmeyer
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Since 1899, a Franciscan monastery in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington has been a popular stop for pilgrims who want a glimpse of the Holy Land. The grounds of the monastery feature dozens of replicas of significant Christian sites from Europe and the Holy Land, including many surrounding the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The friars of Mount St. Sepulcher Franciscan Monastery and Commissariat of the Holy Land represent the Christian interest in the Holy Land, and it shows in the beauty of their church and the surrounding gardens. Brother Maximilian Wojciechowski, a friar of...
  • EWTN - 'Life on The Rock' - July 19, 2007: CFR Sisters from New York

    07/19/2007 10:31:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 414+ views
    EWTN ^ | July 19, 2007
    Fr. Francis Mary welcomes the The Community of Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal was Established in 1988 under the auspices of John Cardinal O’Connor of New York, with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, as Founding Father. The aim of the Community is to live the Gospel values in simplicity according to the ideals of Saint Francis as handed on by the Capuchin tradition. The spiritual values uniting the sisters are personal and communal commitment to Jesus Christ through contemplative and liturgical prayer (daily Mass and Divine Office), daily Eucharistic adoration, Fridays as a special day of prayer, a time set...
  • Catholic Action-run center offers Palestinians unique workout spot (Holy Lands Alert!)

    06/13/2007 4:49:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 234+ views
    CNS ^ | June 13, 2007 | Judith Sudilovsky
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) -- Palestinians now can enjoy a new, one-of-a-kind sports center where they can work out, practice on regulation-sized courts and play safely. "It's something good to bring to Bethlehem, such a place. There is no place like this where women and also men can practice sports," said Sylvia Ghattas, 21, as she finished her workout in the gym of the Catholic Action-run sports center. The building, financed by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, boasts the only regulation-sized and equipped basketball court in the Palestinian territories, as well as a gym and two multipurpose halls....
  • Nazi Eichmann's passport found in Argentina

    05/29/2007 7:42:04 PM PDT · by OneHun · 52 replies · 1,685+ views
    ABC NewsOnline (Australia) ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2007. 5:49am (AEST) | AFP
    Nazi Eichmann's passport found in ArgentinaThe passport used by notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to enter Argentina in 1950 has been found by accident in an archive in Buenos Aires. The passport, still in good condition, was issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Eichmann was one of the main executors of Adolf Hitler's 'final solution', the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II. A judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, stumbled upon the document in court archives. The passport has been handed over to the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires, which confirmed the discovery....
  • Deal between Capuchins, Muslims (Will they or won't they build a mosque in Genoa?)

    10/16/2006 12:53:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies · 448+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Oct 16, 2006 | JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
    Westerners sometimes assume that Europe and North America are always on the side of the angels when it comes to religious freedom, so that the “reciprocity” question dear to Pope Benedict XVI is largely a matter of bringing the Islamic world up to Western standards of tolerance and liberty. In fact, however, the reciprocity question can be complicated in the West too, in a way that certainly doesn’t escape the attention of Muslim eyes. The rubber hits the road in places such as the blue collar neighborhood of Cornigliano in the Italian port city of Genoa, where plans by Italian...
  • Chapter Glossary (Capuchin Franciscans begin their 83rd General Chapter)

    08/29/2006 8:46:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 311+ views
    WITL ^ | August 29, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    The Capuchin Franciscans began their 83rd General Chapter this morning in Rome with a Mass celebrated by the community's first cardinal in half a century, Boston's Sean P. O'Malley. The gathering, held at the order's International College of St Lawrence of Brindisi, runs until 17 September. The chief order of business awaiting the 200 or so delegates is the election a new General Minister in succession to Canadian Fr John Corriveau, who has reached the limit of two six-year terms. While the order will release an official summary of each day's activities, interested parties would be wise to keep...
  • St. Padre Pio During Mass

    08/22/2006 7:13:39 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 4 replies · 394+ views
    Google Video ^ | n/a | n/a
    St. Padre Pio during the Offertory of the Latin rite Mass according to the Traditional Missal.
  • St. Clare's Advice Defended Assisi Against An Attack By the Mohammedans (My Title)

    08/13/2006 10:36:01 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies · 834+ views
    (Taken from the old Breviary) While the Mohammedans were besieging Assisi and trying to seize the monastery of St Clare, she desired, though sick, to be carried to the gate of the city, together with a vessel in which the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist was contained, and there she prayed: "Do not hand over to the beasts, O Lord, the souls confessing you, and guard your maid-servants, whom thou hast redeemed by thy Precious Blood!" At whose prayer, a great voice was heard: "I will always protect you!" Indeed part of the Musselmen betook themselves to flight while...
  • The Man Who Stepped Out of Line (St. Maximilian Kolbe and Christian Masculinity)

    08/10/2006 6:42:26 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies · 975+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | 8/11/2006 | Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    The Man Who Stepped Out of LineIn this post-feminist age where men are still learning remedial masculinity, we have a model of manhood lived heroically which we would do well to emulate. In the early twentieth century Poland gave us that manly priest, John Paul II, but also his hero, Maximilian Kolbe, priest, missionary, spiritual father and martyr of brotherly love. St. Maximilian’s feast day is August 14th, the vigil of his beloved Virgin Mary’s Assumption and the day which commemorates the conquest of virile love over the totalitarian creeds of his generation. As men, we could all learn a...
  • Just what is happening at Medjugorje?

    07/25/2006 8:01:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 77 replies · 2,438+ views
    American Papist ^ | July 25, 2006 | Thomas
    The question of Medjugorje is a huge (and often heated) one, and it looks like it's about to get bigger and, well, more heated: VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced a commission would be formed to review the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and pastoral provisions for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the town each year. "The commission members have not been named yet," Cardinal Puljic told Catholic News Service in a July 24 telephone interview. "I am awaiting suggestions from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" on theologians to appoint....
  • Franciscan convent to be built at site of Nazi concentration camp

    07/11/2006 1:05:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 288+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 11, 2006
    Rome, Jul. 11, 2006 (CNA) - The Diocese of Osnabrück in Germany has announced it is building a convent on the site of the Nazi concentration camp of Esterwegen, where four religious sisters of the Franciscans of Münster will take up residence to serve those visiting the camp. The news agency reported that the construction of the convent will entail demolishing the old building that housed the offices of the Nazi officials who ran the camp.  The land where the camp is located belongs to the municipality of Emsland, which has granted approval for the construction. The Franciscan sisters...
  • Franciscan priest killed in Colombia

    07/04/2006 4:04:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 254+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 4, 2006
    Bogotá, Jul. 04, 2006 (CNA) - A Franciscan priest was killed this week in Colombia in the northern region of Magdalena.  Initial investigations indicate the 46 year-old priest was assaulted. Father Luis Alfonso Herrera Moreno, who was the accountant at the San Luis Beltran School, operated by the Franciscans in the costal city of Santa Marta, disappeared on Tuesday after he went out to run a few errands for the school.  His body was found one day later and police said it appeared he had been bludgeoned to death.   According to other officials at the school, Father Herrera took...
  • Malleus Haereticorum - St. Anthony of Padua

    06/13/2006 8:30:25 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 26 replies · 670+ views
    My blog ^ | 6/13/2006 | Pyro7480
    The great Anthony of Padua has a universal appeal in the Catholic Church (he is truly a "catholic" saint). His statue can be found in churches the world over. He is most famous as the patron of lost articles. God knows how many times I've invoked his intercession in that area. But he has earned another title for his gift of converting the "sheep who had wandered" with his preaching - malleus haereticorum - or "the hammer of heretics." While he is known for being a saint of the Italian city of Padua, St. Anthony was actually from Portugal, and...
  • Join in fasting for Ramadan

    10/08/2004 5:05:28 PM PDT · by sidewalk · 119 replies · 1,303+ views
    While I am a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and of St. John the Baptist parish in Schenectady, once again this year, I will fast at least one day during the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic lunar calendar. (This year, Ramadan lasts from Oct. 15 through Nov. 14.) From early dawn until dusk turns to dark, nothing will pass my lips, neither food nor drink, neither medicine nor toothpaste. While fasting, I will pray. I will remember, in my hunger and with the bad taste of "fasting breath" in my mouth, those who go hungry involuntarily and...
  • Vera M. Calandra, R.I.P. - Foundress of U.S. Shrine to Padre Pio

    08/28/2004 4:17:33 PM PDT · by Viva Christo Rey · 6 replies · 2,424+ views
    Vera M. Calandra, 69; built shrine to Padre Pio and promoted his cause. Vera M. Calandra, 69, formerly of Norristown, who helped promote the cause for canonization of the Italian Capuchin friar Padre Pio, died Aug. 19 of heart failure at her home in Barto, Berks County. In 1966, Mrs. Calandra gave birth to her fifth child, daughter Veramarie. The baby had severe urinary tract defects and was operated on several times by Dr. C. Everett Koop at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Koop eventually removed the child's bladder and told her parents that she could not survive. At the time,...
  • Non-Christian Franciscans!? (Scary Incident While Waiting to Enter Rotunda)

    06/10/2004 8:46:27 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 55 replies · 1,576+ views
    myself | 6/10/2004 | Pyro7480
    In the early morning hours today, 10 June, I was waiting in line with thousands of other mourners on the National Mall in Washington, DC to enter the Capitol Rotunda to pay our respects to our beloved former President, Ronald Reagan. As I entered the queue, I saw two women dressed in Franciscan habits, or at least what I thought were Franciscan habits. As the passed by me in the other direction, I asked to join them in their part of the line. I was wearing a crucifix around my neck which I showed to them. I asked them what...
  • Humility renewed a frayed faith

    07/27/2003 12:48:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 176+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 27, 2003 | Thomas Farragher
    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands - She'd been a spiritual wanderer for 20 years, studying century-old teachings of a Russian philosopher, seeking tranquility in Zen and Hinduism. For Charlene Kehoe, Catholicism was a relic of a past she thought she'd left far behind. Her bond with the Catholic Church of her youth had frayed to little more than a seasonal reflex - one token visit at Christmas that was more social than religious. And even that one service could be a sharp reminder of why she'd left. ''I was so disgusted, I think I walked out after Communion,'' Kehoe said...
  • The Slamdunk Monks of Canning Town

    07/09/2003 4:17:14 AM PDT · by LadyDoc · 1 replies · 81+ views
    BBC ^ | July 7,2003 | BBC editorial staff
    The Gray Friars, six Franciscan monks from the Bronx, have set up a mission in one of the poorest areas of London's East End 2 of 8 "We look odd and people are afraid of what looks odd," says Brother John Paul. "People were stand-offish, but now it's great." 3 of 8 The friars open their doors to 30 homeless people. "Poverty here isn't a lack of food, it's not having friendship." 4 of 8 The friars live simply and rely on donations to put a roof over their own heads and to offer shelter and food to others 5...

    06/26/2003 2:31:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 785+ views
    DEVELOPMENTS - BOOKPROOFS 05/12/03 – 10:03 AMDEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAWTHE LAW OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY"Great families of yesterday we show,And lords whose parents were the Lord knows who."DANIEL DEFOE, THE TRUE-BORN ENGLISHMANpt. 1, l. 374 (1701)."[G]roups that have historically been the target of discrimination cannote expected to wait patiently for the protection of their human dignity and equal rights while governments move toward reform one stepat a time."Vriend v. Alberta, [1998] 1 S.C.R. 493, 559 (Can.) (Iacobucci, J.)."The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other."DENIS DIDEROT, Observations on...
  • Roman Catholic friar community growing

    05/22/2003 5:58:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,663+ views
    THE JOURNAL NEWS (New York) ^ | May 17, 2003 | GARY STERN
    YONKERS — Cardinal Edward Egan will ordain eight new priests this morning, but only four will go out in the world with the classic parish priest look: all black suits, white clerical collar, neat Eddie Haskell haircuts. The other four will look as if they're auditioning to play medieval monks in some community theater, with their gray, hooded robes, shaved heads and long, unkempt beards of which Mrs. Haskell never would have approved. Few at St. Patrick's Cathedral will stare with wonder at these men, though, because the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have become a common sight at New...