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  • Richard III's DNA throws up infidelity surprise

    12/02/2014 4:36:01 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-2-14 | Paul Rincon
    Analysis of DNA from Richard III has thrown up a surprise: evidence of infidelity in his family tree. Scientists who studied genetic material from remains found in a Leicester car park say the finding might have profound historical implications. Depending on where in the family tree it occurred, it could cast doubt on the Tudor claim to the English throne or, indeed, on Richard's. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications. But the scientists would not be drawn on what meaning it might have - if any - for the current Royal Family, as it was still unknown...
  • Archaeologists unearth new evidence of Roman and medieval Leicester

    12/12/2015 10:23:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    University of Leicester Press Office ^ | December 10, 2015 | posted by ap507, contact Mathew Morris, John Thomas
    Archaeologists, led by John Thomas and Mathew Morris of ULAS, have been investigating a series of medieval and post-medieval backyards dating from the 12th century through to the 16th century... Evidence recorded includes stone-lined pits (possibly storage pits or cisterns), rubbish pits, latrines, wells, boundary walls and a possible late 15th or 16th century cellar. Such activity, and the evidence carefully collected and recorded from it, will give important new insights into the lifestyles and industry of the people living along one of Leicester's principle medieval streets... The site lies at the heart of Leicester's historic core, close to significant...
  • 16th century Mexican church re-emerges from underwater

    10/19/2015 3:25:24 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 28 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 10/17/15
    The ruins of a 16th century colonial church have re-emerged from a reservoir due to the lack of rain in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. This year's drought has gripped the Grijalba river, which feeds the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir, dropping the water level by 75 feet. It is the second time the church has emerged from underwater. In 2002, the water was so low visitors could walk inside the church. The church, in the Quechula locality, is the work of a group of monks headed by Friar Bartolome de la Casas, who arrived in the region inhabited by the Zoque...
  • Major rally for Franciscans of the Immaculate held in Rome

    06/16/2014 7:10:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | June 16, 2014 | tantumblogo
    A significant rally in defense of the Franciscans of the Immaculate was held in Rome over the weekend. The effort was basically an appeal by the laity formerly attached to the FIs (their association being terminated by the direct order of the apostolic overseer Fr. Volpi) to Pope Francis to have mercy on the Immaculates and stop the severe intervention in the order, which many insiders report as dying as a result of the draconian actions taken against both the male and female sides over the past year. The rally was attended by hundreds (it could have been more, but...
  • Touchdown! Franciscans reach goal with a winning kick (restoration project)

    04/16/2014 2:41:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | April 14, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    ROME — Bypassing strapped government funding, a community of Franciscan friars in Rome was able to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars in 30 days through the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter.The small cell where St. Francis of Assisi used to sleep when he came to Rome. (Screengrab from the Franciscans’ Kickstarter webpage) The Franciscans in charge of the Church of St. Francis at Ripa will be using the money to restore the darkened, crumbling cell where St. Francis of Assisi stayed during his visits to Rome.More than 1,100 people, mostly from the United States, contributed to the Franciscans’...
  • We ask for the resignation of Fr. Volpi, commissioner of the Franciscans of the Immaculate

    12/10/2013 4:25:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 12/10/13 | Roberto de Mattei
    Lepanto Society: We ask for the resignation of Fr. Volpi, commissioner of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Father Volpi deposed the entire general government of the order, starting from its founder, Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli, who finds himself under house arrest without even knowing the reasons why By Roberto de Mattei Note: A group of sites and of associations of lay Catholics have started to collect signatures to ask for the dismissal of Fr. Fidenzio Volpi from his duty as commissioner of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. All those who wish to sign this appeal may do so by clicking...
  • Franciscans of the Immaculate Commissioner is interested in only one matter: the Traditional Mass

    08/25/2013 4:43:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 8/25/13 | New Catholic
    Rorate Caeli lavabo per singulas noctes lectum meum, lacrimis meis stratum meum rigabo Franciscans of the Immaculate - Intervention Commissioner is interested in only one matter: the Traditional Mass From the questionnaire sent by the Commissioner (Monsignor Vito Angelo TODISCO, OFMConv, Apostolic Visitator) designated in the Intervention of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (the Congregation for Religious), it is clear that only one concern is in the mind of Cardinal-Prefect João Braz de Aviz and Secretary Abp. Rodríguez Carballo, OFM: the "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite", both the Traditional Mass and...
  • Franciscans of the Immaculate: Vatican Attempts to Reassure -- Reasoning Not Convincing

    08/03/2013 2:38:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | August 3, 2013 | Tancred
    (Rome) The unrest has not remained hidden among Traditional Catholics from the Vatican, that has developed from the treatment of the Traditional Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. The need to intervene and reassure. However, the justification offered here is hard to believe. . The exemplary Franciscans of the Immaculata, which was canonically erected in 1990, will, by a decree dated the 11th of July be placed under provisional administration by the Congregation of Religious. It was also arranged that all the priests, would celebrate the liturgy according to the New Rite. It is a serious attack against the...
  • Audit Finds Sexual Abuse Was Topic Decades Ago

    06/19/2013 6:42:36 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Published: June 18, 2013 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    A regional province of the Capuchin religious order that had fought allegations of sexual abuse for decades decided last year to open its files dating to the 19th century to three independent auditors, in what the order claimed to be a first in the long-running Roman Catholic Church abuse scandal in the United States. The auditors report, released on Tuesday, found that sexual abuse by friars in the St. Joseph Province of the Capuchin Order was discussed at meetings as far back as 1932, the first year for which minutes of meetings were available. After more than a dozen students...
  • Report documents eight decades of Capuchin province's poor handling of sex abuse

    06/18/2013 6:42:44 PM PDT · by haffast · 21 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 18, 2013 | Joshua J. McElwee
    For eight decades, leaders of a community of Catholic priests and brothers spanning 10 U.S. states acted inadequately in responding to sex abuse allegations and prioritized protecting accused abusers over their victims, concludes an audit released by the group Tuesday. The report, released by a province of Franciscan priests known as Capuchins, could raise questions of how communities of religious, which are not under direct control of bishops, are handling abuse allegations. It also addresses themes many critics of the U.S. church's response to sex abuse have raised since the issue made national headlines in 2002. The report says that...
  • Op-Ed: Imminent: Israel's Capitulation to the Vatican

    06/13/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | June 13, 2013 6:20 AM | Giulio Meotti
    A long-awaited agreement between the Vatican and Israel appears to be near finality. The two main points revolve around the Church's requests to build two centers in Israel: a church in a section of the Caesaria National Park where a site dedicated to Paul once stood, and the use of a plot on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The structure on Mt. Zion, the highest point of Jerusalem, is known as the Cenacle, where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place, and according to the deal which will be signed in the coming months, it will become open to...
  • Catholics caught in crossfire as Libyan violence continues (Franciscan friars barricaded in convent)

    08/24/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | August 23, 2011
    Tripoli, Libya, Aug 23, 2011 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Libya's conflict rages on between rebel forces and troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, Catholics in the capital city of Tripoli are seeking protection. Currently there are three Franciscan friars barricaded in the convent in Tripoli, a source told the Vatican-based Fides news on Aug. 23. No one dares to walk in the street because people are shot on sight, even if it is not clear who shoots who. The fighting in Libya has continued for around six months and is being waged by the rebel Transitional Authoritywhich is being...
  • City Hall Hoists Rainbow Flag Above Old Glory

    06/18/2011 6:27:58 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    TFP ^ | 6/14/2011 | Norman Fulkerson
    Contrary to flag etiquette, the rainbow flag was hoisted higher than the American flag. The campaign in Binghampton, New York, June 3, had an interesting twist. As we raised the American flag to begin our efforts in favor of traditional marriage, a group of people standing on the opposite side of the street in front of City Hall were about to do the same. However, they were not raising old glory. Instead they were hoisting the very symbol of the opposition: a rainbow flag, with the approval of city mayor Matthew Ryan. Breaking with flag etiquette Those in...
  • 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 Irelands 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,...
  • U.S. speedskater took leap of faith (quit to become Franciscan Sister)

    02/15/2010 4:56:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies · 624+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 2/14/2010 | Martin Rogers
    Twelve years ago at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, a 17-year-old speedskating prodigy named Kirstin Holum was tapped for future greatness. (snip) The peaceful surrounds of the convent is where Holum, now known as Sister Catherine, devotes her life to religious service as a Franciscan nun. That calling had begun on a trip to Our Lady of Fatima, a holy site in Portugal famed for a series of religious visions that appeared nearly a century ago. It was outside the Fatima basilica where Holum decided that a path of religious dedication, not frozen skating lanes, would be her destiny. (snip)...
  • On the Mendicant Orders

    01/13/2010 9:31:22 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies · 318+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 13, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Mendicant Orders "The Proposal of a 'Lay Sanctity' Won Many People" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 13, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, At the beginning of the new year, we look at the history of Christianity, to see how a history develops and how it can be renewed. In it we can see that it is the saints, guided by the light of God, who are the genuine reformers of the life of the Church and of...
  • Just a Closer Walk With Thee: Friars Trudge 300 Miles and Find Kindred Souls on the Way [Ecumenical]

    07/29/2009 8:08:41 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 622+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/29/2009 | William Wan
    They've been mistaken for Jedi-wannabes headed to a Star Wars convention. They've been investigated by police, approached by strangers, gawked at from cars and offered gifts of crumpled dollar bills and Little Debbie snacks. After trekking along more than 300 miles of dusty Virginia country roads and suburban highways, six Franciscan friars reached Washington on Tuesday, having seen it all during an offbeat modern-day quest for God. For six weeks, the brothers walked from Roanoke with only their brown robes, sandals and a belief in the kindness of strangers to feed and shelter them. The sight of six men in...
  • A brief moment of Catholic media reflection.

    01/05/2009 6:52:36 PM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 4 replies · 272+ views
    Turn up the sound and groove.
  • Sandals & Fiddlebacks - Franciscan Traditional Latin Mass

    05/01/2008 10:18:46 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 12 replies · 67+ views
    YouTube ^ | 4/28/2008 | n/a
    Formal fiddleback chasubles and modest Franciscan sandals come together in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Traditional Latin Mass) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. The video is put to beautiful music from the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, our sister order. The music was recorded in Italy and is a fine example of the high quality of their music which, combined with the friars in Italy, are playing a major part in spearheading the reform of liturgical music in Italy.
  • Tribute to Br. Francis Mary Kalvalage, FI (1923-2007)

    08/25/2007 6:28:04 AM PDT · by fr maximilian mary · 1 replies · 95+ views ^ | Nunc | Franciscans of the Immaculate
    In Memoriam: Br. Francis Mary Kalvelage, FI (1923-2007)THE EARLY YEARSBorn Martin Kalvelage on April 9, 1923, Bro. Francis Mary was raised in San Francisco, California. During World War II he served with the armed forces as a pilot in the Pacific theatre of operations. Such initial training prepared his natural propensities for the gift of grace: discipline, fidelity, hard working and above all a deep sense of purpose. The angelic doctor St. Thomas confirms that grace is built upon nature. A humorous account Bro. Francis used to tell his confreres that served as one of the factors for him to...
  • Brothers find their way among the impoverished, Newark monastery will open up its space

    08/21/2007 6:22:44 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 1,081+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 05, 2007 | JEFF DIAMANT
    The thin stream of blood extended the length of the sidewalk running by the Catholic monastery's front door, trickled around the corner and ended midway down the block. The friars who live inside assumed a gunshot victim had collapsed. There, the monks gathered one night last summer and prayed, as residents of 13th Avenue in Newark's West Ward looked on. Two months later, the friars showed up in religious garb at a fu neral for another young area gunshot victim, and they again drew stares. Last autumn, the friars learned that people liked having them in the neighborhood. A man...
  • Sainthood (canonization)sought for slain 16th-century friars (Martyrs in Georgia) (Catholic Caucus)

    04/09/2007 12:22:31 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 650+ views
    StarNewsOnline ^ | 4/7/2007 | Russ Bynum
    Sainthood sought for slain 16th-century Ga. missionaries By RUSS BYNUMAssociated Press Writer SAVANNAH, Ga. - The report took 23 years to compile, with each of its nearly 500 pages individually notarized to ensure authenticity, before the Rev. Conrad Harkins carried it across the Atlantic Ocean in a box sealed by the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. Harkins arrived at the Vatican with the package in late March. After 410 years, five Spanish missionaries slain by Guale Indians on what's now the Georgia coast were on the path to possible sainthood. The documents delivered by Harkins make up the official case urging...
  • Xian: 16 nuns brutally beaten for having defended a school of the diocese (China)

    11/29/2005 9:40:02 AM PST · by emiller · 5 replies · 525+ views
    Asianewsnet ^ | 11-28-05 | Asia News
    Rome (AsiaNews) Hundreds of faithful in the Xian diocese, along with their friends and relatives, protested in the streets of the city yesterday to call for justice against a group of thugs who, on the night of November 23, brutally attacked 16 nuns of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sacred Heart Missionaries. These nuns have been admitted to hospital: one has lost her eyesight and another is also in serious condition. The nuns were attempting to prevent the demolition of a school that belongs to the diocese but that city authorities sold to a commercial company. The nuns had...
  • "IslamoChristianity at NYU Catholic Center"

    10/01/2005 7:08:09 PM PDT · by milford421 · 75 replies · 930+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/1/05 | milford421
    I took this right off the Jihad Watch website. Mr. Spencer received it from a reader. Pax Christi involvement... From a Jihad Watch reader: "I am rather upset this wonderful morning in NYC. I arrived this morning at a Catholic retreat sponsored by Pax Christi at the NYU Catholic Center. The retreat was titled "Peacemaking Beyond Ourselves, Beyond Our Borders with Francis and Claire." It was led by Kevin Queally, TOR. The day was to focus on St. Francis, his outreach to others, including a Muslim Sultan during the Crusades. As I proceed to look at the literature handed out,...
  • St. Louis of France, [King Louis IX]

    08/24/2004 7:12:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies · 1,132+ views
    Catholic Forum ^ | Catholic Forum
    LOUIS IX Also known asLouis Capet Memorial25 AugustProfileKing for 44 years, being crowned at age 12; his mother ruled as regent until he reached 22. Founded monasteries, built leper hospitals, and collected relics. Married at age 19, and father of eleven. Franciscan tertiary. Led two Crusades and died on one. Born25 April 1214 at Poissy, FranceDied25 August 1270 at Tunis, AlgeriaCanonized1297 Name Meaningfamous warrior Patronagearchdiocese of SaintLouis,Missouri, barbers, builders, buttonmakers, constructionworkers, Crusaders, deathofchildren, difficultmarriages, distillers, embroiderers, Frenchmonarchs, grooms, haberdashers, hairdressers, hairstylists, kings, masons, needleworkers, parenthood, parentsoflargefamilies, prisoners, sculptors, sickpeople, soldiers, stonemasons, stonecutters, tertiariesRepresentationcrown of thorns; king holding a cross king...
  • 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...
  • Westcott and Hort part 3

    03/01/2003 1:11:00 PM PST · by Commander8 · 7 replies · 300+ views
    An Understandable History of The Bible ^ | 1987 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp Th.D
    Westcott's Peace-Movement No true Christian loves war. A Bible believer takes the premillenial view and realizes that war is caused by the sinful nature of mankind-James 4:1. He understands that this will all be changed at Christ's return-Philippians 3:21.
  • Taking Issues With The Vatican

    10/21/2002 9:27:40 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 159+ views
    Taking issue with the Vatican Monday, October 21, 2002 By JOHN CHADWICK Staff Writer As he left church Sunday, parishioner Peter Melchiano said Catholics should consider sending a simple but powerful message to the Vatican about its handling of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. "I think it comes down to either zero tolerance, or zero donations," Melchiano said. A schoolteacher in Paterson, Melchiano said he's outraged over Rome's rejection last week of the American church's tough new rules for priests who abuse children. The rules, which called for removing any priest for a single instance of sexual abuse, are in...
  • Priest Leaves Bethlehem Church

    04/28/2002 2:07:42 PM PDT · by history_matters · 5 replies · 218+ views
    The Wire - News from the AP ^ | Apr 28, 2002 | IBRAHIM HAZBOUN
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) The priest in charge of the Church of the Nativity left the besieged compound Sunday for the first time in a month so he could celebrate Mass at a nearby church. The Rev. Ibrahim Faltas and another monk from inside the church were escorted by Palestinian and Israeli vehicles to St. Anthony's Church, about 1 1/2 miles from the Church of the Nativity. They returned a few hours later. More than 200 Palestinians, including about 30 gunmen, took cover in the compound April 2 in a hail of gunfire during an Israeli invasion, part of...
  • Shooting breaks out at Nativity Church

    04/16/2002 5:49:34 PM PDT · by history_matters · 105 replies · 469+ views
    UK Yahoo News ^ | April 16, 2002 | Reuters
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen hiding in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity have exchanged fire with Israeli soldiers who have surrounded the traditional birthplace of Jesus in a two-week-old standoff. Fransiscan Father Seweryn Lubecki, who is one of several dozen Christian clerics stranded in the church after Palestinian gunmen burst in two weeks ago, said the fighting lasted for about an hour. "We could hear heavy rifle and tank shooting. It is hard for us to determine who started the shooting. We are locked up and we could not see the whole thing," he told Reuters by telephone....
  • Pope telephones Franciscans in Bethlehem church

    04/16/2002 12:40:21 PM PDT · by history_matters · 25 replies · 284+ views
    Top News at Netscape ^ | Tuesday, 16 April 2002 | Reuters
    ROME (Reuters) - Pope John Paul has telephoned Franciscan monks holed up in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to express his solidarity with them, the Vatican said Tuesday. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the Pope spoke Monday afternoon to Father Ibrahim Faltas, Catholic head of the shrine. "The Pope thanked them for their Christian witness and sent them his blessing in this moment of particular difficulty," the statement said. Israeli soldiers have surrounded the church which Christians believe stands on the site of the birthplace of Jesus, for about two weeks in a standoff with about 100 Palestinians...