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  • Lenten Station Churches of Rome - - FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY: SANTI GIOVANNI E PAOLO

    02/24/2012 2:07:37 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 3+ views
    pnac ^ | February 24, 2012
    Passing under the arches which stretch over the Clivio Scauri we come around the side of this ancient church, built over several Roman ruins. Among these is the house in which the patrons of this church witnessed to their faith with their lives. Ss. John and Paul were soldiers who were chosen to serve as functionaries in the Imperial household in the middle of the fourth century. Although the Imperial family was often in heresy with regard to many of the theological disputes of this time, these two saints were able to continue in their offices while holding to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: A POSTERIORI, 02-24-12

    02/24/2012 8:41:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 1+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):A POSTERIORI From what is after, that is, from effect back to cause. Reasoning from experience or inductively. Opposite of a priori. This is the only valid proof for the existence of God, from creatures as effects to the Creator as their First Cause. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • On the 40 Days of Lent

    02/23/2012 8:00:34 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 22, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 40 Days of Lent "Time Spent in the Desert Can Be Transformed Into a Time of Grace" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 22, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the Paul VI Hall. Today the Pope reflected on the liturgical season of Lent. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In this catechesis, I would like to reflect briefly upon the season of Lent, which begins today with the liturgy of Ash Wednesday. It is a journey of 40 days that will lead us to the...
  • On the 3 Last Words of Jesus Dying on the Cross

    02/23/2012 7:55:40 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 15, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 3 Last Words of Jesus Dying on the Cross "We Shall Never Fall Outside the Hands of God, Those Hands That Created Us" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 15, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope continued his reflection on the prayer of Jesus dying on the Cross, today focusing on the three last words of Jesus as recounted in the Gospel of St. Luke. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In our school of prayer last Wednesday, I spoke about...
  • On the Prayer of Jesus Dying on the Cross

    02/23/2012 7:52:23 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 8, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of Jesus Dying on the Cross "In Extreme Anguish, Prayer Becomes a Cry" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 8, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected today on the prayer of Jesus dying on the Cross. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to reflect with you on the prayer of Jesus as death was imminent, by considering what St. Mark and St. Matthew tell us. The two Evangelists give an account of the prayer of...
  • On the Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane

    02/23/2012 7:42:45 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 1, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane "Nowhere Else in Sacred Scripture Do We Gain So Deep an Insight Into the Inner Mystery of Jesus" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected today on the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to speak about the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane, in the Garden of Olives. The setting of the gospel account of this prayer is particularly significant....
  • Essays for Lent: The Trinity

    02/23/2012 5:30:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2003 | Sebastian R. Fama
    The Trinityby Sebastian R. Fama The doctrine of the Trinity can present a challenge to anyone investigating the Christian faith. Even some who call themselves Christian think it unreasonable. However, a close examination of the evidence shows us that not only is the doctrine of the Trinity Scriptural but it is reasonable and to be expected as well.Simply stated the Doctrine of the Trinity teaches us that there is only one God and that one God is comprised of three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The obvious problem that some have with this is that something cannot be both one...
  • 1500 year-old Ď Syriac Ď Bible found in Ankara, Turkey

    02/23/2012 2:20:02 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 3+ views
    National Turk ^ | February 23, 2012
    Ancient Bible in Aramaic dialected Syriac rediscovered in Turkey The relic was ‚Äėrediscovered‚Äô in the depositum of Ankaran Justice Palace, the ancient version of bible is believed to be written in Syriac, a dialect of the native language of Jesus. Ankara / Turkey ‚Äď The bible was already in custody of Turkish authorities after having been seized in 2000 in an operation in Mediterranean area in Turkey. The gang of smugglers had been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives and went to trial. Turkish police testified in a court hearing they believe the manuscript...
  • Lenten Station Churches of Rome - - THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY: SAN GIORGIO

    02/23/2012 2:10:22 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 1+ views
    pnac ^ | February 23, 2012
    Surrounded by the ruins of the empire that put its patron to death, the humble church of St. George in the Velabrum is a continuing reminder of the faith and sacrifice of that great saint. As we head away from the river in the direction of the church, we see the Arch of Janus (late third/early fourth century after Christ) with its many niches, marking the site of the Forum Boarium, the cattle market of the ancient city. This was located in the area of the city known as the Velabrum, possibly so-called because of the yellow sand (from...
  • The Rise and Fall of American Methodism

    02/23/2012 12:36:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 6+ views
    Patheos ^ | 02/23/2012 | Thomas S. Kidd
    The Methodist Church's rise and recent decline is perhaps the most statistically striking story in American religious history. At the time of the American Revolution, the denomination was tiny. English Methodist founder John Wesley was hostile toward American independence, which badly hampered the church's growth in America. After the Revolution, the American church began to operate independently from English Methodists. The legendary Methodist "circuit riders" began reaching the American backcountry, riding on horseback to reach every nook and cranny of the Appalachian frontier and Mississippi River Valley. In 1770, there were about 20 Methodist churches in America. By 1860 that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANAGOGICAL SENSE. 02-23-12

    02/23/2012 8:25:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 1+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANAGOGICAL SENSE Teachings of the Bible that relate to or lead to eternal life, including blessings hoped for and related to that future life, e.g., Jerusalem in its anagogical sense typifies the Church triumphant. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Essays for Lent: Creationism or Evolution?

    02/22/2012 10:03:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 1+ views
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
    Creationism or Evolution?by Sebastian R. FamaIs it possible to know that God exists even though we cannot see or touch Him? Well, we believe that radio waves exist and we canít see or touch them. And we believe it because the evidence allows for no other conclusion. We turn on a television and we see and hear someone who is many miles away. Adjusting the antenna changes the quality of the picture. Disconnect the antenna, and there is no picture. Obviously the television is receiving the pictures and sound from the air. Thus we can know that radio waves exist...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/22/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True FastingBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. Even the two days where fasting is required for those over 18 and under 60, it is really a mitigated fast of two small ďsnack-likeĒ meals and one regular sized meal (no snacks in between now!). Not really a fast at all. A truer fast (going without food for the whole day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able.Yet, even the mitigated fast is ďhardĒ for many as are most...
  • Lenten Station Churches of Rome - Ash Wednesday - St. Sabina

    02/22/2012 2:23:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 1+ views
    pnac ^ | February 22, 2012
    Ash Wednesday - St. Sabina Ascending the Aventine Hill, we leave the noise of the Lungotevere behind us and continue up the small road that leads past stuccoed walls and grassy parks . The Basilica of St. Sabina is soon seen on the right among the pine trees which surround it. This church provides an appropriate place to transition into Lent for it itself is a witness to the time of transition in which it was built, during the last days of the Western Roman Empire. This location is traditionally believed to be near the house of the Roman...
  • The Roman Station Liturgy - Lenten Station Churches of Rome

    02/22/2012 1:40:04 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    pnac ^ | February 22, 2012
    The information in this section comes largely from The Urban Character of Christian Worship, by Rev. John Baldovin, S.J. Footnotes refer to the pages in his text where further information can be found.Station Churches 2012 Each year, the North American College follows the ancient tradition of the Roman stational liturgy. All are invited to join us for the celebration of Mass each day. Using the side bar on the left, you will find the schedule and listing of the churches. Each page contains a short description and history of each church. At the bottom of each page, you will find...
  • Shrove Tuesday: What is Shrove Tuesday? A Pancake Dinner?

    02/21/2012 6:08:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 3+ views
    CERC.org ^ | 2004 | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    Shrove TuesdayFR. WILLIAM SAUNDERSWhat is Shrove Tuesday? Also, do you have any idea why my parish has always had a pancake dinner on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday? Shrove Tuesday is the last day of what traditionally was called "Shrovetide," the week preceding the beginning of Lent. The word itself, Shrovetide, is the English equivalent for "Carnival," which is derived from the Latin words carnem levare, meaning "to take away the flesh." (Note that in Germany, this period is called "Fasching," and in parts of the United States, particularly Louisiana, "Mardi Gras.") While this was seen as the...
  • Earliest manuscript of Gospel of Mark reportedly found

    02/21/2012 5:21:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christianity Today India ^ | 02/20/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Dallas Theological Seminary professor Daniel B. Wallace has said that newly discovered fragments from the Gospel of Mark could be the oldest New Testament artifacts ever found and date from the first century A.D., or during the time of eyewitnesses of Jesus' resurrection. Wallace announced his findings at UNC Chapel Hill on Feb. 1, 2012, during a debate in front of 1,000 people, where he unveiled that seven New Testament papyri had recently been discovered Ė six of them he said were probably from the second century, and one of them, the Gospel of Mark, probably from the first. The...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRED, 02-21-12

    02/21/2012 9:37:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-21-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SACRED The holy or divine. The sacred is that which pertains to God, as distinguished from what pertains to human beings; that which is eternal, in contrast with the temporal; the heavenly as opposted to the earthly; the mysterious and therefore not the rationally explainable; the infinite and not the finite. In all religions, the sacred is the Absolute, which does not change, whereas the profane is the relative, whose essence is to change. (Etym. Latin sacrare, to set apart as sacred, consecrate.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,...
  • Presidents' Day 2012 (Knights of Columbus TV Commercial)

    02/20/2012 8:00:42 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 18 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | February 17, 2012 | Knights of Columbus
    A commercial made by the Knights of Columbus which was run earlier today on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)†† ===>†† Link for "Presidents' Day 2012" (Knights of Columbus commercial on youtube)
  • The beast with the ten horns is the European Union

    02/20/2012 11:09:15 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 31 replies
    The Warning ^ | Sunday, February 19th, 2012 | Maria Divine Mercy
    The beast with the ten horns is the European Union Sunday, February 19th, 2012 @ 03:00 am My dearly beloved daughter you must not be frightened by these messages. For they are being given to the world because of the love that I have for the whole of mankind. Knowledge of events to come will help prepare My children so that they can defend the truth. My warnings can help spread conversion and will enable My children to , once again, acknowledge the truth of My promise to come back again. My Second Coming will take place in your lifetime...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MALTESE CROSS, 02-20-12

    02/20/2012 10:01:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 3+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MALTESE CROSS A cross with four equal limbs of spreading or triangular form. So called because it was the badge of the military and religious order of the Knights of Malta. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Ash (or Clean) Monday - Lent Begins (for some Catholics) - February 20, 2012

    02/20/2012 9:54:00 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Various ^ | February 20, 2012
    < Miracle of Cana in Galilee SUNDAY of Entrance to Great Lent†Romans 14:14-23 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; still, it is unclean for someone who thinks it unclean. If your brother is being hurt by what you eat, your conduct is no longer in accord with love. Do not because of your food destroy him for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be reviled. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit;...
  • DiManno: Impunity at the top of the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2012 9:40:43 AM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 17 replies
    Toronto News ^ | Febuary 16, 2012 | Rosie DiManno
    Dictators, who tend not to die peacefully in their beds, are among the few on this planet who can claim a job for life. And then thereís the pope. No challenge to his authority, no Catholic Spring, no curia putsch allowed there; canít be dislodged for reasons of poor health, psychological trauma or colossally bad judgment in ministering to the worldís nearly 2 billion faithful. Pontiffs are sitting pretty once elected by conclave. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415, a strategic maneuver to end the battle for the papacy (three vying) that was known as the...
  • Hispanic Mormons Speaking Out Against Romney

    02/20/2012 8:03:01 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    The Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 02/20/2012 | Russell Contreras
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ó When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like ďcoming home.Ē The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in ďthe middle of Mayan ruins,Ē appreciated the faithís strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos. But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt...
  • Romneyís Religion: The Most Scrutinized Doctrines of Mormonism

    02/20/2012 5:28:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 45 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 19, 2012 | Kelly O'Connell
    Öif Mitt Romney truly is the presumptive GOP nominee, well then we must familiarize ourselves with the most frequently criticized elements of Mormonism. SNIP Öaccording to NY state court recordsÖ Ölegal bills from separate charges filed against Joseph SmithÖshow, was arrested three times in the county between 1826 and 1830 for...Smithís involvement in ďglass looking,Ē or searching for treasure, and ďbeing a disorderly person.Ē SNIP Ödescribes LDS beliefs on the gods: ÖLDS Prophet Brigham Young taught: ďHow many Gods there are, I do not knowÖ" Öobedient Mormons can evolve into gods as McKeever describes... SNIP ÖJoseph Smith did not have...
  • Lincoln's fatalism and American faith

    02/18/2012 3:15:20 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 19 replies
    A retired US Marine officer with whom I corresponded asked, "What type of crisis do you think will cause the intellectual right to form a critical mass - if that is even possible?" I wrote back, "Lincoln's Second Inaugural is chiseled on the wall of his monument, and he said all that needs to be said. If they won't take it from Lincoln, why would they take it from us?" But it's Lincoln's birthday, and it's time for another try. Abraham Lincoln is America's least popular president. It seems odd to say this given the near-deification of a man who...
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Maryís Voice Ė Part 3 (Submission) [Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2012 11:21:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Jan 30th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Maryís Voice Ė Part 3 (Submission) Jan 30th, 2012by Gary Zimak. As we continue with Part 3 of a 7-Part series on Maryís words in Scripture, Iíll be taking a look at the final words of the Blessed Mother to the angel Gabriel.† Last time we focused on Maryís declaration that she is the Lordís handmaid (servant).† Essentially, Mary informed Gabriel that she considers herself to be the Lordís servant.† Furthermore, as a sign that she fully accepts her mission to bring the Savior into the world, Mary adds the words:ďMay it be done to me according to...
  • St. Patrick's is redecorating for new cardinal (interesting info on the galero)

    02/18/2012 11:03:20 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 18, 2012 | KEN K. TSE and WILSON DIZARD
    At St. Patrick‚Äôs Cathedral, red is the new green. Workers were busy yesterday revamping the church so the right color scheme will be ready when Archbishop Timothy Dolan returns to New York as a newly elevated cardinal.The traditional green carpet on the steps that lead to the bishop‚Äôs throne, or cathedra, was ripped out and replaced with red. The chair‚Äôs green velvet upholstery was also switched out.‚ÄúRed is the color of cardinals; it is also the color of martyrs, those who shed their blood,‚ÄĚ said the Rev. Joe Tyrrell, who supervised the alterations yesterday. ‚ÄúSo it‚Äôs appropriate that it‚Äôs red.‚ÄĚThe...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY OF EINSIEDELN, 02-17-12

    02/17/2012 9:27:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OUR LADY OF EINSIEDELN Marian shrine in the Benedictine Abbey chapel at Einsiedeln in Switzerland. A Brother Meinrad, in 840, retired from the Benedictine monastery at Reichenau to the forest of nearby, hoping to lead a more austere life. He took with him a small statue of Mary and her Son, and his cell became Our Lady's small chapel. this simple statue showed the Christ Child resting on his mother's left arm, while his little hand is raised in blessing. Twenty-three years later the old monk was murdered by bandits who thought he had hidden gold...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HERRENMORAL, 02-16-12

    02/16/2012 9:18:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HERRENMORAL Literally the morality of the masters (Herren). A concept of ruthless behavior associated with the ethical theories of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher and author of The Antichrist. Such ideas as the will to power, superman, master race, and the primacy of the strong-minded with no regard for Christian principles have deeply penetrated Western society. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Woe to the Solitary Man Ė A Brief Meditation on our Need for the Church

    02/15/2012 3:28:20 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a line from the Book of Hebrews that says this: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb 10:24-25). The teaching is clear, we must come together each week for Mass and learn to live in deep communion with one another. We are not meant to make this journey alone. We need encouragement and exhortation, food for the journey, company and protection. In...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHAMBERLAIN, 02-14-12

    02/14/2012 8:04:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-14-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHAMBERLAIN Over the centuries, the title of several classes of prelates of the Holy See, including: privy chamberlains, who compose the college of masters of pontifical ceremony; privy chamberlains to His Holiness, who are honored for special service to the Church; chamberlains of honor extra urbem, who are priests chosen from cities outside of Rome, who have the title of monsignor, and who in turn are subdivided into various classes; and chamberlains of honor of sword and cape, who may not be persons of distinction but nevertheless are deserving of recognition. (Etym. Latin camera, a chamber.)...
  • Polygamy: Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was the first Mormon prophet to practice polygamy.

    02/13/2012 9:11:14 PM PST · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    He took as many as 48 wives. Sources: [Official LDS website: FamilySearch.org] [A comprehensive PDF] [Wikipedia]Many were teenagers, as young as 13 years old. Many were already married to other men and continued in polyandry: having more than one husband.He married pairs of sisters, and even took a mother and her daughter for wives. The wives of the prophetsThe first seven Mormon prophets had at least 135 wives. Mormon prophet Number of wives Joseph Smith 48 Brigham Young 55 John Taylor 7 Wilford Woodruff 5 Lorenzo Snow 11 Joseph F. Smith 6 Heber J. Grant 3 Summary of Events...
  • Culture with Local Bishops and Issues a Call to the Laity [Ecumenical]

    02/13/2012 7:54:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 13, 2012 | By: Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Benedict Shares Sober Remarks on American Culture with Local Bishops and Issues a Call to the LaityBy: Msgr. Charles Pope On January 19,† Pope Benedict addressed bishops from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Virgin Islands. These U.S. bishops were in Rome for their periodic ďad liminaĒ visits, which included meetings with the pope and Vatican officials, covering a wide range of pastoral matters.His words provide some sober reflection for us. As is usually the case, I would like to provide excerpts of the Popeís remarks...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ARCHIEPISCOPAL CROSS, 02-13-12

    02/13/2012 9:14:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-13-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ARCHIEPISCOPAL CROSS A cross with two horizontal crossbars; it forms a part of the heraldic arms of an archbishop. It is carried before him in processions and solemn liturgical functions within his own ecclesiastical province. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Dead Cities of Syria

    02/13/2012 8:55:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | 2/4/12
    Syria continues to be in the news as its government persists in its use of violence to crack down on protests inspired by the Arab Spring. It is the latest of many upheavals the country has been through since its formation as a state. In the northwest of the country are reminders of past turmoil and upheaval. Over 700 abandoned settlements bear the collective name The Dead Cities of Syria.These abandoned municipalities scatter the landscape and contain the remains of a confident, vibrant and sophisticated culture Ė one which effectively disappeared over fifteen hundred years ago. Left behind, incredible and...
  • Pope Funds Restoration of Algeria's St Augustine Basilica

    02/13/2012 8:42:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AGI (Italy) ^ | 2/12/12
    (AGI) Vatican City - Benedict XVI will contribute to funding the restoration of Algeria's St Augustine Basilica in Annaba which began a year ago. The news was reported by the Vatican Radio, speaking of how this place of worship - built on the hill overlooking the ruins of Hippo Regius that was Saint Augustine's bishopric and consecrated early in the 20th century - was intended according to the great humanist and man of dialogue to become a sign of the Church's universality.
  • Do ďOfficialĒ Mormon Sources Exist?

    02/12/2012 7:24:21 PM PST · by Colofornian · 40 replies
    Mormon Coffee (MRM.org) ^ | Jan. 26, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    How do you know?
  • Promises Mormons Make [Mitt's extreme self-mutilation promises he made in Mormon temple]

    02/12/2012 7:05:25 PM PST · by Colofornian · 51 replies
    Mormon Coffee (MRM.org) ^ | Jan. 30, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    On January 22 (2012) on Fox News Sunday Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney answered a question from Chris Wallace regarding Mr. Romneyís generous financial gifts (tithing) to the Mormon Church. Mr. Romney said, "This is a country that believes in the Bible, the Bible speaks about providing tithes and offerings, I made a commitment to my church a long, long time ago that I would give 10 percent of my income to the church, and Iíve followed through on that commitment. And hopefully as people look at the various individuals whoíre running for president theyíd be pleased with someone who...
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Maryís Voice Ė Part 2 (Humility)[Catholic Caucus]

    02/11/2012 10:52:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Jan 23rd, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Maryís Voice Ė Part 2 (Humility) Jan 23rd, 2012by Gary Zimak. †As we continue with Part 2 of a 7 Part series on Maryís words in Scripture, Iíll be taking a look at a powerful statement made by Mary to the angel Gabriel.† Last time we focused on Maryís question to the angel after learning that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Savior.† Having made a vow of virginity, Mary was confused as to how Godís will could be fulfilled.† She didnít doubt that it could happen (unlike Zechariah, who flat out didnít believe...
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Maryís Voice: Part 1, Confusion [Catholic Caucus]

    02/11/2012 10:42:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com. ^ | Jan 15th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Maryís Voice: Part 1, Confusion†† Jan 15th, 2012 by Gary Zimak. †We have been blessed with several Church-approved apparitions of the Blessed Mother throughout the years.† In each of these appearances, Mary has urged repentance and the importance of following Christís commands.† As we struggle to lead holy lives, wouldnít it be nice if Mary could speak to us and give us the necessary encouragement to keep on the right path?† Fortunately, that is entirely possible and it can happen TODAY!† By opening up our Bibles, we can hear the Blessed Mother speak directly to us and...
  • Paul VI: ďdanger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities ...Ē

    02/11/2012 5:59:51 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 1+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | February 10, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The pontificate of Paul VI produced many a disaster, in my opinion, but when it came to a crucial turning point, in the face of diabolical opposition Paul VI issued Humane vitae.I suspect many of you have never actually read Humanae vitae, though you have heard many invoke it for good or ill.Here is an excerpt: Consequences of Artificial Methods17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how...
  • Scholar Says Mormon Scripture Not an Egyptian Translation

    02/10/2012 9:34:37 AM PST · by reaganaut · 96 replies
    Signature books ^ | 2012 | Signature Books
    Chicago¬óIn 1835 a traveling curiosity peddler of Egyptian mummies arrived in the small town of Kirtland, Ohio. He caught the attention of Joseph Smith (1805-44), the controversial founder of the Mormon religion. Smith secured a large sum of money from his followers ($2,400, or $60,000 in today¬ís dollars) to purchase four Egyptian mummies with scrolls of papyri. Smith announced that he could do what no one else could do: translate the ancient hieroglyphics. Smith asserted that the papyri contained the writings of the biblical prophets Abraham and Joseph. He titled his translation of the papyri the ¬ďBook of Abraham.¬Ē Smith¬ís...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMPETRATION, 02-10-12

    02/10/2012 9:16:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):IMPETRATION One of the fruits of prayer and good works, especially one of the four ends of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Impetration with right disposition and the fulfillment of prescribed conditions invariably obtains from God what is asked of him, provided it is to our spiritual advantage. It is ensured petition. (Etym. Latin impetratio, the action of procuring or obtaining by request or entreaty.) See Also: ENDS OF THE MASS All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Review of Mark Levinís New Book Ameritopia from a Biblical Perspective

    02/10/2012 4:24:55 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 8 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/9/12
    First of all let me tell you how much I like Mark Levin, who is known by many conservative media icons as ďthe Great OneĒ. I personally was totally looking forward to Markís new book and knew that it would be an excellent read or listen if you have an IPod. Mark starts out in his new book looking at the spectrum of philosophic views and utopian ideals of six men, their published works and ideologies, Plato, Thomas Moore, Thomas Hobbs, Vladimir Lenin, John Locke, Charles Secondat Baron de Montesquieu and the Founding Fathers. Each look gives great insight into...
  • From Slave to Saint: The Story of St. Josephine Bakhita [Catholic Caucus]

    02/09/2012 6:10:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WAU.org ^ | February 2012 | Jill Boughton
    From Slave to Saint The Story of St. Josephine Bakhita By: Jill Boughton The girl was walking in the fields some ways off from her home, when two strangers appeared and asked her to pick them some fruit. Brought up to show courtesy to adults, the nine-year-old hurried to obey. Not until she was in the forest did she realize it was a trick. ďI saw two persons behind me,Ē she later recalled. ďOne of them briskly grabbed me with one hand, while the other one pulled out a knife from his belt and held it to my side....
  • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND CONVERSION BY G. K. CHESTERTON, CHAPTER III: THE REAL OBSTACLES

    02/09/2012 5:03:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | Copyright, 1926 | G. K. Chesterton
    CHAPTER III: THE REAL OBSTACLES In the last chapter I have dealt in a preliminary fashion with the Protestant case in the conventional controversial sense. I have dealt with the objections which I suspected very early of being prejudices and which I now know to be prejudices. I have dealt last and at the greatest length with what I believe to be the noblest of all the prejudices of Protestantism: that which is simply founded on patriotism. I do not think patriotism is necessarily prejudice; but I am quite sure it must be prejudice and nothing else but prejudice, unless...
  • On the Sad End of Solomon Ė A Moral Lesson for Us All

    02/09/2012 5:03:13 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 8, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The readings at daily Mass currently focus on the kingship of Solomon. Perhaps the high point of his life was, when presented the opportunity to ask anything whatsoever from God chose not gold or glory, but Wisdom. Today we read of the Visit of the Queen of Sheba and saw a description of his Court and Kingdom in all its glory. Her early years are a portrait of a man deeply rooted in God. But later in life Solomon turned from his first love and his infidelity ultimately led to divided kingdom. It is a moral tale that contains a...
  • 10 Reasons to Believe in a Historical Adam

    02/09/2012 12:58:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/09/2012 | Kevin DeYoung
    In recent years, several self-proclaimed evangelicals, or those associated with evangelical institutions, have called into question the historicity of Adam and Eve. It is said that because of genomic research we can no longer believe in a first man called Adam from whom the entire human race has descended. I'll point to some books at the end which deal with the science end of the question, but the most important question is what does the Bible teach. Without detailing a complete answer to that question, let me suggest ten reasons why we should believe that Adam was a true historical...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROME, 02-09-12

    02/09/2012 9:18:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ROME The diocese of the Pope, also called the See of Peter, the Apostolic See, the Holy See, and the Eternal City. According to ancient tradition, St. Peter first came to Rome in A.D. 42; St. Paul arrived about A.D. 60. Both were martyred here under Nero, most probably in 64. The history of the city from that time to the present can be divided into several periods: 1. the age of persecution, to the Edict of Milan in 313; 2. freedom recognized by the empire and the building of the first churches, to the fall,...