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  • Turkey requests Santa Claus’ bones from Pope

    12/25/2013 10:30:44 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 69 replies
    The Turkey-based Santa Claus Peace Council has said it has written a letter to Pope Francis, requesting the return of the bones of Saint Nicholas. Council Chairman Muammer Karabulut said they were expecting Pope Francis to give a positive response to their request to have a meeting on the bones, which are currently in Bari, Italy. “We have been struggling for the return of the bones since 1995. State institutions have also been involved in this struggle,” Karabulut said. “So far, we have not reached a conclusion.” Saint Nicholas, a historic Christian saint, died in 343 at the age of...
  • Pope greets Jesuit superior general: “He insisted I treat him like any other Jesuit”

    03/21/2013 8:03:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 19, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A statement from Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicholas, following yesterday’s meeting with his fellow Jesuit, Pope Francis: “At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis, I went to the Santa Marta House, which had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave, at 5:30 p.m. He was at the entrance and received me with the usual Jesuit embrace. We had a few pictures taken, at his request, and at my apologies for not keeping protocol he insisted that I treat him like any other Jesuit at the Tulevel, so I did not have to worry about treatments, “Holiness”...
  • The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either

    12/06/2012 3:35:21 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 5, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today (Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making. Some years ago the Washington Post featured an article entitled Poles Apart: Nicholas of Myra; How a 4th-Century Bishop Achieved Fame 1,500 Years Later, With a Whole New Attitude.On this feast of...
  • Better than Santa Claus, Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/06/2010 4:10:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    WAU.org ^ | December 2010 | Louise Perrotta
    Better than Santa Claus Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker. By: Louise Perrotta A friend was struggling. You could see it in his eyes and in his growing estrangement from his family and from church. I prayed for him, sensing he was headed for deep trouble. And since the need was so great and the crisis so near, I entrusted my friend to the care of St. Nicholas of Myra. This bishop of the early church—the real person behind the figure of Jolly Old Saint Nick—might not strike you as an obvious choice when it comes to interceding for a...
  • The "Claus" Clause [in honor of St. Nick's feast day]

    12/06/2010 11:13:33 AM PST · by mlizzy · 22 replies
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-5-06 | Tom O'Toole
    Having just turned five years old, I was a little young (at least back then) to question the “holiday” law-of-the-land. Of course five-year-olds believed in Santa Claus! But it was back in the day when several ages of neighborhood kids used to hang around together, and I was running with some seven- and eight-year-olds who were feeding me some pretty good reasons not to believe in that benign big man. Most of you are at least vaguely familiar with the various Protestant Reformation (and later secular) traditions that transformed Saint Nicholas into Santa Claus, so it is not necessary to...
  • Church’s Troubles Typify Ground Zero Delays (2008 NYT - south tower fell on St. Nicholas)

    08/17/2010 7:01:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/03/08 | CHARLES V. BAGLI
    Church’s Troubles Typify Ground Zero DelaysBy CHARLES V. BAGLI Published: July 3, 2008 The story of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and its efforts to rebuild after the collapse of the World Trade Center is one of well-intentioned promises that led to endless negotiations, design disputes, delays and mounting costs. It is, in other words, a microcosm of the seven-year, $16 billion, problem-plagued effort to reconstruct the entire trade center site. Within a month of the attack on the trade center, Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, pledged that the four-story church would rise...
  • Celebrating Nikolaus in Germany

    12/06/2009 6:17:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 711+ views
    The Local.de ^ | 4 Dec 09
    The LowdownCelebrating Nikolaus in Germany Published: 4 Dec 09 10:13 CETOnline: http://www.thelocal.de/lifestyle/20091204-15915.html Each December 6, German children celebrate Nikolaus. Why does the Santa look-alike come so early and why do all the children place their shoes outside their front doors on the evening before? The Local has the lowdown. Is Nikolaus the same as Santa Claus? Though they have similar outfits, Nikolaus is not to be confused with Santa Claus, who Germans call the Weihnachtsmann, or Father Christmas. They are two different people. In fact, many religious families try to focus more on Nikolaus earlier in December to insure that...
  • Church celebrates feast of St. Nicholas, the 'original' Santa Claus

    12/06/2009 5:48:31 AM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,533+ views
    cna ^ | December 6, 2009
    CNA STAFF, Dec 6, 2009 / 04:47 am (CNA).- Today, December 6, the faithful commemorate a Turkish bishop in the early church who was known for generosity and love of children. Born in Lycia in Asia Minor around the late third or fourth century,  St. Nicholas of Myra is more than just the inspiration for the modern day Santa. As a young man he is said to have made a pilgrimage to Palestine and Egypt in order to study in the school of the Desert Fathers. On returning some years later he was almost immediately ordained Bishop of Myra, which...
  • Democrats Work On Multibillion-Dollar Jobs Package

    11/26/2009 10:45:59 AM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 940+ views
    LATimes ^ | November 26th 2009
    Democrats Work On Multibillion-Dollar Jobs Package Lawmakers say they're moving fast to get a job-creation bill to Obama by January. It's unclear how much of the effort would be funded with deficit spending. Peter Nicholas November 26, 2009 Reporting from Washington - Troubled by the rising jobless rate, President Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress are assembling a new jobs package that would devote billions of dollars to projects meant to put people back on payrolls in 2010 and keep them working. Discussions over the scale of the bill are fluid, but lawmakers said the intent was to move...
  • Is Stalin or Nicholas the greatest? The answer is obvious

    07/18/2008 3:18:55 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 15 replies · 148+ views
    Timesonline.co.uk ^ | July 18, 2008 | Simon Sebag Montefiore
    As the Russians vote in a poll on a national television station to choose the greatest Russian, Stalin and Nicholas II jostle for the crown. This seems strange. Stalin killed 25 million and sent 28 million through his Gulag camps while, during his own disastrous reign, Nicholas II displayed brutal insensitivity and political ineptitude, faced two revolutions, lost two wars, his throne and his life. In the BBC Great Britons poll, this game was won by Churchill. Charles I, our equivalent of Nicholas II, didn't appear; Henry VIII, the English Stalin, was No 40; Cromwell, our Lenin, was tenth but...
  • Finally a mass in the church of Saint Nicholas in Myra (+ life of St. Nicholas)

    12/06/2007 8:03:07 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 257+ views
    Asia News ^ | December 5, 2007 | Mavi Zambak
    The ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I, after years of insistence, was finally given the possibility to celebrate mass inside of what is, according to the State, only a museum. A saint which is unknown in Turkey, but is origin of Santa Claus. Istanbul (AsiaNews) – Since 99 % of Turkey is Muslim, Christmas is not an official holiday, though it is not prohibited. For the few Christians, December 25th is a regular day in which they go to school or to work and are then left with no choice but to celebrate either in private or in the few available churches....
  • Saint Nicholas of Myra, By Ilya Repin

    12/06/2006 6:05:19 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies · 535+ views
    see source below | n/a | n/a
    From Myra
  • WBZ-TV Video: Prosecutor Says Kamps Threatened to Kill Daughter, Boyfriend, Boyfriend's family

    09/19/2006 12:23:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 22 replies · 1,303+ views
    CBS4 Boston ^ | 09/18/06 | CBS4Boston
    A Maine couple was ordered held Monday on $100,000 bond each after police said they became so infuriated their 19-year-old daughter was pregnant, they tied her up, loaded her into their Lexus and headed to New York to force her to get an abortion. Real estate developer Nicholas Kampf, 54, and his wife, Lola, 53, of North Yarmouth, Maine, were arrested at a shopping center in Salem on Friday after their daughter, Katelyn, escaped by persuading her parents she needed to use the restroom and called police. They were arraigned Monday on kidnapping charges. The alleged abduction began with an...
  • Mayor Arrested in Corruption Probe

    06/09/2006 9:10:21 AM PDT · by FlyVet · 19 replies · 1,028+ views
    ABC News (AP) ^ | Jun 8, 2006 | By MIKE ROBINSON
    (AP)— A longtime suburban mayor was arrested Thursday on federal charges of steering business to a friend's insurance agency in return for bribes over almost two decades. Nicholas Blase, mayor of Niles for 45 years, was arrested as he left his house on his 78th birthday. According to court documents, Blase threatened to withhold liquor licenses and business licenses from restaurant owners unless they bought insurance from the agency once owned by his late friend Ralph Weiner and now run by Weiner's sons. The fraud began at least 17 years ago, an FBI affidavit said. "Businesses were being pushed to...
  • Another Bad Slip for 'NY Times': Katrina Victim Unmasked

    03/23/2006 8:14:51 AM PST · by LM_Guy · 74 replies · 2,941+ views
    E&P ^ | 03/23/2006 | By E&P Staff
    NEW YORK For the second time in less than a week, The New York Times today admitted to a serious error in a story. On Saturday it said it had misidentified a man featured in the iconic "hooded inmate" photograph from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Today it discloses that a woman it profiled on March 8 is not, in fact, a victim of Hurricane Katrina--and was arrested for fraud and grand larceny yesterday. As it did in the Abu Ghraib mistake, the Times ran an editors' note on page 2 of its front section, along with a lengthy news...
  • Bishop Nicholas of Myra: So, you don't believe in Santa? (Merry Christmas, FR!)

    12/23/2005 3:13:59 AM PST · by ovrtaxt · 5 replies · 604+ views
    eldrbarry.net ^ | Christmas, 1999 | Barry McWilliams
    Bishop Nicholas of Myra: Legends and sources The Legend of Bishop Nicholas of Myra: A telling by Eldrbarry: Lots of people think that St. Nicholas is just another name for Santa Claus. After all, Santa is also called Father Christmas, and Kris Kringle, and other names. Actually, Santa Claus is itself a mispronunciation of the Dutch SinterKlass which was their way of saying St. Nicholas. But behind all these name is a boy who actually lived in what is now Western Turkey and what was then Lycia in the Fourth Century, about seventeen hundred years ago. His name was...
  • Response to "Bush should support genocide pact" by Nicholas Kristof, NY Times, 9-26-2005

    09/27/2005 6:24:55 AM PDT · by YoungKentuckyConservative · 2 replies · 437+ views
    Response to New York Times Piece ^ | 9/26/2005 | Dennis E. Fishel
    Response to "Bush should support genocide pact" by Nicholas Kristof, NY Times, 9-26-2005 by Dennis Fishel If anyone ever asks me to run for president, I'm not going to know whether to laugh or cry. Not that I have much to worry about, you understand; retired mailmen-turned-novelists aren't normally on the candidate short list. Still, given that the media voodoo dolls of George W. Bush look like pin cushions these days, it can't hurt for any of us to have an escape plan should our friends and cohorts unaccountably decide we might look good in Oval. When the dogs at...
  • Pray for 4 year old Nicholas (vanity)

    07/18/2005 4:52:22 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 65 replies · 813+ views
    Vanity | 7-18-2005 | DJMacWoW
    Please pray for 4 year old Nicholas. My son and his wife just called from Pa and a friends son was hit by a car. He was hit on July 16th and had surgery today. He has a broken collarbone, broken femur, broken ribs and a bruised lung all on his left side. He also has stitches in his left arm and is on a respirator because of the bruised lung. He's been taken off pain medication to prevent a drug induced coma. He's also restrained. He has 2 rods in his leg holding his left femur together.
  • Fourth Estate Follies - (liberal media getting what it deserves....and has earned, for decades!)

    05/27/2005 6:17:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 23 replies · 949+ views
    AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE.COM ^ | MAY 23, 2005 | TAKI
    Dear, oh dear! Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist, laments, “the climate for freedom of the press in the United States feels more ominous than it has for decades.” He urges vociferous protest and a federal shield law for journalists—this because two journalists have been ordered to jail for refusing a judge’s order to reveal their sources. Both hacks are free pending appeals. Although I was in Albania for a short visit 25 years ago, I was unaware that freedom of the press was about to be curtailed in the Land of the Free. Kristof admits that judges do...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Storied Wine Collection Goes to Auction (Czar Nicholas II)

    12/03/2004 11:58:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 786+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/04 | Jill Lawless - AP
    LONDON - Nestled in cellars tunneled deep into a Crimean mountainside, they survived revolution, war and decades of communism. Hundreds of bottles of wine selected for the pleasure of Czar Nicholas II and preserved on the orders of Josef Stalin were auctioned by Sotheby's in London on Friday — the latest in a slew of Russian collectibles being snapped up at ever-rising prices. Several dozen Russian and European collectors gathered at Sotheby's showrooms to bid on bottles, some more than 150 years old and valued at several thousand dollars, from the imperial Massandra winery near Yalta on Ukraine's Black Sea...
  • Don't forget: St. Nicholas' Day is tomorrow (get your shoes out!)

    12/05/2003 6:10:47 PM PST · by July 4th · 9 replies · 986+ views
    Various sources | 5 Dec 2003 | July 4th
    Read more on American celebrations here: St. Nick's Day can be a nice little surprise Like many ancient traditions, the history of St. Nick's is debated. Some say St. Nick's Day is a decidedly German observance. Others say it is Spanish or Dutch. What is known is that St. Nicholas lived in the fourth century. He was a Christian prelate and the patron saint of Russia. Nicholas was a native of Patara, in the ancient district of Lycia in Asia Minor (now Turkey). He became archbishop of the metropolitan church in Myra, Lycia. How he came to be so...