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  • Doomsday French mountain to be closed 'on day the world ends' 21.Dec.2012

    12/03/2012 10:41:46 PM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4.Dec.2012 | Henry Samuel
    New Agers and UFO watchers will be barred access to the flat-top mount outside Bugarach, population 179, during a four-day period around the date they are convinced represents Armageddon. New Agers and UFO watchers will be barred access to the flat-top mount outside Bugarach, population 179, during a four-day period around the date they are convinced represents Armageddon. They believe the Pic de Bugarach is an "alien garage" and that extraterrestrials are quietly waiting in a massive cavity beneath the rock for the world to end, at which point they will leave, taking, it is hoped, a lucky few humans...
  • Pope calls on bishops to run charities better

    12/03/2012 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Benedict XVI. (Credit: Anne Hartney) Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching. The Pope’s six-page letter, released Dec. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or misunderstanding.” Bishops and parish priests “are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while...
  • Pope Benedict will make Twitter debut with @pontifex

    12/03/2012 1:55:55 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Greg Burke speaks to the media about the Pope's new Twitter account at a Dec. 3, 2012 press conference. Credit: Estefania Aguirre-CNA. Vatican City, Dec 3, 2012 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's Twitter account will be @pontifex and will start on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Vatican representatives announced. The news of the 85-year-old tweeting came out weeks ago, but officials finally revealed the account's name and that it will be launched on the Marian feast day, which they said was a coincidence. But instead of informing people of his favorite band and...
  • Archdiocese of the Internet

    12/03/2012 1:04:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Tech Talk ^ | 12/1/12 | Joe Luedtke
    I received an email from the Austin Diocese the other day wondering if this blog operates on the approval of our diocese. In writing back, I responded somewhat flippantly with the question, Which diocese covers the Internet? The point I was trying to make was, of course, that there isnt a diocese that covers this blog nor the Internet as the Internet has a global reach. Later, a crazy idea crossed my mind, should there be a diocese that covers the Internet?Pope Benedict XVI has described the Internet as a Digital Continent with our mission to go forth and evangelize...
  • The Hans who rocked Catholicism to reform the church

    12/03/2012 11:25:15 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | Jaya Rao
    Throughout history, religious reformations have changed the way people look at the concept of faith and a higher power. Denmark has been no exception in this respect. In the last 1,100 years, the country has experienced two major religious reformations that have changed the course of its history. And today, with church attendances dwindling and calls growing for a separation of church and state, the country would appear to be on the verge of a third. While the first reformation took place when King Harald Bluetooth embraced Christianity in the 10th century, it is the second − which saw a...
  • Cloistered Benedictines top charts with Advent album

    12/03/2012 11:17:23 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 2, 2012
    (Vatican Radio) A community of contemplative nuns, their cloistered monastery located in the farmlands of Missouri, have released an album of sacred music to mark the beginning of the liturgical season of Advent. “Advent at Ephesus” debuted on November 20th in the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Chart. The nuns featured on the album are members of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order of sisters founded in 1995. All of the music was conducted and arranged by the order’s prioress, Mother Cecilia, a professionally-trained musician who performed in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Ohio...
  • The True Spirit of Vatican II

    12/03/2012 9:05:32 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/2/12 | Douglas Bushman
    The main desire of the Council was to reinvigorate the Churchs mission of promoting a fully human life in Jesus Christ.As far as I know, no participant in the Second Vatican Council summed up its goals or described its spirit as addressing the question whether Gods truth and love are effective, that is, whether they have the power to steer men on a course conforming to their dignity. Nevertheless, the overarching question that the Council did address leads to this question. For the Council Fathers the question was: Ecclesia, quid dicis de te ipsa? Church, what do you say about...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CIVIL ALLEGIANCE, 12-03-12

    12/03/2012 8:52:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): CIVIL ALLEGIANCE Duty of respect and obedience owed by every man to the state of which he is a member. In the light of Christian principles this does not mean that one must support his country right or wrong, complying with wrong conditions solely for the sake of security. Spiritual obedience to God and the Church should not conflict with allegiance to lawfully constituted civil authority. As explained by St. Paul, "You must all obey the governing authorities, since all government comes from God, the civil authorities were appointed by God, and so anyone...
  • Nun's Music Sends Message Against Rebuke by Vatican

    12/03/2012 8:05:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Pittsburgh Post -Gazette ^ | 12/2/12 | Laurie Goodstein-The New York Times
    When Kathy Sherman was in college during the final years of the Vietnam War, she played the guitar with friends in her dorm room and sang folk and protest songs over bowls of popcorn. They sang Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez, and some friends said her voice reminded them of Judy Collins. Sister Kathy graduated and joined an order of Roman Catholic nuns, the Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange, but she never stopped making music. Last spring, when the Vatican issued a harsh assessment of the group representing a majority of U.S. nuns accusing them of...
  • An inspiring video

    A very inspiring vid about a very inspiring person
  • Holy Impatience

    12/03/2012 8:00:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/1/12 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Some years before he was elected pope, Joseph Ratzinger was asked what he thought about the health of the Church. He answered that she was doing very well; she was just a lot smaller than most people thought. He was exactly right. We need to think of the Church in our age as a seed of life embedded in layers of dead tissue. We also need to distinguish the Church in the emerging world from the Church in developed nations. In the emerging world, the Church has few material resources. She rarely has adequate money for education, development, or ministry....
  • American Catholics less devoted, study suggested

    12/03/2012 7:22:06 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    A new study has found that Catholics now have the lowest proportion of "strongly affiliated" followers among America's major religious traditions, while evangelicals are growing stronger in their devotion to their faith. Philip Schwadel, a sociologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, whose findings rely on a survey conducted among a cross-section of Americans on an annual or bi-annual basis since 1974, notes that from about a 5-percentage-point difference in the 1970s in how strongly Catholics and evangelicals felt about their religion, it has increased to around 20 percentage points today. Roughly 56 per cent of evangelicals now say they're strongly...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/3/12)[Prayer]

    12/03/2012 5:00:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/3/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Ruach Ha-kodesh (Hebrew: רוח הקודש, "Holy Spirit" Isaiah 63:10-11 (Also Psalm 51) 1. Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save.” 2. Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? 3. I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod...
  • Who is the Harlot AND Her Daughters?

    12/03/2012 2:15:56 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 342 replies
    12/3/2012 | self
    Question: In the passages below a harlot symbolizes something. The title on her head is "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." One of the titles is "the mother of harlots". This suggests that there are other harlots that have sprung from this harlot. This is more curiosity then anything else...but what are opinions on what this represents? Rev 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-12, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2012 9:48:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2012 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Reading 1Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come,The mountain of the LORD's houseshall be established as the highest mountainand raised above the hills.All nations shall stream toward it;many peoples shall come and say:"Come, let us climb the LORD's mountain,to the house of the God of Jacob,That he may instruct us in his ways,and we may walk in his paths."For from Zion shall go forth instruction,and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.He shall judge between the nations,and impose...
  • On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith

    12/02/2012 9:15:48 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 28, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith "The God of Jesus Christ has Revealed our Grandeur as Persons Redeemed by Love" VATICAN CITY, NOV.28, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The main question that we ask today is: how can we speak of God in our time? How can we communicate the Gospel, to open roads to his saving truth in the hearts, that are often closed, of our contemporaries and in...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Evangelisation: why and how?

    12/02/2012 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    SanCarlo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli `
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Pope Benedict calls Virgin birth "unequivocal" truth in new book

    12/02/2012 8:35:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/2012 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict published the last part of his trilogy on the life of Jesus on Tuesday, delivering an early childhood narrative which strongly reaffirms the doctrine of the virgin birth as an "unequivocal" truth of faith. In the book, 137 pages in its English version, Benedict also urges his readers to stop seeing God as someone who limits personal freedom. "The Infancy Narratives - Jesus of Nazareth" will be published around the world in some 20 languages. It goes on sale on Wednesday. It is bound to be another international bestseller like the previous volumes. The...
  • Food for thought

    12/02/2012 2:58:58 PM PST · by paterfamilias · 2 replies
    The Roman Missal | 12-2-2012 | me
    Offertory, 1st Sunday in Advent (Tridentine Rite) Psalm 24 1-3. Ad te levvi nimam meam: Deus meus, in te confdo, non erubscam: neque irrdeant me inimci mei: tenim univrsi, qui te exspctant, non confundntur. To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded.
  • GOD'S SUDOKU

    12/02/2012 1:41:16 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 25 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/02/2012 | Bill Russell
    GODs SUDOKU (Part 1) Deriving the presence of God in our World and Lives I have been struck by the growing number of people who are publicly proclaiming that God does not exist. From the well known atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Michael Dawkins, and Penn Gillette, to lesser known groups who like to refer to themselves as free thinkers. While their arguments range from high minded intellectualism to wanton pleasure seeking, they all boil down to the simple premise that we cannot prove that God exists anymore than we can prove unicorns or fairies exists. They then point to the...