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  • Possible Crusader Ring Depicting St. Nicholas Unearthed in Israel

    02/28/2018 5:31:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 28, 2018 | Laura Geggel
    About 700 years ago, a bronze ring depicting St. Nicholas — the saint who inspired the modern-day figure of Santa Claus — slipped off the finger of its owner, likely either a crusader or a pilgrim traveling to the Holy Land. The ring lay buried in the dirt for hundreds of years, until a gardener in Israel found it last week while weeding in Lower Galilee. The gardener, Dekel Ben-Shitrit, 26, turned the unusual ring over to Israel's National Treasures Department, where archaeologists dated the metal artifact to between the 12th and 15th centuries, during the Middle Ages. [The Holy...
  • 'St Nicholas's Pelvis bone' DOES come from the fourth century

    12/06/2017 10:47:15 PM PST · by mairdie · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 December 2017 | Harry Pettit
    A pelvis bone said to belong to the fourth-century saint who inspired the story of Father Christmas could indeed be from the legend himself, scientists have said. Researchers at the University of Oxford radiocarbon tested the the bone said to be from St Nicholas, and found it dates from the correct historical period. While they cannot categorically prove they are from the Christian saint, the team said the results pinpoint the relic's age to the fourth century AD. This is the period widely believed to have been when St Nicholas died, around 343 AD.
  • The Real St. Nicholas – How Did a Cantankerous but Holy Bishop Become Jolly Ole St. Nick?

    12/06/2010 2:56:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Real St. Nicholas – How Did a Cantankerous but Holy Bishop Become Jolly Ole St. Nick?By: Msgr. Charles Pope  Today 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...
  • 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...
  • 'Black Pete' Makes Some See Red ... Racism Controversy Dampens Holland's Sinterklaas Tradition

    11/22/2013 11:39:38 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/18/2013 | Rebecca Farivar
    • Racism controversy dampens Holland's Sinterklaas tradition Children across Europe eagerly await the arrival of St. Nicholas on December 6. But in Holland, the tradition has racist implications that the Dutch aren't quite willing to give up. For the Dutch, Sinterklaasavond (St. Nicholas Eve) on December 5 is the biggest celebration of the year - bigger than Christmas. That evening, families gather and exchange presents, and children leave out their shoes in the hopes that Sinterklaas will have fill them with candy by the next morning. What seems like a harmless holiday devoted to gifts, candy, and children, has a...
  • Modern Santa Has Little in Common With 'Original' One, Scholar Says

    12/25/2012 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/25/2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    No Christmas passes by without depictions of Santa Claus, and yet we know little about St. Nicholas, the real man behind the red-suited, white-bearded legend. A U.S. scholar, who discovered the truth about him, offers insights on what the "original" Santa was known for. While the vast majority of saint stories that circulated in the early church involved extraordinary miracles and healings or dramatic martyrdoms and confessions of Christ, the story of Nicholas was about a regular family facing a familiar crisis to which ordinary people could relate, writes Adam C. English, author of The Saint Who Would Be Santa...
  • Better than Santa Claus, Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/06/2010 4:10:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 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...
  • Who Was St. Nicholas? The True Story Of Santa Claus

    12/06/2011 4:10:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | December 6, 2011 | Rome Reports
    December 5, 2011. ( December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Bari, otherwise known as Santa Claus. He was bishop of the city of Myra, in present day Turkey, where he died in the fourth century. When the city was conquered by Muslims, his remains were moved to the Italian city of Bari. When his parents died, he divided his fortune among the poor. Because of his generosity, tradition remembers him as Santa Claus, who every year would deliver gifts to everyone. He is also the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Turkey. In Rome, a temple...
  • Who Is Saint Nicholas?

    12/19/2010 4:27:02 PM PST · by Bokababe · 15 replies
    St. Nicholas Center ^ | 2010 | Staff
    The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while...
  • Suspicious blaze breaks out at Bronx church St. Nicholas of Tolentine

    03/05/2010 8:36:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 625+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | 03-05-10 | Mike Jaccarino AND Jonathan Lemire
    Suspicious blaze breaks out at Bronx church St. Nicholas of Tolentine By Mike Jaccarino AND Jonathan LemireDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Friday, March 5th 2010, 2:56 PM Harbus for NewsThe two-alarm blaze broke out just before the noon Mass at St. Nicholas of Tolentine as the University Heights church started to fill up with parishioners, the pastor said. Harbus for NewsThe fire started in a former confessional-turned-storage room in the vestibule of the church, blocking the main entrance. A suspicious fire ignited in a Bronx church Friday, filling the sanctuary with flames and smoke and forcing its pastor to hustle...
  • Turkey May Want Santa Bones Back

    12/31/2009 3:57:30 PM PST · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 541+ views
    Daily Express (U.K.) ^ | December 31, 2009
    Top officials in Turkey say the country is considering requesting the return of St Nicholas's remains from Italy so they may be placed at a museum to be built at his birthplace. St Nicholas, from whom the story of Santa Claus emerged, was born and served as a bishop of what is now the Turkish Mediterranean town of Demre, in the 4th century AD. He was buried there, but his bones were later taken to the southern Italian town of Bari. Turkish Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay told the Anatolia news agency that Turkey was planning to build a museum in...
  • Celebrating Nikolaus in Germany

    12/06/2009 6:17:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 711+ views
    The ^ | 4 Dec 09
    The LowdownCelebrating Nikolaus in Germany Published: 4 Dec 09 10:13 CETOnline: 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...
  • German diocese creates ‘Santa-free zone’

    11/12/2009 11:55:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies · 721+ views
    CNA ^ | Speyer, Germany, Nov 11, 2009 German diocese creates ‘Santa-free zone’ Related articles: Santa ClausAdvent Christmas Tree BlessingHail to Thee, True BodyChristmas Tree Speyer, Germany, Nov 11, 2009 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- In an effort to encourage people to replace the commercialization of the Christmas season with a true devotion to Advent, Christmas and the “true Santa Claus,” several groups within the German Diocese of Speyer have initiated a “Santa-free campaign.” The Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) of Speyer has partnered with other organizations to champion the cause of St. Nicholas of Myra, a friend and helper of children and those in trouble....
  • Russia's Patriarch Kirill praises humility on St. Nicholas' Day

    05/22/2009 11:50:07 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 321+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 22/05/2009
    MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) - The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church spoke of the importance of meekness during a service on Friday in central Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral to commemorate St. Nicholas' Day. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, fishermen, children, travelers, the falsely accused and the sick, as well as of the cities of Bari, Amsterdam and Liverpool. He is also the archetype for the British and U.S. version of Santa Claus. He is especially venerated in Russia. On Friday, the Russian Orthodox Church marks the day when the relics of St. Nicholas the...
  • A Visit from St. Nicholas (and His Financial Elves)

    12/23/2008 11:19:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 540+ views
    With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House (and the Senate) Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that a stimulus soon would be there. The voters were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of "hope" and "change" danced in their heads. The winners completed their victory lap, And we all settled down for our long winter's nap. For this year the markets had caused such a clatter-- Mortgages--credit crunch--what was the matter? With th'economy hitting new...
  • The "Claus" Clause

    12/02/2008 9:21:54 AM PST · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-05-06 | 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-06, Opt. Memorial, St. Nicholas

    12/06/2006 11:14:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 224+ views
    USCCB.,org/New American Bible ^ | 12-06-06 | New American Bible
    December 6, 2006 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Psalm: Wednesday 48 Reading 1Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save...
  • Santa Claus smacks down heresy

    12/30/2005 9:10:34 AM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 396+ views
    Magic Statistics ^ | 12/26/2005
    The institution of Santa Claus has its roots in stories about St Nicholas's generosity and love toward children. But St Nicholas, 4th-century bishop of Myra, had another side. While attending the Council of Nicea in AD 325, he defended orthodox Christology in particularly vigorous fashion:During the Council of Nicea, jolly old St. Nicholas got so fed up with Arius, who taught that Jesus was just a man, that he walked up and slapped him! That unbishoplike behavior got him in trouble. The council almost stripped him of his office, but Nicholas said he was sorry, so he was forgiven.Maybe Santa...
  • How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus: One Theory

    12/20/2005 7:20:30 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 863+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 20, 2005
    Jeremy Seal on an Epic History BATH, England, DEC. 20, 2005 ( The modern persona of Santa Claus is a far cry from its origins: St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra. So how did he go from a charitable saint to an icon of Christmas consumerism? Travel writer Jeremy Seal embarked on an international search to answer that question and recorded his findings in "Nicholas: The Epic Journey from Saint to Santa Claus" (Bloomsbury". Seal told ZENIT what he discovered tracking the cult of Santa Claus across the globe and why he thinks St. Nicholas and his charism of charity still...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-05, Optional Memorial of St. Nicholas

    12/06/2005 9:09:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies · 460+ views American Bible ^ | 12-06-05 | New American Bible
    December 6, 2005Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent Psalm: Tuesday 52 Reading IIs 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...