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The Shroud's Rosary Connection (3344)

April 22 issue feature on Dominican monastery that houses 'true copy' of the Shroud of Turin.

04/29/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the monastery

'True copy' of the Shroud of Turin

– Courtesy of the monastery

One of the most treasured relics in Christendom is the Shroud of Turin. Countless people believe it is the burial cloth of Jesus.

Not many people can travel to the Turin cathedral, where the shroud is kept. Even if pilgrims could go to Italy, the shroud is rarely displayed for the public. The April-May 2010 showing was a result of Pope Benedict XVI’s giving special permission to “move up” the showing originally scheduled for 2025.

The faithful here in America can pray before a replica. My wife, Mary, and I headed 30 miles west of Manhattan — on a knoll at an intersection a stone’s throw from downtown Summit, N.J. — to Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery (NunsOPSummit.org) to see for...READ MORE

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Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word Celebrate 25th Anniversary (8447)

EWTN's 'TV Priests' reach big milestone. April 22 issue feature.

04/29/2012 Comment
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Friars with Birmingham, Ala., Bishop Robert Baker.

– Courtesy of the friars

On May 2, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word mark a milestone: the 25th anniversary of their founding.
“There is significance that Mother Angelica started EWTN to defend Jesus Christ, and we were founded on the feast of St. Athanasius, a doctor of the Church, defender of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the ‘Father of Orthodoxy,’” said Father Joseph Wolfe.

Today, Father Joseph serves as chaplain to EWTN’s 350 employees. He entered the fledgling community as a founding member in May 2, 1987, eventually becoming the first priest ordained for this new Public Clerical Association of the Faithful in 1993. The name of the friary is Annunciation Friary. It was dedicated on the...READ MORE

Filed under ewtn, franciscan missionaries of the eternal word, mother angelica

Here Comes the Catholic Bride (13111)

April 22 feature on modest dress choices.

04/28/2012 Comments (31)
Craig Spiering

– Craig Spiering

After 10 years of the strapless dress dominating the wedding scene, it may be that fashion is finally catching up to what many Catholic brides are looking for in a wedding dress — individuality, style and elegant modesty. Kate Middleton’s long-sleeved wedding gown was the catalyst that showed the world how a bride can be both beautiful and modest.

“It was the perfect storm. Brides were looking for something different, and designers were ready for a change,” says Josie Daga, founder of the resale-wedding-dress site PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. “This beautiful, iconic princess wears a dress with sleeves, and now you see so many more brides in non-strapless gowns.”

Though gowns with...READ MORE

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Christian Story Comes to Life (1791)

April 22 issue feature on the Holy Land: a look at the pivotal moments of Christ's ministry.

04/28/2012 Comments (1)
Niki Kalpakgian

Sunset over Mount Tabor

– Niki Kalpakgian

Our senses full from the experience of Jerusalem and the mystery of our Christian faith, we headed north for the second part of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (See first part in March 25 issue.)

We left the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem and entered the less-crowded towns around the Sea of Galilee.
Our journey would fill in the missing pieces of the Christian story: understanding Mary and Joseph, as well as exploring the public ministry of Jesus. While studying the geography of the area and contemplating the humble beginnings of the apostles, disciples and the Holy Family, my faith grew.

The Fiat
As the bus slowed to turn off the highway, I saw the sign: Nazareth. All the Bible...READ MORE

Filed under christ, holy land, jesus christ, life of christ, travel

My Post-Conversion Story, The New Combox Wars, Investment and the Common Good, and much more! (28959)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2012 Comments (1)

My Post-Conversion Story. Click on the link by Francis J. Beckwith to read more.

My Post-Conversion Story - Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

The New Combox Wars - Kayla, The Alluring World

Investment and the Common Good - Christopher Bloom, Crisis Magazine

Saint George and the Dragon - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Hunger Games Post-Game Review - Daniel McInerny, Catholic Exchange/Crafting Culture

Black and White for the Shades of Grey - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Queen of the Sciences: Four Questions to Understand the Throne of the Theology - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Mark Clark: Once First U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, on "What’s My Line" - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The United States, a “Boom” of...READ MORE

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The New Media and the Church: Here Comes Everybody (4874)

Saturday Book Pick: Bloggers offer advice on how the Internet can serve in the New Evangelization.

04/27/2012 Comments (4)

The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists and Bishops Who Tweet has an implicit message that reminds me of the comment sometimes attributed to James Joyce — that the Catholic Church means “Here comes everybody.” Not just the Vatican, not just the bishops, not just the parish council, but everyone — for better and for worse.

And the blogosphere, increasingly, is everybody, too. Like nothing that I can think of in Church history, the blogosphere allows faithful Catholics to find each other for reciprocal inspiration, support, exchange and development of thought, sheer fellowship and for who knows what other purpose added in the last 24 hours.

As The Church and the...READ MORE

Filed under evangelization, internet, new evangelization, new media, pope benedict xvi, social media

Sebelius Says She Sought Religious 'Balance,' But Ignored Key Precedents (5306)

04/27/2012 Comments (18)
CNA

– CNA

Washington D.C. — Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she was unaware of legal precedents confirming religious freedom, even as she sought a “balance” between believers' rights and the contraception mandate.

“I'm not a lawyer, and I don't pretend to understand the nuances of the constitutional balancing tests,” Sebelius told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) during an April 26 hearing.

In her responses to subsequent questions, the secretary admitted she was unaware of Supreme Court cases stretching back several decades, in which religious believers' rights against government intrusion were upheld by the court.

Gowdy had asked Sebelius to explain the legal basis for what...READ MORE

Filed under congress, contraception, kathleen sebelius, religious freedom, religious liberty, trey gowdy

Registration for WYD Rio 2013 to Open in July (2102)

04/27/2012 Comments (3)
CNA

– CNA

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Organizers for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said that registration will be open starting this July and that young people who wish to attend must register exclusively through the official website.

“Rio awaits you with open arms,” organizers said. “Come and participate in this great event and show the strength of young people around the world.”

Members of the WYD Local Organizing Committee said online registration would be the sole means for signing up to participate in the event scheduled for July 23-28 next summer, which Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend.

“The registration page is the entryway into WYD Rio 2013. All pilgrims who come...READ MORE

Filed under pope benedict xvi, rio de janeiro, world youth day

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