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Siblings Harmonize in Song (2638)

Fannin Eleven Sing on NBC and Shine as Catholic Witness

12/21/2011 Comments (1)
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– Fannin Eleven Facebook

They have been compared to the Von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame, as well as the Partridge and Osmond families.

They’re the Fannin family — known as the Fannin Eleven — from Hortonville, Wis.

This past fall they were in the national spotlight as contestants on NBC’s prime-time program The Sing-Off.

“We all grew up surrounded by music,” said 27-year-old Jacob, who serves as the family’s unofficial spokesman. “Cantoring at Mass has been a family thing that has been passed down the line.”

All would include six boys and five girls.

Jacob said that their mother, Kate, has always played the piano at their two parishes, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Greenville, Wis., and Most...READ MORE

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Latin Makes a Comeback (13568)

From language immersion classes to interest in the origins of the new Mass translation, a ‘dead language’ reveals new strength.

12/21/2011 Comments (42)
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While Patrick Owens, a Latin instructor at Wyoming Catholic College, climbed to the summit of East Temple Peak last fall with a group of his students, not a word of English was spoken. The hike was sponsored as part of the college’s Latin-immersion program.

Standing near the summit, Owens recalled, “It suddenly hit me that we were surveying the grandeur of God and speaking Latin.” 

This emphasis on Latin at the six-year-old Wyoming Catholic, where students read and discuss classical and Christian authors entirely in Latin, appears to be one indication of an emerging trend: an upswing of interest in Latin among Catholics. But it is far from being the only sign. 

For the first time an...READ MORE

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Discovering Gods Will, Gift Books of Christian Wisdom, Turin Shroud is Authentic, and much more! (2945)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/21/2011 Comment

Gift Books of Christian Wisdom: A Syllabus for Our Era. Click on the link by Fr. James V. Schall SJ to learn more.

5 Essentials for Discovering & Living God’s Will - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Gift Books of Christian Wisdom: A Syllabus for Our Era - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Crisis Magazine

We Cannot Follow Christ without Sharing in His Cross - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Can God Speak to Me in My Dreams? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Turin Shroud is Authentic - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Messianic Prophecies: Daniel 7:13-14 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

7 Reasons why “Merry Christmas” will always beat “Season’s Greetings” - Michale Cook, MercatorNet

Catholic Leaders Hope Kim Jong Il’s Death Opens Way to Reunification -...READ MORE

Filed under bioethics, catholic blogosphere, catholic health association, dreams, gods will, messianic prophecies, obamacare, religious liberty, shroud of turin, university of notre dame

Catholic Bloggers Wish List, The Call of a Lifetime, Smells and Bells, and much more! (3154)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/20/2011 Comment

“Smells & Bells”. Click on the link by the California Catholic Daily to read more.

Catholic Bloggers Christmas Wish List - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

The Call of a Lifetime - Joe Sales, Ignitum Today

Beautiful Christmas Vigil in City Centre makes Pro-Life Message Heard - Youth Defence

“Smells & Bells” - California Catholic Daily

Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, OP, Rest In Peace - Bp. Paul D. Etienne, Truth in Love

Is There Something Attached to Your Giving? - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Traditional Marriage Supporter Blacklisted from Teaching at College - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Bp. Alexander Sample: Contraception a Clear Factor in Church Decline - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com

Obama At the University of Notre Dame was “Trojan...READ MORE

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Pope Approves Miracle of Kateri Tekakwitha (4890)

Way cleared for her canonization Dec. 19.

12/20/2011 Comments (8)

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI formally recognized a miracle attributed to Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha on Dec. 19, clearing the way for her to be canonized.

Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” Blessed Kateri was born in 1656 in upstate New York. Her father was a Mohawk chief and her mother was an Algonquin who was raised Catholic.

A smallpox epidemic killed both of her parents and left her with poor eyesight and a badly disfigured face at a young age.

Despite objections from her relatives, she was baptized at age 20, after meeting several Catholic priests. An outcast from her community, Kateri lived a life of deep prayer, with a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

She died in...READ MORE

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India Tribunal Indicts Local Government for Anti-Christian Violence (2524)

Report describes violence as ‘torture’ and lambasts government officials for being ‘silent spectators and bystanders.’

12/20/2011 Comments (2)

Families attend midnight Mass outside Our Lady Of Charity Church in Raikia, 200 miles south of Bhubaneswar, India.

– Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

BHUBANESWAR, India — Local government agencies in the Indian state of Orissa were negligent and even biased during anti-Christian violence that left more than 100 people dead three years ago.

That was the conclusion of an independent tribunal examining the violence in eastern Orissa state, where Hindus hounded local Christians out of the remote jungle district of Kandhamal.

“The 2008 attacks in Kandhamal were widespread and were executed with substantial planning and preparation,” declared the jury of the National People’s Tribunal on Kandhamal. “The violence meets all the elements of ‘crimes against humanity,’ as defined in applicable international law.”

The tribunal pointed out that...READ MORE

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New Saint and Doctor of the Church, B16s Christmas Card, Sharing in His Cross, and much more! (4418)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/20/2011 Comment

Saint Hildegard of Bingen. Click on the link to learn more.

New Saint and Doctor of the Church: The Sybil of the Rhine - Anita Moore, V for Victory

Saint Hildegard of Bingen - Pope Benedict XVI, Paul VI Hall

Benedict XVI’s Christmas Card is Unveiled - Catholic Herald

“Hail! Tabernacle of God and the Word!” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

We Cannot Follow Christ without Sharing in His Cross - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Remembering Joy - Tess, The Lighthouse

Children with Down Syndrome Bring Joy - Barbara Curtis, Mommy Life

“The Advent Revolution” - Fr. Robert Barron, Integrated Catholic Life™

Messianic Prophecies: Numbers 16-19 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Theo-Logic: Understanding What Divides Catholics from...READ MORE

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Disciples Go Hollywood (5055)

When the movies Come to the Stable: a tour of good and bad portrayals of Christians and their beliefs in the movies.

12/19/2011 Comments (11)

George Bailey (James Stewart, r) has an interesting conversation with Clarence Odbody AS2 (Henry Travers) in It's a Wonderful Life.

When friends gather around the Christmas tree to sing at the close It’s a Wonderful Life, it’s a “resounding affirmation of Christian ethics,” and yet without a homily or even overt Christian smells and bells.

That’s Peter Dans, a medical doctor who is a movie buff,  weighing in his Sheed & Ward book, Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners, now in affordable paperback. During an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, he talks about another movie of the season and what we look like on the silver screen — with a closing salvo to his Catholic schooling.

Have Christians really gone from saints to sinners on the silver screen?

There have always been sinful Christians in film...READ MORE

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