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Wadowice: Pope John Paul II’s First ‘Seminary’ (2978)

Part 2 of Joan Frawley Desmond’s journal about her pilgrimage to Poland.

08/01/2011 Comments (1)

Part one of this series appeared July 26.

Our pilgrim group, organized by Franciscan University at Steubenville and headed by Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, wended our way to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Jozef Wojtyla, the Polish boy would become Pope John Paul II.

Born in 1920, he lived in this small city during his childhood and adolescence, until 1938, when he entered the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Suffering and loss soon entered the life of the small family, with the death of Karol’s mother in 1929, and then his older brother in 1932. Yet a deep faith and sense of hope — rather than desolation and bitterness — pervaded the Wojtyla home, a spiritual perspective fostered by...READ MORE

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Dawn Eden's Teatime With Archbishop Sambi (1986)

Convert recalls late papal nuncio's love for the Jewish people and all people: 'The way that the archbishop was so warm, so fatherly and personable, it felt like he was conveying the Holy Father's love for each one of us, which is, of course, an extension of God’s love for each one of us.'

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — Author and Catholic convert from Judaism Dawn Eden remembers Archbishop Pietro Sambi as a pastoral leader with a “fatherly” heart who shared a special connection with her over his deep affection for the Jewish faith.

Archbishop Sambi, the Pope’s diplomatic representative to the U.S., died on Wednesday, July 27, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after lung-surgery complications.

Eden, known for her 2006 bestseller The Thrill of the Chaste, remembers a unique and surprising series of events with the late archbishop that are forever branded in her memory.

In a July 29 interview with CNA, she recalled meeting Archbishop Sambi for the first time in 2007 at a dinner...READ MORE

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Erin Go Bonkers, The Confessional Seal, Red China's Only Trappist Monastery, and much more! (3000)

The Best in the Catholic Blogosphere

07/30/2011 Comment
Thank you Esther of a Catholic Mom in Hawaii for the pic to the Blessed Virgin Mary Garden

Want to know how to honor the Blessed Virgin with a Mary Garden? Click on Cheryl Dickow's link and learn more!

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Erin Go Bonkers - George Weigel

. . . Fr. Tim Finigan: How should we respond to threats from the State . . .

. . . Fr. Robert J. Araujo: Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis . . .

. . . CatholicCulture.org: Behind the Anti-Vatican Campaign in Ireland . . .

. . . Ireland’s Papal Nuncio to be transferred to Czech Republic . . .

Confessional Seal: A Matter of Divine, Not Merely Human, Law - Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

. . . Mundabor’s Blog: How Bloggers Can Help to Protect the Seal of Confession . . .

Anders Breivik & the Echo-Chamber of the Trolls - Damian Thompson, The Daily Telegraph

. . . U.S. Bishops Offer Prayers After Tragic Norway Attacks . . .

. . . ...READ MORE

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Responsible Use of the Media (3956)

Saturday Book Pick: Steubenville professor outlines relationship between faith and media.

07/30/2011 Comments (3)

In this, his first book, Eugene Gan seeks to lay out the basic principles that, according to Scripture and the magisterium, “should govern Catholics’ understanding and use of the media,” most especially new media such as the Internet. He expounds on seven “media keys” culled from Church documents on social communications which date back to 1936. These keys include balance, dignity of the human person, truth and skillful development.

Gan, who teaches communication arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville, feels many people are unaware of “the relationship between faith and the media they use.” The principles laid out in the book are a guide to not only facilitating awareness of the...READ MORE

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Saving Notre Dame's Soul (32093)

Our Lady’s University is at a critical juncture, says longtime history professor.

07/29/2011 Comments (99)
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — “Notre Dame is a place that is not clear about its mission and identity. There is a debate here as to whether it will be a Catholic university at its heart or just in a peripheral way.”

So says Notre Dame history professor Father Wilson Miscamble.

While Notre Dame has made headlines in recent years over salacious — and scandalous — controversies involving The Vagina Monologues on campus, honoring President Barack Obama, and, most recently, a now-former trustee who was generous in her support to abortion-advocacy organizations, daily Mass continues in single-sex dorms on campus. Meanwhile, many faithful professors lie low but provide solid anchors to the school’s...READ MORE

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What To Do in Adoration, Baptism by Blood, Conjugal Love and NFP, and much more! (3615)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/29/2011 Comment

Want to know what to do during Eucharistic Adoration? Click on Marcellino D'Ambrosio's link and learn!

What to do in Adoration - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Catholic Lane

Baptism by Blood and the Apostle James - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Conjugal Love Receives a “Higher Value” through NFP - Chris. J. Stravitsch, HLI America

Quæritur: Morning Sickness & the Eucharistic Fast - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and My Conversion to Catholicism - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What Bible Did the Sadducees Use? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Erotic Theology of Mad Men - Michael P. Foley, First Things/On the Square

10,000 March for True Marriage in New York - Jeremy Kryn, LifeSiteNews.com

. . . Car. Moynihan:  Plural...READ MORE

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World Trade Center Cross Continues to Be 'Sign of Consolation and Comfort' — and Hope (4577)

Franciscan priest recalled 9/11 symbol's significance when he blessed it again at a July 23 ceremony before its relocation to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

07/29/2011 Comments (1)
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NEW YORK (EWTN News/CNA) — The World Trade Center cross is still a “sign of comfort” to many people, says the Franciscan priest who describes himself as its “unofficial guardian.”

On Sept. 13, 2001, construction worker Frank Silecchia found a 20-foot, cross-shaped T-beam from World Trade Center 1 standing almost upright in the wreckage of World Trade Center 6.

Father Brian Jordan blessed the cross later that year on Oct. 4 and promised that it would be preserved.

Now, almost 10 years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the priest again blessed the cross in a July 23 ceremony before its relocation to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

“It’s a sign of consolation and comfort...READ MORE

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China Forces Bishops Into Illicit Consecrations (3458)

Papally named bishops dragged to state-sponsored ordinations. One new bishop is official of Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

07/29/2011 Comments (1)
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HONG KONG — Relations between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China have deteriorated rapidly and seriously in recent weeks. The state-run agency for Catholics dragooned several papally named bishops to participate in the ordinations of two priests who were appointed bishops without Rome’s approval.

After the Holy See responded by pronouncing the two ordinands excommunicated, the State Administration of Religious Affairs replied on July 25, calling Rome’s action “extremely unreasonable and rude.”

Explanations for China’s new heavy hand range from Beijing’s growing confidence in world affairs to its apprehension about the ripple effects of the so-called Arab Spring, the...READ MORE

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