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The Crucifixion Bird, Judas, Viri Selecti, Last Supper, Distributism, Modern Economy, and much more! (3274)

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04/20/2011 Comment

The Crucifixion Bird, commonly called the Goldfinch. The story goes that the goldfinch alighted on the Cross and tried to remove thorns from the head of Christ with its beak (hence the bird has a face stained with the blood of Christ).

Because the Beggar Just Might Be an Angel - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

The Crucifixion Bird - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Glass is Half Full - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Judas’ Greatest Sin - Charlie Douglas, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Distributism and the Modern Economy - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

Viri Selecti - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Mass of the Last Supper is the Most Beautiful in Holy Week - Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Missionary of the Passion: Father James Kent Stone, C.P. (1840-1921 A.D.) - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Cause Moves Ahead - Susan Brinkmann O.C.D.S., Women of Grace...READ MORE

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Taking the Measure of Relics of the True Cross (9727)

04/20/2011 Comments (8)

– CNS photo

Whenever the subject of bogus relics comes up, you can count on someone saying, “There are enough pieces of the True Cross to rebuild Noah’s Ark!” Whoever delivers that punch line probably does not know that he or she is echoing the 16th-century Dutch humanist Erasmus, who, in a satire on pilgrimages, wrote, “So they say of the cross of Our Lord, which is shown publicly and privately in so many places, that, if all the fragments were collected together, they would appear to form a fair cargo for a merchant ship.”

Clearly, this is a punch line with a pedigree, but is it accurate? That would appear to be a difficult, if not impossible, question to answer. But in the last half of the 19th...READ MORE

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Hope for Ukraine (4039)

40-year-old bishop chosen to head the largest Eastern-rite Church. Will it help mend fences with the Russian Orthodox?

04/20/2011 Comments (8)
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, the new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, is seen during an interview with Catholic News Service in Rome March 30.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring

Catholics in Ukraine — and Ukrainian Catholics throughout the world — have a new bishop. On March 23, the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church elected Sviatoslav Shevchuk, 40, as major archbishop of Kiev. He succeeds Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop since 1994. Cardinal Husar, 78, retired because of his health.

Archbishop Shevchuk’s election was confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI on March 25. When he was installed March 27 at the Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection of Christ in Kiev, the new major archbishop commented: “The death of hundreds of thousands of our laity, priests, monks and nuns — led by our bishops — was a death on the cross and, therefore, a giver of...READ MORE

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Origin of Bishop's Mitre, RIP Dr. Who Actress, No Mass on Good Friday and in Heaven, and more! (3416)

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04/19/2011 Comment

The Tiara, sometimes referred to as the papal crown, is shown here being worn by Blessed John XXIII (Pope John XXIII).

Where Did the Bishop’s Mitre Come From? - Anthony S. Layne, The Impractical Catholic

Holy Week and Padre Pio: An Interview from 1945 A.D. - Theresa Rita, Zeal for Your House Consumes Me: Following Christ in the 21st Century

There is No Mass on Good Friday and There is No Mass in heaven - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Because Christ Sacrificed Himself So That We May Live - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

New Translation:  The Roman Canon Part VI (The Words of Institution, Secunda Pars) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

R.I.P.: Doctor Who Actress Elizabeth Sladen, a.k.a., Sarah Jane Smith - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Don’t Water It Down - Paul Zummo, The American...READ MORE

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Purgatory Made Simple, A Look Inside Benedict XVI's Daily Life, Mediæval Education, + more! (4325)

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04/19/2011 Comment
Deo Gratias!

Six Years Ago Today, Habemus Papam!

– Deo Gratias!

Purgatory Made Simple - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Examining George Stack, the Next Archbishop of Cardiff - A Reluctant Sinner

Mediæval Authors can Offer a Model of How True Education Works: Virtue Seeking Truth Through Friendship - Matthew J. Milliner, MercatorNet

Help The Crescat Go to Rome! - The Crescat

Six Years Ago Today . . . - Robert Kumpel, The Last Papist Standing

At Home with the Pope: Inside Benedict’s Daily Life and Menu - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa

When a Curse Becomes a Blessing, Only God Can Do That - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Archbishop Martin Says Irish-American Sentimentalism Is Incomprehensible: But It’s...READ MORE

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Blogging Bishop Michael Campbell, Doug Kmiec Resigns, Religion, Reason, Same-Sex Marriage, and more! (2670)

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04/19/2011 Comment

'Blogging' Bishop Michael Campbell, O.S.A., of the Diocese of Lancaster (England).

New From Ignatius Press: Anglicans and The Roman Catholic Church - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The ‘Blogging’ Bishop Michael Campbell Welcomes the Vatican’s BlogMeet - A Reluctant Sinner

Doug Kmiec Resigns as Ambassador to Malta - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Religion, Reason, and Same-Sex Marriage - Matthew J. Franck, First Things

Angel, Abortion, Sexual Freedom and Subterfuge - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Get Ready to Pay Twice if You Want Change - Doctor Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Tabernacle Destroyed in Spanish Parish - Catholic News Agency

Catholic Obama Apologist Kmiec Resigns as Malta Ambassador - Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com


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Why Jordan and Syria Are Different (3543)

Christians living under somewhat benevolent regimes take a careful approach.

04/19/2011 Comments (2)
2010 CNS photo/Paul Haring

DAY BY DAY. A man helps an altar server light a candle during Mass at the Melkite Catholic Church in the Bedouin village of Smakieh, Jordan, Sept. 19. Christians in Jordan and Syria, the latest Middle East countries to experience violent unrest, fear that any major power shift could lead to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and threats to their communities.

– 2010 CNS photo/Paul Haring

AMMAN, Jordan — Christians in Jordan and Syria, the latest Middle East countries to experience violent unrest, are in a quandary.

While they, like their fellow citizens, yearn for greater freedom and democracy, they fear — perhaps more than others — that any major power shift could lead to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and threats to their communities.

Compared to most other Arab countries in the Middle East, Jordan and Syria are relatively secular, and Christians generally feel safe there, as long as they toe the government line.

In a booklet on Middle East Christians, Habib Malik, a professor at Lebanese American University, says they have “lost all sense of what it meant to...READ MORE

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Richard Rich Quits Malta, Horse Drawn Popemobile, Fairy Tales and Holy Week, Church Forests, + more! (3536)

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04/18/2011 Comment
For Malta

Actor John Hurt playing Richard Rich in the great Catholic film, A Man For All Seasons.

– For Malta

Passion of Christ and Mary’s Role - Sister Lisa M. Doty F.d.C.C., Nunspeak

Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests” - T. Delene Beeland, The Orthodox Church

How to Hear Women’s Confessions, From an 1897 Manual - Pat McNamara

Petrine Primacy in the New Testament (Part I) - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

“The Entire Mystery of Christ” - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Religion: Encouragement Is Not Establishment - R.R. Reno, First Things/On The Square

Attacking the Last Acceptable Prejudice - Michael Coren, MercatorNet

Fairy Tales and Holy Week - Daniel McInerny, High Concepts

Richard Rich Quits as Ambassador to Malta - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Spiritual Direction is Not...READ MORE

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