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Making an icon is a faith journey, says Augustinian

April 19th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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ROME — The Philadelphia-born artist priest slowly inhaled, opened his mouth wide over an unfinished icon and released a long, belly-deep breath.

Augustinian Father Richard Cannuli was warming the thick layers of a mixture of red clay, glue made from animal hide and a drizzle of honey that had been painted in the shape of a halo on a wooden panel. He then gently affixed a strip of 23-carat gold leaf to the dried clay.

“I breathe three times so that I want to get my breath moist” and warm so the clay gets tacky enough for the thin gold leaf to stick to it, he said. Read more »

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Book review: New technologies globalize superficiality, writer says

April 19th, 2012 Posted in Books, Uncategorized

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“Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis” by Ilia Delio, OSF. St. Anthony Messenger Press (Cincinnati, 2011). 142 pp., $14.99.

In “Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis,” Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio shows that in spite of the valuable contributions of technology, we may be in danger of a “globalized superficiality.” Being inundated with information of every kind precludes our living at a deeper level from which compassion flows. Read more »

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Why a battle 1,700 years ago is relevant to religious liberty today

April 19th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY — For Vatican historians, the roots of a Christian idea of religious liberty go way back: in fact, back 1,700 years to the Emperor Constantine’s victory on Rome’s Milvian Bridge and to his conversion.

At a Vatican conference in late April marking the anniversary, the head of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences said Constantine’s victory in 312 under the sign of the cross was “the foundation of a new world” marked by religious freedom for Christians and separation between church and state. Read more »

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Letters to Congress: U.S. bishops oppose proposed cuts in services to poor

April 19th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed its concerns over proposed cuts in federal programs serving the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people in a series of letters to congressional leaders since April 4 as debate over the fiscal year 2013 budget begins.

The letters from Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, urge Congress to draw a “circle of protection” around programs that serve “the least among us.” Read more »

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Best-selling novelist Sparks practices Catholic values on and off the page

April 12th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Nicholas Sparks, the popular Catholic romance novelist, puts his faith into practice in several different ways.

One way is through philanthropy. Sparks has not only volunteered as a track coach for New Bern High School near his home on the North Carolina coast, as a college freshman he was part of the University of Notre Dame’s 800-meter relay team that set a school record, but he also paid for a new track at the high school, and provided for tutoring for disadvantaged students.

Sparks and his wife, Catherine, also co-founded a multidenominational Christian school in New Bern called the Epiphany School. Nicholas Sparks is chairman of the board of trustees for the school, which educates students from fifth through 12th grades.

Sparks spoke in an April 4 interview with Catholic News Service to promote “The Lucky One,” a new movie based on one of his novels that opens April 20. The story tells of a Marine veteran who sets out to find a woman pictured in a photograph he found in the rubble while serving in Iraq, believing her image and her “Keep safe” message on the back side of the photo helped him cheat death several times. Read more »

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Benedictine nun, a former Hollywood starlet, returns to film: Delores Hart found God was bigger than Elvis

April 12th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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BETHLEHEM, Conn. — On Hollywood’s red carpet Feb. 26, the night of the 84th Academy Awards presentations, actress Michelle Williams was wearing Louis Vuitton. Cameron Diaz was wearing Victoria Beckham.

Black-habited Mother Dolores Hart, prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, told reporters she was wearing the seventh-century Benedictine St. Telchilde.

“They didn’t know what I was talking about,” Mother Dolores said in an interview at the rural Connecticut abbey 12 days and 3,000 miles later with The Catholic Transcript, newspaper of the Hartford Archdiocese.

“I think maybe that’s why they didn’t take many pictures of me on the carpet, because they didn’t know what to do with me,” she added with a laugh.

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Sunday Scripture: One Spirit in Christ

April 12th, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized

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Readings for Sunday, April 15, Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

 

Receive the Holy Spirit…”

Jesus uses these words in the Gospel, in part, to prepare the disciples for the fact that they are now being sent out. Jesus sends them to preach and to heal and to be peace in the world in the same way that Jesus had been sent to do and to be those things. Through our own share in the one Spirit of Christ – we are no less sent.

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The unsinkable Father Browne: Jesuit seminarian took photos aboard Titanic but was ordered off the ship

April 12th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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DUBLIN — Commemorations of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago will put the spotlight on a young Irish priest whose photographs are some of the only surviving images of life onboard the liner on its first and last voyage.

Jesuit Father Frank Browne, 1880-1960, became a prominent documentary photographer and a much-decorated chaplain in the British army in World War I.

A collection of his photographs, “Father Browne’s Titanic Album” has been reprinted to mark the centenary of the demise of the massive liner, which was constructed in Belfast, Ireland, and was believed to be unsinkable.

More than 1,500 people died when it sank April 15, 1912. Read more »

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April list of film and home video ratings

April 5th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Here is a list of recent films that Catholic News Service has rated on the basis of moral suitability.

The first symbol after each title is the Catholic News Service classification. The second symbol is the rating of the Motion Picture Association of America.

CNS classifications: A-I — general patronage; A-II — adults and adolescents; A-III — adults; L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; O — morally offensive.

MPAA ratings: G — general audiences. All ages admitted; PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children; PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13; R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian; NC-17 — no one 17 and under admitted.

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Seeing our own miracles during Easter season

April 5th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Thomas Jefferson, the second U.S. president and possibly the most intelligent person ever to hold that office, didn’t much care for the miracles of Jesus.

Jefferson even created his own Bible, snipping out the miracle stories while highlighting Jesus’ lessons about life and justice. Of course, Jefferson, a deist, wasn’t a Christian. At least not as Christianity is defined, believing in the Easter resurrection.

For the rest of us, however, the miracles sprinkled through the Gospels are a compelling part of humanity’s interaction with God. And those miracles are what helped illuminate and power the fledgling apostolic church as it grew. Read more »

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