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Catholics in U.S. history: Example of priests, nuns during 1832 epidemic led Phila. doctor to Catholicism

May 3rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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William Edmonds Horner, who as a medical student and doctor treated soldiers wounded in the War of 1812, was so impressed with the work of Catholic priests and nuns during the cholera epidemic that he became a Catholic himself.

This year’s bicentennial of the War of 1812 provides a time to remember Horner, who served as dean of the Medical School of Pennsylvania for 30 years, wrote the first pathology textbook printed in America and discovered a muscle in the eye that is named for him. Read more »

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U.S. priests hear at convention what they live in parishes

May 3rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Priests from across the country met in Nashville April 23-26 to learn about and discuss “The Emerging Church of the 21st Century,” the theme for the 44th annual convention of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils.

Speakers addressed a range of topics including immigration and multiculturalism in the church today; how American Catholics engage religion in modern-day secular society; and the changing nature of priestly ministry. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture: ‘God is greater than our hearts and knows everything’

May 3rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Readings for May 7, Fifth Sunday of Easter

 Acts 9:26-31; 1 John 9:26-31; John 15:1-8

 

Sometimes I wish that I had started my life in a Jewish environment, because the expressions used in the New Testament must be so meaningful to people who were brought up with more experience of the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures and had so much greater depth of understanding of the expressions which Jesus and the writers of the Gospels used.

Also, as a city-bred person, I had very little understanding of vines. Much less did Jesus’ use of “vine” remind me of the use of vine by Jeremiah or Ezekiel or Isaiah. Read more »

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Movie review: Captain America declares his Christianity in ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’

May 3rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Seemingly destined to haul in wads of cash at the box office, the ensemble adventure “Marvel’s The Avengers” will not disappoint fans of the comic books on which it’s based. But it may prove problematic for the parents of some excited youngsters anxious to ride the juggernaut.

The film has a long pedigree that can be traced back to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original comics series from 1963 (Lee serves the screen version as an executive producer).

More recently, it has been foreshadowed with subtle references and clues scattered among the four previously separate superhero franchises that are united here. 2011’s “Captain America; The First Avenger,” for instance, hinted at a future Avengers movie not only in its title but in a post-credits add-on scene as well. Read more »

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Video game review: Lumines Electronic Symphony is an enjoyable puzzle in the tradition of Tetris

April 26th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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In 1989, a version of Soviet computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov’s classic puzzle “Tetris” was released for the Nintendo Game Boy. It became an unprecedented hit that defined a generation of video games and changed the industry forever.
Although the simple game, based on forming even lines from oddly shaped building blocks, was released on other systems both before and after, it was the uniquely portable version on Nintendo’s then-new handheld device that cemented its place in gaming lore, and in the hearts of millions of casual gamers.
Since then, there has been an endless line of similar brain teasers, each hoping to be the new “Tetris.” Yet few have come close to capturing the accolade of worthy successor to Pajitnov’s gem. Read more »

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Chairmen of the Lord: Vatican ushers bring tots, disabled closer to pope

April 26th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY — The cameras are trained on the cute baby being foisted up to the pope for a kiss and papal blessing, not on the dapper gentleman trying to handle the precious, often squirming, load with care.
Vatican ushers attend every weekly general audience, helping visitors with special needs and picking out the cutest babies in the crowd for the photo op of a lifetime. And they welcome dignitaries and heads of state visiting the pope with all the pomp and circumstance suited for their stature as “gentlemen in waiting.” Read more »

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Unregulated financial markets harm people, Vatican official says

April 26th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY — The global financial crisis and the worldwide recession it triggered have demonstrated that allowing financial markets to self-regulate does not serve national interests and the good of the international community, a Vatican official said.
“The international community cannot let the financial system continue being a source of global economic instability; it must urgently take measures to prevent the outbreak of other financial crises in the future,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to U.N. agencies based in Geneva.
The archbishop made his comments April 22 during a top-level meeting of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, which was being held in Doha, Qatar. His office distributed the text of his speech April 25. Read more »

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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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