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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 9, 2008 (Zenit.org).- For decades, the figure of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, has been at the center of some volatile polemics. The controversy has raged since the end of the Holocaust over whether the Pope did and said enough in defense of the Jews and other victims of the Nazis. The ...read more
Or is the word-play, “incredulous religion”?   Some of you may have heard of the new documentary – although it’s not what I would call a documentary; there is no objective presentation of more than one side in it – titled RELIGULOUS. It is produced and hosted by American Comedian (and anti-religionist) Bill Maher.   ...read more
My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease just a few months ago. When the family found out, there were some tears from the older kids, and not really much of an expression from the younger kids.  What do the younger ones have to understand about Parkinson’s?  My dad was just in the beginning stages, and ...read more
And Then More, and More Words  VATICAN CITY, OCT. 8, 2008 (Zenit.org).- If any biblical phrase could sum up the proceedings of these first days of the world Synod of Bishops on the “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” it is the opening of the prologue of John’s Gospel. The ...read more
In our faithfulness and trust and belief, we acknowledge that the Catholic Mass contains mysteries – the Holy Trinity and transubstantiation among them – which we embrace and celebrate. But what shouldn’t be mysterious is the Mass itself.  This hour-long celebration with our fellow Catholics shouldn’t be a confusing choreography of sitting, standing, and kneeling with prayers recited by rote interspersed between ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- I was always fascinated listening to the stories of how much of the Second Vatican Council took place in smaller, informal venues, rather than at the general sessions in St. Peter’s. Cardinal George Flahiff (1905-1989), former superior general of my community, the Congregation of St. Basil, and archbishop of ...read more
My younger sister just had a baby girl (Emma, the first grandchild for my parents) this past Sunday.  I learned earlier from my mom that she has been praying the Rosary Novena for Emma’s safe delivery.  The Rosary What???   I asked my mom.  I’ve heard of Novenas to St. Therese, to St. Joseph, to St. Anne, ...read more
“Do you want to say a little decade?” is a predictable question coming from my husband when we get into the car to drive anywhere that takes longer than five minutes. Also predictable is my teasing him on the adjective “little” (as opposed to a “big, huge” decade), after which, yes, we pray our decade ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Having learned last June of my Vatican appointment to the 2008 world Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” my mind often wandered over the past summer to the adventure of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of ...read more
Our congratulations to Salt + Light producer Matthew Harrison and his beautiful wife Aldora, who were married on Saturday. We thank you both for the faith and joy you bring to your colleagues and our viewers, and we wish you a peace-filled marriage with many happy adventures. (Stealing great words from the homily…) Be blessed ...read more