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S+L BLOG: New Year

  The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Israelites thus: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts of horns. On the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement, on which expiation is made ...read more
“I think we should turn back, it sounds like an altercation ahead.” “No no, that’s just the way they talk.” The night blanketed the streets of Old Jerusalem as we continued around the corner. “Move! Move! Move!” exclaimed two armed soldiers as they bolted through the group. I guess we were recognizably tourists for them ...read more
Pope Francis on Monday appealed to all religious authorities to join in “reaffirming unequivocally that one can never kill in God’s name,” saying the world is “dealing with a homicidal madness which misuses God’s name in order to disseminate death, in a play for domination and power.” The full speech by Pope Francis to the ...read more
At 10 am this morning in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis presided at the celebration of the Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in the Octave of Christmas and in commemoration of the 50th World Day of Peace on the theme: “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.” Below you will find ...read more
At 5:00 pm today, December 31 in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis presides over the first Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, followed Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the the singing of the traditional hymn Te Deum of thanksgiving at the end of calendar year and Eucharistic Benediction. Here is the Holy ...read more
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Year A – Sunday, January 1st, 2017 The Jewish New Year The Jewish Feast of Rosh Hashanah, meaning literally the “beginning of the year,” occurs on the first of the Hebrew month Tishre and inaugurates the solemn Jewish season which concludes with Yom Kippur. In the Bible, ...read more