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  • Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought

    04/15/2014 3:49:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2014 | John Hooper
    Next week, the city will celebrate its official, 2,767th birthday. According to a tradition going back to classic times, the brothers Romulus and Remus founded the city on 21 April in the year 753BC. But on Sunday it was reported that evidence of infrastructure building had been found, dating from more than 100 years earlier. The daily Il Messagero quoted Patrizia Fortini, the archaeologist responsible for the Forum, as saying that a wall constructed well before the city's traditional founding date had been unearthed. The wall, made from blocks of volcanic tuff, appeared to have been built to channel water...
  • Timely Film Rome, Open City is Re-released

    04/02/2014 6:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 2, 2014 | K. V. Turley
    London just witnessed the release of a newly restored version of Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta).Roberto Rossellini’s Italian Neo-Realist classic emerged from the smashed debris of what was left of the Eternal City as the German armies retreated and the Allies slowly crept towards it.Watching the movie today it lacks none of its emotional punch, not least because of the almost documentary feel of what is being viewed. The pacing and use of hand-held cameras, to say nothing of the city itself as character, all make for something that in many ways hardly seems dated. That said, filmed at...
  • North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65

    03/16/2014 3:58:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    LAT ^ | March 14, 2014 | James Romm
    North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65 In Kim Jong Un's accession to power and brutal purge of his uncle, parallels are evident between the two societies. By James Romm March 14, 2014 This week, as the Ides of March approaches the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship the minds of some ancient historians may turn in a seemingly unlikely direction: toward modern North Korea. The dark and menacing regime of Kim Jong Un seems a long way...
  • Pope Francis Takes The Bus To Spiritual Retreat

    03/11/2014 3:48:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Time ^ | March 10, 2014 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    Pontiff dumps the Popemobile in favor of a more humble mode of transport Pope Francis left the Popemobile at home on Sunday to travel by bus to a week-long spiritual retreat with cardinals and bishops.The Pope is about to celebrate his one year anniversary, and will ring in the occasion on a Lenten retreat with the Roman Curia–the administrative branch of the Catholic Church. This year’s retreat is being held in the town of Ariccia, which is located in the hills of southern Rome. This is the first time in decades that the Pope’s Lenten retreat is held outside...
  • Ancient Lenten pilgrimage comes to life through new book

    03/04/2014 11:51:33 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | March 4, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Roman Pilgrimage by George Weigel. Credit: Kerri Lenartowick/CNA. Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Author and scholar George Weigel says his newly-released book offers readers the opportunity experience a centuries-old Lenten practice from Rome in their households across the globe.   Weigel called his recent work “Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches,” an “invitation to people all over the world to spend Lent in Rome, at home.” “This book is a way to make the ancient station church pilgrimage in Rome, really without coming to Rome,” he told CNA on Mar. 3. The station church pilgrimage is...
  • Ancient Gladiator School Discovered in Austria

    03/03/2014 2:01:54 PM PST · by mojito · 16 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 2/27/2014 | Megan Gannon
    An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say. The buried remains of the school at the site of Carnuntum, near Vienna were detected not through excavations but through remote-sensing techniques. Based on these findings, researchers reconstructed the gladiator center in virtual 3D models. Archaeologists have been studying Carnuntum, which is on the south bank of the River Danube, for more than 100 years. Previous excavations at the ancient military city had revealed parts of the civilian town, the legionary fortress and an amphitheater....
  • Rome on the Brink as Detroit-Style Bankruptcy Meltdown Looms

    02/27/2014 10:58:06 AM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Ian Silvera
    Italy's historic capital is on the brink of bankruptcy as its mayor plans to plead for a bailout from the national government. Mayor Ignazio Marino told the Wall Street Journal that he is in daily discussions with Italy's national government. But he stressed the parties "just needed to identify the right amount of money the government should give to Rome".
  • Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 Squawks HiJacking

    02/16/2014 8:33:36 PM PST · by CondorFlight · 158 replies
    Airline Reporter ^ | 2/16/14 | Airline Reporter Staff
    At 5:00pm Pacific Time, Ethiopian Flight 702, a Boeing 767-300 was flying over Sudan when it started squawking 7500. The transponder code, is supposed to indicate a hijacking. (snip) The flight, operating from Addis Abba to Rome has been confirmed by Rome Airport not to have arrived yet. As of now, it is over France, but has recently taken a steep northeast heading. Based on flight tracking, it appears the plane is headed to Geneva. Emergency crews are standing by.
  • Black Death may have scuppered Roman Empire

    01/28/2014 3:29:18 PM PST · by Renfield · 31 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 1-28-2014 | Debora MacKenzie
    hat caused the fall of the Roman Empire? A devastating plague that struck during the reign of Emperor Justinian in 541 AD, killing a quarter of the population, seems to have landed the final blow, but the identity of the infection was a mystery. Now sequencing of DNA taken from two skeletons buried in Bavaria, Germany, in the 6th century has uncovered the complete genome of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria also blamed for the Black Death that struck Europe in 1348. The find suggests that Y. pestis may have emerged to ravage humanity several times. Hendrik Poinar at McMaster University...
  • Popemobile trip surprises March for Life participants

    05/13/2013 9:59:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 5/13/2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pro-lifers who had just finished the third annual Italian March for Life on Sunday were surprised to see Pope Francis coming toward them in the popemobile. It was a great joy for us because we didnt expect this at all, we just expected his message, said March for Life organizer Virginia Coda Nunziante. It was extraordinary because I met the people who unexpectedly saw him coming, she told CNA on May 13. The popemobile brought the Pope down the first block of Via della Conciliazione after he finished his first canonization Mass and the weekly Regina Caeli prayer on Sunday....
  • Pope Francis Surprises Pro-Life Advocates by Joining March for Life in Rome

    05/13/2013 2:06:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 13, 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    To the delight and surprise of about 40,000 participants in Romes Marcia per la Vita (March for Life) Internazionale in Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis left the Apostolic Palace to join them in the popemobile as they gathered in the street. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, head of the Rome office of Human Life international, said that it was highly unusual for the pope to have effectively joined the March for Life with the other participants. Though, in his short papacy, Pope Francis has developed a reputation for a fair amount of spontaneity, it appears the Vatican...
  • Pig heads in boxes sent to Jewish targets in Rome

    01/25/2014 9:09:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2014 10:47 AM EST
    Italian police say they are searching for the sender of pig heads to Romes main synagogue, the Israeli Embassy and a city museum hosting an exhibit on the Holocaust. [] The deliveries were made Friday, three days before an international memorial day for Holocaust victims.
  • What We Have Learned From The Duck Dynasty Controversy

    01/11/2014 12:45:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 1-8-14 | Pastor Matt Richard
    It seems that the A&E Duck Dynasty controversy has come to a conclusion. In the aftermath of this dispute, after all the words exchanged have been reviewed, what can we learn? I believe that the public responses surrounding this recent chain of events reveal several observable trends and ideologies about us as a society. Thus, the following theses presented below are based upon what I believe is the trending American ideology and ethos towards scripture, ethics, and what it values. Thesis #1: Society is unable to apply the simple rules of grammar to scripture. In the debated GQ Interview, it...
  • The Russian Veto Against Francis and Bartholomew

    01/09/2014 6:05:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 1/8/14 | Sandro Magister
    The embrace between Rome and Constantinople is renewed. But a document from the patriarchate of Moscow freezes the discussion between Catholics and Orthodox on the powers of the pope over the universal ChurchROME, January 8, 2014 Exactly half a century since the embrace in Jerusalem between Paul VI and the patriarch of Constantinople, Athenagoras, Pope Francis has announced that he too will go to the Holy Land, next May 24-26, to repeat that ecumenical gesture with the successor of Athenagoras, Bartholomew. On Saturday, January 4, the eve of the anniversary, L'Osservatore Romano" republished the complete text of the conversation...
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire Evocative of Our Hawaiian, Teeing-Off,TV Watching DIC (Doosh-in-Chief)

    01/01/2014 8:47:31 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
  • The hidden exodus: Catholics becoming Protestants

    12/30/2013 9:35:20 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 319 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Apr. 18, 2011 | Thomas Reese
    ......"The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Centers Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence: One out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic........."Thankfully, although the U.S. bishops have not supported research on people who have left the church, the Pew Center has. Pews data shows that those leaving the church are not homogenous. They can be divided...
  • What the catacombs tell us about early Christians

    12/01/2013 10:17:06 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | December 1, 2013
    December 1, 2013. History, religion and archeology are all nestled in the Roman catacombs of Priscilla. One of the most recent discoveries is a fresco depicting Lazarus rising from the dead. The fresco is centuries old, but now thanks to new technology it has been restored with the use of lasers.    BARBARA MAZZEI Restorative Museum, The Catacombs of Priscilla  “In one of the areas we restored we found a representation of Lazarus rising from the dead. In addition to that, it's also interesting to see that they drew images of Peter and Paul accompanying the dead. Two martyrs of...
  • Veterans Affairs forced chaplains from program for quoting Scripture....

    11/12/2013 12:46:52 PM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program after they refused orders to stop quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus. When the men objected to those demands, they were subjected to ridicule and harassment that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. The Conservative Baptist Association of America is suing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki; the groups suit alleges two of its chaplains were openly ridiculed by the leader of the San...
  • Vatican plans first-ever display of relics of St. Peter

    11/08/2013 11:35:47 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 8, 2013 | Diogenes
    The Vatican is planning an unprecedented public display of the relics of St. Peter, as the Year of Faith comes to a close. The display was announced by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, in an article appearing in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. The archbishop did not supply any details of the plans. The tomb of St. Peter, located under the altar of the Vatican basilica, was unearthed during excavations in the mid-20the century. In 1968, after extensive research and testing, Pope Paul VI announced that relics of St. Peter had been...
  • Vatican is an enormous soft power, says MP after visit

    10/28/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | Friday, 25 October 2013 | Laura Gotti Tedeschi
    British parliamentarians have concluded their three-day visit to the Holy See. Eleven members of the All Party Parliament Group, accompanied by the chaplain to Parliament Canon Pat Browne, met with the Pope on Wednesday, after the General Audience. MP Edward Leigh declared after the three day visit that The Holy See is an enormous soft power, it represent a religion of 1.2 billion people and so the British government and the British parliament is very interested in what the Vatican says. The Group, made up of representatives of both House of Parliament and all the major political parties, has encountered...
  • Pope Francis Selling His Harley To Raise Money For Homeless

    10/18/2013 2:58:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 48 replies
    CBSLocal ^ | October 18, 2013 | CBSLocal
    The pope is selling his hog. The National Catholic Register reports that Pope Francis is selling his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to raise money to help the homeless in Rome. It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome, Monsignor Enrico Feroci, director of Caritas Rome, said. We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this. According to The Associated Press, Harley gave Francis two classic white Harleys for the Vatican police force in June when the manufacturer and tens of thousands of Harley...
  • The Inventions of Rome

    10/08/2013 7:21:16 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 164 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | W. Robert Godfrey
    For vast numbers of people, Roman Catholicism is the religion of choice. Rome can be attractive for a wide variety of reasons. The most significant is familial, people born into and persevering in the Roman Church. But other attractions of various sorts can be readily found: theological, philosophical, liturgical, moral, psychological, and historical.Defenders of Protestantism over the centuries have entered the lists, confronting at great length all of Rome's attractions. Understandably, the discussions have often focused particularly on biblical and theological arguments. But historical arguments are of great importance as well. Rome often claims that it represents two thousand years...
  • Gay Kiss Photo Show Blocked by Vatican Threat ("Other countries aren't as backward" as Italy)

    09/28/2013 3:35:10 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    The Local (IT) ^ | 26 Sep 2013 | Staff
    A photo from the gay wedding series. Photo: Gonzalo Orqun A gallery in Rome has removed photographs of same sex couples kissing in churches after the Catholic Church threatened legal action. The series of photos, by Gonzalo Orqun, was due to be displayed at the exhibition opening at the Galleria LOpera on Wednesday evening. A letter arrived from the Vicariate of Rome, an organization that is part of the Vatican, which said the church is against the exhibition. I spoke to lawyers and for security reasons we decided not to show the photos, Orqun told The Local. The Vicariate,...
  • The Siege of Byzantium

    08/21/2013 7:08:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Natioanl Review Online ^ | 8/15/13 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In 71718, Western civilization was hanging by a thread.Today, August 15, marks the anniversary of Constantinoples victory over Muslim invaders in what historians commonly call the Second Siege of Byzantium, 71718. Prior to this massive onslaught, the Muslims had been hacking away at the domains of the Byzantine empire for nearly a century. The Muslims ultimate goal was the conquest of Constantinople for both political and religious reasons. Politically, Islam had no rival but the hated Christians of Byzantium, known by various appellations including al-Rum (the Romans), al-Nassara (the Nazarenes), and, most notoriously, al-Kilab (the dogs). The eastern...
  • Hundreds expected to protest anti-free speech homophobia law in Rome, Paris

    08/05/2013 3:17:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 5, 2013 | HILARY WHITE
    ROME, August 5, 2013 ( - Up to 500 people are expected to hold a demonstration later tonight outside the Italian parliament to protest a bill that would criminalize homophobia and "transphobia," something constitutional experts believe would shut down citizens' right to free speech, especially for Christians. The event is organized by the recently formed Italian branch of Manif pour Tous. It will be matched by a demonstration in Paris by the French branch of the group, outside the Italian embassy. The group contends that the bill would stifle any principled opposition to the homosexual political agenda, including plans that they...
  • Are We Rome Yet?

    07/31/2013 4:32:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | July 31, 2013 | John Stossel
    Unfortunately, the fall of Rome is a pattern repeated by empires throughout history ... including ours? A group of libertarians gathered in Las Vegas recently for an event called "FreedomFest." We debated whether America will soon fall, as Rome did. Historian Carl Richard said that today's America resembles Rome. The Roman Republic had a constitution, but Roman leaders often ignored it. "Marius was elected consul six years in a row, even though under the constitution (he) was term-limited to one year." Sounds like New York City's Mayor Bloomberg. "We have presidents of both parties legislating by executive order, saying I'm...
  • Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [ch. XXVI: 376 AD: Romans grant asylum to destroyers of Rome]

    07/21/2013 4:20:50 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 19 replies
    --snip-- But the attention of the emperor [Valens] was most seriously engaged, by the important intelligence which he received from the civil and military officers who were intrusted with the defence of the Danube. He was informed, that the North was agitated by a furious tempest; that the irruption of the Huns, an unknown and monstrous race of savages, had subverted the power of the Goths; and that the suppliant multitudes of that warlike nation, whose pride was now humbled in the dust, covered a space of many miles along the banks of the river. With outstretched arms, and pathetic...
  • Breaking News: Rome's Gay Clergy [Catholic Caucus}

    06/27/2013 10:11:30 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 17 replies
    ChurchMilitant.TV ^ | 06/27/13 | Michael Voris
    Published on Jun 27, 2013Disturbing news from the Vatican - stay tuned for more details.
  • Vatican Rentboy and Satanism Claims Revealed by Paedophile Priest Don Patrizio Poggi

    06/27/2013 11:24:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 27, 2013 | Umberto Bacchi
    Italian investigators have opened an inquiry into claims by a convicted paedophile priest that an underage prostitution ring has been operating inside the Holy Roman Church with clergymen hiring rentboys for sex inside churches. Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, told Italian authorities that a former Carabinieri pimped boys for nine clergymen. Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing teenage boys while he was a parish priest at the San Filippo Neri church in Rome, said he made the allegations to "protect the Holy Church and the Christian community." The boys were chosen because they were starving and desperate, he claimed,...
  • ***Caligula Defiled Rome....A Learning Opportunity***

    06/29/2013 12:33:38 PM PDT · by The Wizard · 16 replies
    Stardate: 1306.29
    There I was, minding my own business and watching The History Channel about the atrocities perpatrated on Rome by the Boy King Caligula...... It was stunning to learn of the things he did in those 1400 days of terror..... and they kept comparing his dirty deeds asking: "....imagine if an American president did this...." He never cared what anyone thought....his favorite saying: "...let them hate me, as long as they're scared of me" He made a point of buying the people's love by giving them parties and gifts.....but if you questioned him, you died....and then he took your money... Like...
  • Shining new light on the history of Rome

    06/29/2013 6:52:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | June 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) A team of archaeologists, historians, engineers and experts in Christian antiquities on Thursday inaugurated an important new archaeological site in Rome. The site is located inside the area that belongs to the Basilica of St. Pauls outside the Walls and its adjoining Benedictine Monastery. After a brief welcome speech by Cardinal James Harvey, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul, members of the Vatican Museums-backed team who have been collaborating with members of the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology and of Romes La Sapienza University, illustrated the importance of the new archaeological site. Listen to the report by...
  • The Glue Holding America Together (We are like Rome Circa A.D. 200)

    06/27/2013 8:21:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/27/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    By A.D. 200, the Roman Republic was a distant memory. Few citizens of the global Roman Empire even knew of their illustrious ancestors like Scipio or Cicero. Millions no longer spoke Latin. Italian emperors were a rarity. There were no national elections. Yet Rome endured as a global power for three more centuries. What held it together? A stubborn common popular culture and the prosperity of Mediterranean-wide standardization kept things going. The Egyptian, the Numidian, the Iberian, and the Greek assumed that everything from Roman clay lamps and glass to good roads and plentiful grain was available to millions throughout...
  • Under the Roman Sky (film details heroic efforts of Pius XII to save Jews of Rome from the Nazis)

    06/15/2013 4:03:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 113 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | Donald R. McClarey
    A new film, Under the Roman Sky, starring James Cromwell as Pius XII, details the heroic efforts of Pius XII to save the Jews of Rome from the Nazis, after Rome came under Nazi occupation subsequent to the fall of Mussolini following the Allied invasion of southern Italy in 1943.Rabbi David G. Dalin, in his review of a Moral Reckoning, a tome by Daniel Goldhagen which sought to blame Catholicism for the Holocaust, details the efforts of the Pope to save the Jews of Rome:Goldhagen’s centerpiece is the outrageous allegation that Pius XII “did not lift a finger to forfend...
  • To improve todays concrete, do as the Romans did

    06/05/2013 9:16:34 AM PDT · by Renfield · 45 replies
    Berkeley (Univ) News ^ | 6-4-2013 | Sarah Yang
    In a quest to make concrete more durable and sustainable, an international team of geologists and engineers has found inspiration in the ancient Romans, whose massive concrete structures have withstood the elements for more than 2,000 years.Sample of ancient Roman maritime concrete from Pozzuoli Bay near Naples, Italy. Its diameter is 9 centimeters, and it is composed of mortar formulated from lime, volcanic ash and chunks of volcanic tuff. (Carol Hagen photo) Using the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a research team from the University of California, Berkeley, examined the fine-scale structure of Roman concrete....
  • 'Hairdo archaeologist' solves ancient fashion mystery

    05/27/2013 4:03:43 PM PDT · by thecodont · 19 replies
    BBC via Drudge Report / ^ | 26 May 2013 Last updated at 18:51 ET | Produced by the BBC's Peter Murtaugh
    [Janet] Stephens is a hairstyle archaeologist who specialises in recreating how women in ancient Rome and Greece wore their hair. She spoke to the BBC about a museum visit that marked the start of a long journey of discovery on which she solved a historical mystery and had her work published in an academic journal.
  • The battle for Egypts ancient Roman site, Antinopolis

    05/25/2013 6:00:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Art Newspaper (Web only) ^ | Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | Francesco Tiradritti
    Leading archaeologists have denounced the poor state of conservation of the Roman remains at Antinopolis in Egypt, the city built by the emperor Hadrian, who ruled Rome from 117AD to 138AD... Antinopolis, located near the Nile over 30km south of the nearest large town, Minya, is a perfect target. Until recently, the Roman hippodrome there was still intact, although it has now been swallowed by the ever-expanding cemetery for the neighbouring small town called Sheikh Ibada. Out of the four hippodromes built by the Romans in Egypt, this was the only one that survived. Large areas are being prepared for...
  • Germany's Merkel visits Pope, urges tougher market controls

    05/19/2013 9:24:35 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 18, 2013 11:26am EDT | James Mackenzie
    (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Pope Francis on Saturday and, apparently responding to his criticism of a heartless "dictatorship of the economy", called for stronger regulation of financial markets. On Thursday, Francis appealed in a speech for world financial reform, saying the global economic crisis had made life worse for millions in rich and poor countries. Merkel visited Rome for a few hours specifically to meet the pontiff and spoke with him privately in his library for 45 minutes, unusually long for a private papal audience. She told reporters afterwards that the scandals and excesses criticized by Francis...
  • Of flower petals, firefighters, dedication, and holes in the roof

    05/13/2013 6:37:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 13, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today is the anniversary of the Dedication of the Roman church Santa Maria “ad Martyres“, which took place in 609. This church is also called the Pantheon.Since on upcoming Pentecost, Roman firefighters will be dropping red rose petals through the oculus of the mighty building, I figured we could review what I have posted in the past.In Rome on Pentecost, in the Pantheon, now a minor basilica called S. Maria ad martyres there is a beautiful custom.Rose petals are dropped through the circular oculus opening at the top of the dome, which is the widest is all of Rome, for...
  • Church blows 3 million euro on modern art

    04/14/2013 8:10:59 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 12 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 13/4/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    At the Venice Biennale, which from 1 June takes place for the 55th time, for the first time the Vatican will be represented with its own pavilion. The Italian art and culture critic Francesco Colafemmina criticised in a statement the works selected for the artists shown there and the costs of the purchase of the exhibited works.
  • Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East (Pope to lead Via Crucis)

    03/27/2013 6:24:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | March 26, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Wael Salibi moved to Rome in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Wael Salibi. Rome, Italy, Mar 26, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum will help promote Christian unity and raise awareness of the growing turmoil in the Middle East. “This will raise more awareness because the situation in Syria is dangerous, especially for Christians,” said Wael Salibi, a Christian Syrian who moved to Italy in September to flee the violence. “Christians know they will rise again like...
  • Full text of speech with which Pope Francis won Papacy

    03/26/2013 5:53:10 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 27/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    Hours before his election, Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis made ​​a strong criticism of the Church and urged his colleagues to draw cardinals from reverie and work with the Gospel in the geographical peripheries of the world as well as with those in existential pain, sin and ignorance . Cardinal Jaime Ortega, archbishop of Havana, revealed the contents of a document containing the intervention delivered by his counterpart Jorge Bergoglio, before being elected Pontiff.
  • Did this man kill Cold War spy Georgi Markov with umbrella?

    03/23/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd March 2013 | Tom Kelly
    'It was one of the most audacious acts of the Cold War which could have come straight from the pages of a spy novel. Georgi Markov was jabbed with an umbrella which fired a poison pellet into his leg as he crossed Waterloo Bridge. He died three days later and for almost 35 years mystery has surrounded the whereabouts of his killer. Now the prime suspect has been tracked down to a small Austrian town where he works as an antiques dealer. Francesco Gullino, 66, who was known by his Communist handlers as 'Agent Piccadilly', lives in a rundown...
  • Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis Inaugural Mass

    03/20/2013 6:53:10 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | Mar 19, 2013 | SPL Staff
    Life & Leisure Credit: Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis Inaugural Mass by SPL Staff on Mar 19, 2013 3:10 pm 1 Comment Listers, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph 2013 His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated his inauguration to the Petrine Ministry. In his expected style, Pope Francis charmed the crowd by stopping the popemobile to kiss a baby and bless a handicapped man. His Holiness homily spoke of the poor and weakest amongst us to the delegations from over 130 countries and hundreds of thousands of people. Everyone described their experience of the papal inauguration...
  • 8 Reasons Why Rome Still Calls PCA Pastor/ex Catholic on the ways Rome appeals to those who left

    03/18/2013 5:57:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | March 18, 2013 | Dr. Christopher Faria, D. Min, Ph.D.
    Full Title: 8 Reasons Why Rome Still Calls PCA Pastor and Former Catholic on the ways Rome appeals to those who have left 1. It represents the religion of my youth I grew up Roman Catholic, attended Catholic Grammar School and high school. I was a member of a Catholic youth group the Columbian Squires, and the State Chief Squire of California. My friends, family, and social group were all Catholics. There is a strong sense of common values and community in the local Catholic Church that is often rarely duplicated in the local Protestant church. 2. It pulls on...
  • New Pope snubs Cardinal Law

    03/15/2013 4:35:53 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 21 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    The first days of his papacy to Pope Francis, the archbishop of Buenos Aires elected Pope with the white smoke on Wednesday evening began with a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
  • Links of Pope Francis to military dictatorship

    03/14/2013 8:41:50 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 11 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    Jorge Mario Bergoglio's election as Pope has already triggered fierce debate about his past. Was Francis a helper of the Argentine military regime? No, says a Nobel Peace Prize. And rather that he was affirm the surviving relatives of a torture victim. Speechlessness followed the cheers: With a simple "Buonasera" the new Pope Francis welcomed his flock in Rome - and made a joke about his origin "at the end of the world" . A rhetorical hit that was highly appreciated at the crowd. Even in his native Argentina enthusiasm and a party atmosphere prevailed. However, not among all. "I...
  • Jews worldwide see an ally in Pope Francis

    03/14/2013 6:19:27 PM PDT · by haffast · 17 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 3-13-2013 | Lauren Markoe
    WASHINGTON Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina the deadliest bombing in the countrys history. snip Benedict does not have a bad record with the Jews, Novak said, but he didnt give it as much attention as Pope John Paul II, who called Jews the elder brethren of faith. I would like to see a kind of renewal of Jewish-Catholic relations which I think reached a high point during...
  • Pope pledges good relations with Jews

    03/14/2013 5:29:52 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-14-2013 | Reuters
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis reached out on Thursday to Rome's Jewish community, saying he hoped he would be able to contribute to furthering good relations between Catholics and Jews. The new pope sent a message to Rome's chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, inviting him to his inaugural Mass at the Vatican on March 19. "I sincerely hope to be able to contribute to the progress that relations between Jews and Catholics have enjoyed since the Second Vatican Council," he said, according to a statement on Vatican Radio. Francis said he hoped to be able to contribute to "a...
  • New Pope celebrated Hanukkah as well as Christmas

    03/13/2013 2:39:42 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 26 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 13/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    Video of the then Cardinal Bergoglio celebrating Hanukkah....
  • HABEMUS PAPAM!!! (Live Thread)

    03/13/2013 11:12:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 394 replies
    EWTN News ^ | March 13, 2013
    Having trouble typing .. my hands are shaking. It will take about 45 minutes before we see him. This is so exciting!