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January 1, 1970 Archives

I liked this, from Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Pontifical Household, on this Sunday’s Gospel passage: The Gospel is Mark 5:21-43, a rapid-fire succession of encounters and miracles. Fr. Cantalamessa addresses the historicity of the account (he’s for […]

In a WaPo article on weddings and such: Decades of statistics point to a societal retreat from the church wedding. Catholic marriage ceremonies have been in decline for 35 years — from 426,000 marriages nationwide in 1970 to 212,456 in […]

Mother Theodore Guerin’s canonization set for October 15 Mother Theodore came to the United States from France in 1840 to establish a Congregation of women religious in a dense forest adjacent to a remote community known a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods near […]

I always said that if I ever moved back to Florida, it would only be if I could leave near the beach. And this is why: on the coasts you have the breezes, especially lovely at night, letting you forget […]

Pope approves gathering: Benedict XVI has approved an international Inter-Religious Encounter of Prayer for Peace organized by the Sant’Egidio Community (founded by Andrea Riccardi, a frequent contributor to the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano.) This will take place September 4-5 in […]

Pius XI files to be opened. The Vatican said Friday that it was releasing from its secret archives all the files on the pontificate of Pope Pius XI, which spanned most of the period between World War I and World […]

Yesterday was the feast of the First Martyrs of Rome. Mike Aquilina, from the Touchstone archives, with a piece on the importance of Eucharist to those early Christians. This is a precious snapshot, because we do not know as much […]

…but just for a bit. Michael returned to us yesterday, picked us up and drove us further south. (Last Saturday, he’d driven us to Knoxville, and then turned around and returned to Fort Wayne. He has a couple of books […]