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November 2007 Archives

It’s that time of year again, and as you get ready to send out your Christmas cards, CNS has helpfully written a nifty history of the Christmas stamp: The series actually got its start in 1966, four years after the …Read More

One of my favorite places to visit and pray has been the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, Georgia — the Trappist house that was once home to Thomas Merton’s censor, and Flannery O’Connor’s peacocks. Alert readers will note …Read More

Anyone curious about how God wound up on our currency should check out this intriguing nugget in today’s Wall Street Journal, which explains everything. It began with a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase by a Rev. Watkinson: …Read More

I confess a certain affection for Mike Huckabee — from his name to his unassuming Gomer Pyle-ish demeanor to his clear-headed values and Mark Twain-ish wit. So I was especially intrigued by this item in the Washington Post’s On Faith …Read More

As I start to dig through the pope’s encyclical, I’ve been wondering: why Andrew? Why did the pope decide to issue this particular letter on this particular feast? John Allen speculates that it may be St. Andrew’s connection to the …Read More

The ink is still damp, but here’s Pope Benedict’s new encyclical, Saved By Hope. John Allen’s report is right here. Snip: We need the greater and lesser hopes that keep us going day by day,” Benedict writes in Spe Salvi, …Read More

Anyone eager to get a peek at the pope when he visits the U.S. next spring will probably need divine intervention, according to CNS: Pretty much the only chances the general public will have will be at Masses at the …Read More

A couple months ago, I posted an item on helping fathers who had been through abortions. Now, the first national conference on this issue is underway in California: The Reclaiming Fatherhood Conference, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the …Read More

A leading Christian in Iraq is speaking out about conditions there — and, not surprisingly, the picture he paints is grim: An Anglican clergyman in Baghdad, who has seen his flock murdered and forced into exile by Muslim extremists, says …Read More

One of the Church’s most admired and beloved preachers has a new book coming out, nearly 30 years after his death: Basilica Press has announced the first new book by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in over 25 years. The book, …Read More