Italians and their nativity scenes – something to behold, they say (she sighed) – here’s an interesting Slow Travel thread on what people are seeing around Italy these days and here’s a post from a wonderful blog by an American woman living in Rome on the tradition in general as well as on her Presepe-related…

I was just listening to our local Catholic radio station, and they were playing a most interesting discussion, obviously from England – about the Church and the press. I’ve figured out that it must be a feed from EWTN’s "Top of the Week" program, which seems to have variable content. But I’d really like to…

Last spring, the NYTimes Magazine ran an almost 8,000-word story on abortion in El Salvador. One of the central stories involved a woman who was supposedly jailed after obtaining an abortion at 18-weeks of pregnancy. Problem was, that wasn’t the situation at all. She was jailed after being tried and convicted for murdering her full-term…

Former Dutch Capuchin monastery now an Orthodox complex: The Russian Orthodox Church has begun work to make a former Capuchin monastery and church in the Netherlands the largest Orthodox complex outside Russia. Russia’s Interfax news agency reported Dec. 18 the complex would include schoolrooms, a bookstore, and a library for East Europeans belonging to Amsterdam’s…


Amy Welborn

Amy Welborn was born in 1960, the only child of a now-retired professor of political science, a teacher-librarian-artist mother,deceased since 2001, was a teacher, librarian and artist. The Catholicism comes from her side.

Amy grew up in a number of places - Indiana - Washington, DC - Lubbock Texas - Arlington, Virginia - DeKalb, Illinois - Lawrence, Kansas - and Knoxville, Tennessee, where the family settled in 1973. She attended Knoxville Catholic High School, then the University of Tennessee where she majored in history. She received an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt University, where she wrote a thesis on the changing role of women in 19th century American Protestantism, and the ways Scripture was used to justify those changes.

She worked as as a teacher in Catholic high schools and a Parish Director of Religious Education and started writing for the diocesan press - the Florida Catholic - in 1988. Amy has written columns for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service at times over the past twenty years. Her articles have been published in venues ranging from Our Sunday Visitor to the New York Times to Commonweal. She has written 17 books. 18, if you included the as yet tragically unpublished novel.

Amy has five children, ranging in age from 26 to 4 and was married to Michael Dubruiel, who died unexpectedly in February 2009. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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