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December 2006 Archives

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An LA Times story about a current exhibit: For 94 members of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, the freeway drive north to Brentwood in morning traffic was the equivalent of a pilgrimage. They recently traveled in two buses […]

2007 is the Sequicentenniel of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend – the commemorations begin at a Cathedral Mass today, but last night at Mass we prayed a special prayer for the Jubilee  – from a prayer card that will […]

Archdiocese of Cincinnati three years away from receivership, the Archbishop acknowledges. He said he has no choice: Without more revenue, the 19-county archdiocese could be out of money within three years. "If we do nothing, we’re in trouble," Pilarczyk said. […]

Primary education in the Sub-Sahara is booming: Mali is a template for those challenges. One of earth’s poorest nations, it also has the world’s second-highest birth rate, behind only neighboring Niger. It lags even most African nations in the share […]

An activist livs in hope and trust: EARLY last year, a dubious distinction attached itself to Tarcísio Feitosa da Silva, director of the Roman Catholic Church’s Pastoral Land Commission here in one of the most conflict-ridden regions of the Amazon. […]

John Thavis at CNS looks at Pope Benedict’s 2007 plans – so far. The year 2007 will see "ad limina" visits by bishops from places on four continents, including Italy, Ukraine, Slovakia, Portugal, Serbia, Kenya, Togo, Benin, Gabon, Puerto Rico, […]