Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hola, Comrade: Holy Father meets Fidel Castro...and other blog posts

Hola, Comrade: Pope Benedict meets Fidel Castro...
Rocco Palmo

No explanation needed, here's your Shot of the Day. During their half-hour meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana, Fidel Castro reportedly urged B16 to canonize Blesseds John Paul II and Teresa of Calcutta, and apparently had some liturgical questions for the pontiff, according to the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi.


Kindness Can Kill if Love is Unwilling to Wound...
Msgr. Charles Pope

We live in a reductionist culture that has tended to reduce love to kindness. The results are often quite problematic as we shall see. Kindness is a very great thing and has an important place in our relationships. Kindness is evidenced by goodness and charitable behavior, a pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others.


Seminary is the first new Catholic building in Cuba since Castro's rise to power 53 years ago...

I was supposed to be in Cuba today, but the Communist government refused me a visa. My experience is only a tiny blip in the half-century of the Castro catastrophe...
Robert Royal
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba Monday. I did not. I was scheduled to travel with a group from the Archdiocese of Miami. An archdiocesan employee called shortly before departure to say that the Cuban government refused me a visa. This is not the first time. In 1998, when John Paul II came...



Pope Benedict asks Raúl Castro to declare Good Friday a holiday in Cuba...


Is it back to nuns with rulers?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the things I have always found most delightful about the Catholic Church is nuns. Protestants have fearsome and holy women, but they don’t have nuns. There is something feisty and admirable about a nun. Especially a nun with a ruler. How the whining ex Catholics love to whimper about the hatchet faced nuns who rapped their knuckles with a ruler...


How can we be so sure that Jesus rose from the dead? Here's how...
Brandon Vogt
Is it true? Did the Bible get it right? Are there other plausible alternatives? Wading through Flannery O’Conner, myth-spinning fishermen, Homer’s Iliad, legendary body-snatchers, a crucified Judas, the Battle of Waterloo, and hallucinating ghost-whisperers, I’ll seek to convince you, before Holy Week..


7 movies for Holy Week and Easter...
Barbara Curtis

Once upon a time Hollywood chose biblical material, portrayed it fairly faithfully, and often won Academy Awards for doing so. Those days may be gone, but even as we plan to fill baskets and color eggs, we can bring these classics into our homes to create more meaningful traditions to share with our children and lead them to a deeper understanding of Easter.


Did you see the Pope's Sunday Mass in Mexico? Here's an interesting element that most people probably missed...

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