Archive | Around the Catholic Web RSS feed for this section

Blessed Lucy of Narnia

November 16, 2016

0 Comments

Blessed Lucy of NarniaPhoto by Fortunati Giuseppe / CC BY 3.0

A fresco in Narni depicting Blessed Lucy Photo by Fortunati Giuseppe / CC BY 3.0

Apparently there really is a Blessed Lucy of Narnia whose feast day is today!

Continue reading...

New book on Catholic social teaching offered as free digital download from Pope Francis

July 28, 2016

0 Comments

“DoCat” is a follow-up to the popular YouCat (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) from World Youth Day 2011.

The book which teaches the basics of Catholic social teaching is a gift from Pope Francis to all of the participants of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland and extended to those participating from afar.

When you download the DoCat app you may add the DoCat book content into the app without charge until the close of World Youth Day on July 31, 2016.

Here Pope Francis explains it:

And another video just for fun:

 

Continue reading...

Kitchy crèches revisited

December 22, 2015

0 Comments

ORIGINAL POST DEC. 13, 2011

A couple of kitchy crèches spontaneously appeared in our offices recently (something about a dare) and reminded me it’s been a while since this topic has been visited.

Here are the local offenders:

PeanutsCreche

ShrekCreche
And the original blog I came across in 2011, whyismarko. He’s up to 62:

The 62 Worst and Weirdest Nativities (the 2015 revised list!)

 


 

From a very young age I have always loved Nativity scenes. I had my own as a child that featured small wood-carved painted figures that I set up and took down through Advents past. One can be found on display in my dining room year round and somewhere in storage is a classic crèche that has been in the family for years and is safely waiting for a slightly less rambunctious household in which to be displayed. Maybe next year.

The beauty of the Nativity story told in statuary was something that I didn’t think could be done wrong. And then I came across this blog…

27 worst nativity sets: the annual, growing list!

Truth be told, there is one in the collection that I kind of like (Hint – It’s not the one made of meat).

 

If you have pictures of beautiful crèches out there to offset these, please link them in the comments.

Continue reading...

The miracle of the liquified blood

March 23, 2015

1 Comment

It started quietly and with a degree of cautiousness but by the end of the weekend the internet was flowing with stories of the miracle in the presence of Pope Francis.

Some stories used quotes around ‘miracle’

From Brietbart: ‘Miracle’ Proclaimed as Saint’s Blood Liquefies in the Presence of Pope Francis

From the UK: Pope Francis ‘Miracle’ Sees Blood Of Patron Saint Januarius Half Liquify During Naples Visit

Some stories inexplicably claimed that the pope was being credited with a miracle

From Huffpo: Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies

From The Guardian: Pope Francis’s half-miracle: why he’ll need more than that to become a saint 

Some Catholic sources

Catholic Online: For the first time in over 150 years — Blood of St. Januarius liquefies during Francis’ visit to Naples

The Catholic Spirit: Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

 

The Church has never formally pronounced one way or the other on the miracle but does allow for veneration of the relic.

Continue reading...