“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:
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:
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.
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.
VIDEO Some stories used quotes around ‘miracle’
‘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
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
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.