What is not healthy, however, is the future of frankincense. Highly sought after for its religious, medicinal and household purposes, it is one of the oldest traded commodities in the world, spanning at least 5,000 years.
Prior to the ordination liturgy of our two new auxiliary bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was asked by one of our stalwart producers from NET-TV what he thought Pope Francis would be speaking about during his visit to the U.S. in September. The cardinal simply replied with one word: “Jesus.”
More than 200 parishioners of all ages commemorated Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday by carrying a cross throughout the streets surrounding St. Teresa of Avila parish in South Ozone Park.
by Father John P. Cush When I was a small boy growing up above Farrell’s Bar on 16th St. in Windsor Terrace, I always saw Easter as a second-class Christmas. I never could understand the concept of the Easter Bunny. He certainly was no match for the main man, Santa Claus. Plus, let’s face it, […]
by Father Robert Lauder 11th in a series In re-reading Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011, pp. 362), I found some of the statements that the Holy Father makes about the Risen Christ especially interesting. Reflecting on my own experience of […]
by Father Frank Mann News agencies throughout the world recently captured Manila’s newly elevated Cardinal Luis Tagle crying soon after he was installed. Equally moving was the Holy Father offering a loving and supportive “touch” to Cardinal Tagle when he cradled his face with his hand. Asked why he became emotional after receiving his ring and […]
ROME (CNS) – Biblical scholars are putting little credence in the authenticity of a newly published text containing a reference to Jesus’ “wife.” But the tiny papyrus fragment, purportedly dating to the fourth century A.D., is being used to stir a debate about the Church’s attitudes toward marriage, sex and the role of women. The […]
by Father Thomas Catania FAMOUS FOR SAYING, among other things, that “anyone who dislikes children and dogs can’t be all bad,” W.C. Fields has gone down in our dark comic tradition as one of the great curmudgeons; we may forgive that acid remark, but that is only because we won’t take it altogether seriously. Not […]
by Father John Cush I have to admit that I hate going to the doctor. I am the very worst type of patient. One might describe me as a doctor’s nightmare. I am the living epitome of the old adage that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Armed with the Internet and with watching […]
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, On Sunday, we will celebrate the annual Catechetical Sunday, a day on which we remember our responsibility to transmit the faith to others, especially the next generation. The theme of this year’s celebration is, “Do this in memory of me.” These are the words that conclude the […]