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Vatican's Christmas Tree Is a Show-Stopper

It was only fitting. Last week Pope Benedict XVI got to light that great Christmas tree, the “world’s largest” tree, on the Italian hillside…. So it was good that an excited little boy got to press the button to light the towering 82-foot Ukrainian spruce that marks the 2011 Christmas season at the Vatican. And […]

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Edmund Cardinal Szoka: Forty Years of Episcopal Leadership

Today Cardinal Edmund Szoka, archbishop-emeritus of the Archdiocese of Detroit and president-emeritus of the Vatican City State, celebrates the 40th anniversary of his episcopal ordination; and all of us here in the Detroit archdiocese join in honoring him for his long, outstanding service to the Church. He is a man to be reckoned with, a […]

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Saint Sylvester in Capite – A Busy Place Today!

But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Having been prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”  Although he was grieved, the king […]

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THE POPE AND THE POOR: You Finish the Picture

Over at his website, “Father Z” posted this picture of a new, 16-foot-high bronze statue of Blessed John Paul II.  The statue was unveiled on March 19 at Stazione Termini, Rome’s main train station.  I don’t know the artist’s intent in creating the cavernous belly, but I imagine future generations of pilgrims posing for pictures, […]

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ROME, WITH A SMILE. It's Different There.

First, a little laugh at my expense. I used to do conference and event planning.  Our guests were accustomed to finer things, and so we set out to give them “the best”—whatever that was.  Perhaps it meant that we had a special treat delivered to their rooms each day, when they were at the conference […]

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