Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bishop Bans Kennedy from Eucharist?

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2009

Bishop Tobin, Rep. Kennedy, and Holy Communion:

Two posts in quick succession about Bp. Tobin and Rep. Kennedy, the first questioning the coherence of reported claims that Tobin has barred Kennedy from receiving Communion, the second, confirming that no such order has been issued. Not yet, anyway.

Read them together here:

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Pilgrims Running Around the Old City

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2009

We took off about 1 PM and ran around the city walls. What a great way to see the city of Jerusalem!

Join us virtually on our run and see all eight gates to the city. We started at the New Gate and then ran subsequently around these in order: Jaffa, Zion, Dung, Golden, St. Stephens, Herod and lastly Damascus before arriving again at our hotel at the New Gate.

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Persecution of Catholicism on the Rise in USA

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2009

‘Hate crimes’ against US Catholics on the rise

American crime statistics, furnished by the FBI, show a substantial increase in the number of “hate crimes” in which Catholics were the victims during 2008. The FBI figures showed an overall increase of 9% in the number of crimes apparently motivated by the victim’s religious faith. Jews were the group most frequently victimized, and the number of incidents involving Jewish victims rose by 17% between 2007 and 2008. But the rate of increase in anti-Catholic crimes was sharper, rising by 24% in the year.

And you wonder why I encourage my kids to prepare my grandchildren to be martyrs?

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Unbelievable Day of Pilgrimage

November 22, 2009

We had a long but marvelous day! Started with a wake-up call at 4:45 AM (to make them feel like this was a pilgrimage and not a vacation :-)  We walked the Via Dolorosa through the streets of Jerusalem from the site of the Antonia Fortress to Calvary and the Tomb. After a tour of […]

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