Cuba Makes Good Friday a Holiday!

USA Today is reporting: Havana (AP) – Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week’s Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island’s 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will be permanent will have to wait. The Communist government said…

Italian Bishops Forbid Scattering of Ashes after Cremation

Catholic Culture: In new guidelines for funerals and burials, the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the scattering of ashes of the deceased is not allowed. The revised funeral rites, released on March 31, said that although civil law allows for the scattering of ashes, that practice raises “considerable doubts as to their coherence to…

TTAC Communication

For March is out from Fr Ian Gray, Vicar General: My Dear Friends, I have delayed writing this letter whilst I received news from the Johannesburg meeting of the Traditional Anglican Church College of Bishops. I can now state that contrary to some reports, this meeting was not a meeting of a few Bishops, but a rather…

Off the Beaten Track: City of David

There’s no better place this Passover to explore new excavations that have so much to do with the holiday. Joe Yudin writes in the Jerusalem Post: … Starting this Passover you will be able to walk the entire distance from the Shiloach (Siloam) Pool to the southwest corner of the Temple Mount. If you go before…

Archbishop Charles Chaput: Make the Most of the Final Days of Lent

“Lent is a time for self-denial and prayer; a time to reconnect with  Scripture; a time to purify ourselves and reconcile with God through the  sacrament of penance,” wrote Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in a  recent CatholicPhilly.com column. “It’s an invitation to humility,  forgiveness of others, honest self-examination and repentance — but also to …

Catholic Interpretation of Scripture

Self-conscious reflection on the proper methods of interpretation of Scripture began already with the early Church Fathers. One of the most definitive patristic statements on interpretation is St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, “On Christian Doctrine.” While its title might lead the modern reader to expect a treatment of Church dogma in systematic form, De Doctrina…

The Cross and You

Via Fr Jeremy Davies: This is the week when the Cross looms very large in our lives. Today, at Mass we hear again the passion story so that we might focus our full attention on the cross through the week. It begs the question – how important, how central, is the Cross of Jesus Christ…