Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

EU draft guidelines pulled after Vatican complains Christmas ‘canceled’

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
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The European Commission (EU) has retracted its draft guidelines for internal communications, which propose substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period”. An outcry by conservatives and the Vatican led the U-turn on the policy, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian roots. The EU Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said the draft Read more

In search of the immortal soul in a modern world

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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Immortality has become the great question mark. The answer used to be provided at Easter, with the Christian climax in death by crucifixion, followed by resurrection. The Jesus story wrestled with death not being merely death. Today, however, the sacred meaning of Easter is little more than a dusty relic. For the secular modern age, Read more

What the hell kind of Christmas is this?

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Christmas time 1973 I was a newly-arrived seminarian in Japan. It was my first-ever Christmas away from home. The “economic miracle” of the country’s post-war recovery was in full swing. Before the end of the decade, a best-selling book would tout Japan as Number One. However, the miracle was not yet complete, even in the Read more

Christmas provides reason for hope during pandemic

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Pope Francis says the Christmas season provides a reason for hope during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During his Sunday blessing this week, Francis commented that the Vatican’s Christmas tree – itself a symbolic reason for hope – went up last week in St. Peter’s Square. Work is also underway to build the life-size Nativity scene Read more

‘Scandalous’ first Christmas card up for sale

Monday, December 7th, 2020

The first commercially printed Christmas card is up for sale – a merry Victorian-era scene that scandalised some who denounced it as humbug when it first appeared in 1843. The card, being sold online starting Friday through a consortium run by Marvin Getman, a US-based dealer in rare books and manuscripts, depicts an English family Read more

Former Swiss Guard releases Catholic Christmas cookbook

Monday, November 9th, 2020

A new cookbook offers recipes, some more than 1,000 years old, that have been served at the Vatican during the Advent and Christmas seasons. “The Vatican Christmas Cookbook” is written by chef David Geisser, who is a former member of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard, along with author Thomas Kelly. Read more Related Posts:Three Swiss Guards Read more

Miramar Peninsula Hosts Mid-winter Christmas

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The mid-winter Christmas in Miramar began with carols. The plan had been to sing in the civic area outside the Roxy Cinema. Weather forced the event indoors, but spirits were not dampened as David Midland and Salvation Army Brass Band led the rousing mid-winter carols in the drier surrounds of the beautiful St. Aidan’s Church. Read more

Christmas cancelled in Iraq

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq has announced it will not hold public Christmas celebrations this year. Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church is one of the largest in Iraq and the diaspora. Cardinal Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the church, said the decision was made “out of respect” for victims; those killed and wounded in Read more

Indonesia to deploy 160,000 people to protect churches for Christmas

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Nearly 160,000 security personnel will be deployed to try to make Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia safe, reported This is an increase from last year, when nearly 90,000 security personnel guarded about 50,000 churches across the country. An official of the National Police Traffic Corps told journalists that police, military personnel and Read more

Nativity: With tea-towels on their heads children become shepherds

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve is the big one for the Holy Name community. Several hundred people will gather in the North Dunedin Catholic church for the festive, family-friendly service. The highlight, as it is each year, will be the narrated nativity play presented by 20 or more of the parish children. Preschoolers to Read more