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New life in a old paper, L’Osservatore Romano broadens


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VATICAN CITY — The newspaper industry might be on the ropes, but one staid broadsheet is getting a makeover at the behest of a lofty patron: Pope Benedict XVI.

 

In its 147 years as the Vatican’s newspaper of record, L’Osservatore Romano has rarely chased advertisers, or even news. Hard to find beyond the world’s smallest state, the Vatican’s daily paper largely dedicated its pages to theological monologues with headlines like “The Leprosy of Sin.”

 

Those days are over. Now, the Vatican mouthpiece has orders to carry hard-hitting news, international stories and more articles by women.

 

The Vatican’s newspaper of record, L’Osservatore Romano, has been undergoing a makeover at the behest of Pope Benedict XVI.

 

“There was a really precise request from the paper’s publisher,” Giovanni Maria Vian, the paper’s new editor in chief, said in a recent interview at his office within the medieval walls of Vatican City. “In this case, the publisher just happened to be the pope.”

 

To read the rest of Davide Berretta’s article in The Wall Street Journal visit this link.

Christopher Columbus

IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Christopher Columbus.jpgHe had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
Christopher Columbus arms.jpgIt was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

A modern day Michelangelo: mosaics for the 21st century


Crucifixion.jpgSacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut is building a new University Chapel and has commissioned a rather unique team of artists to create original works of art for use in the sacred Liturgy.

 

Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik heads the artistic and theological team from the Aletti Center in Rome, Italy. He is a world-renowned artist whose works grace Pope John Paul II’s Redemptoris Mater chapel at the Vatican and at the Basilica of Notre Dame du Rosaire, at Lourdes in France (a recent installation). His first work in the USA was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office in New Haven, Connecticut in 2005.

 


Virginaletti.jpgThis art doesn’t just decorate a space. It is liturgical art that is integrated into a particular space for the celebration of the sacred Liturgy. In relation to the sacred Liturgy, the liturgical art together with word and ritual gesture articulate the Church’s interior life of holiness. By this, a church is an ecclesial edifice that not only allows a person to encounter the dynamic work of the Blessed Trinity, but it allows you to pray, think and relate at a real human level about the Divine Presence. The experience of good liturgical art, like the work of Father Rupnik, is not a mere static experience; it is an experience that vivifies our humanity. The artwork Rupnik has created in the Fairfield and in New Haven like that of the works in Rome and other places, is an expression of a dynamic spiritual quest of the divine and human, oriented in Church with a totality and energy of the living Trinitarian love communicated in Christ.

 

The Aletti Center is animated by a team of Jesuits and religious. The members of the team
Aletti team.jpgare specialists in Eastern theology and in related arts brought together to promote and to develop activities for theological-cultural reflection. A well-known member of the Aletti team is Jesuit Cardinal

Tomáš Špidlík from the Czech Republic but who has spent more than 50 years teaching in Rome (pictured in the center). Founded in 1991, the Aletti Center is part of the Pontifical Oriental Institute which specializes in the study and research of the theology of the Eastern Churches.

 

 

Catholic Underground NYC: October 11


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The Catholic Underground NYC is meeting on Saturday, October 11th. You know the plan: people gather at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (230 East 90th Street, NYC) at 7:30 pm for Vespers and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Confessions will be heard. From 8:30-10:30 the crowd moves to the church hall for a musical performance. At this Underground NYC’s Messengers of Christ (M.O.C.) will be performing.

 

Parking: Parking garage across the street from the Church available, $10 a night with Catholic Underground stamp.

 

Contact:
e-mail: catholicunderground@gmail.com

 

Maurice & Therese: A Story of a Love

On the occasion of the Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, we invite you to attend the first presentation of “Crossroads on the Road.” The 75-minute theatrical production, Maurice & Therese: A Story of a Love will be performed this Sunday, October 5, at 3 pm at St. John the Martyr Church in Manhattan. The performance is free of charge and open to the public. See below for more details.

 

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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