Trying Times

It can seem that the Middle East’s top two exports are archaeology and terrorism, so it’s nice to hear that it’s the antiquities that are booming in the headlines. A planned expansion to a museum has unearthed what may be the remains of Herod the Great’s palace. This could mean that...

New Year, New Beginnings

With the advent of our savior’s birth and its celebration, it’s easy to take a few moments and consider how the opportunity to make a new start is afforded to each of us in a plethora of ways. As example, we can enter into the Christmas season at that First Sunday of Advent, with all sorts of...

The Littlest Among Us

Over the weekend, my husband’s parents took our three children to church. When we returned home, my mother-in-law stated that “Father had to stop Mass.” I said, “I hope not for one of MY children.” She excitedly replied, “Yes!” and went on to tell me the story. They had wanted to sit in the...

Filipino Christmas

Every culture develops special ways for celebrating Christmas. The Christmas crèche, Christmas trees, Christmas carols, and so forth are found in various forms wherever there are Christians. In the Philippines Catholics celebrate the Christmas Novena from December 16 until the Christmas mid-night...

Do They Know It’s Eid al-Fitr?

Feed the World! You’ve heard this song a thousand times…today. It is ubiquitous at this time of year and, while as saccharine as many of its musical cohort, at least has the silver lining of having contributed in some positive way toward global well being. Or so we thought. The song’s...

A Living Church

The Friars Minor staff 50 shrines in Israel, the Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Egypt. They staff or help sponsor 16 schools with approximately 10,000 students of various religions. Friar parishes are in Akko, Beit Hanina, Bethany, Bethlehem, Cana, Jaffa, Jericho, Jerusalem (St....

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