April 1, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Throngs of pilgrims walked a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus' steps along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering. " They followed his 14 stations, saying a prayer at each and ending at the ancient Holy Sepulcher church. Along the route, Franciscan friars in brown robes chanted prayers in Latin and explained the different stations to crowds through a megaphone.
April 1, 2013 |
They have been coming by bus or car from as far away as Florida - nearly 27,000 of them - every year for the last 31. Most are believers. Others are looking for something to believe in and are praying they will find it as they watch He Is Alive , about the last seven days of Jesus' life, unfolding on the stage of the sanctuary of the Fountain of Life Center in Burlington Township. For nearly two hours Saturday afternoon, 400 members of the Assemblies of God congregation took the stage, re-creating every event - from Christ's entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper, his arrest and trial, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection.
March 5, 2013
By Xavier Suarez I may be the only lay person to have roomed an entire summer with Cardinal Sean O'Malley. For sure, I am the only politician to have lived under one (rather small) roof with the Capuchin friar. It was in the early 1970s, and the location was a little, sparsely furnished apartment in an area of Washington, D.C., that was populated by the working poor and illegal immigrants. Some of the latter survived from the wages paid to their daughters and wives by diplomats who could risk violating U.S. minimum-wage laws because they could invoke diplomatic immunity.
March 4, 2013 |
'In the beginning was the Word," begins an ancient Middle Eastern text, "and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. " In time its anonymous author would be assigned the name John, and his mystical story of the life and death of Jesus - whom he presents as having existed before all time - would join 26 other texts in a book that has shaped Western civilization like no other. The New Testament is, for many millions of Christians, the inspired Word of God, sacred and immutable: the perfect account of Jesus, the perfect human.
February 14, 2013 |
Baseball's back - with pitches tossed, fungoes tapped, sunflower seeds spit, and denials of performance-enhancing-drug use. Washington Nationals righthander Gio Gonzalez arrived in Venice, Fla., dropped his bags, and said he was not on PEDs, despite his name's allegedly appearing on a list at a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables. "I think that at the end of the day I've never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will," the 27-year-old said. In Peoria, Ariz., Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, whose name reportedly appeared in the clinic records, also denied involvement.
January 14, 2013
The Testament of Mary By Colm Tóibín Scribner. 96 pp. $19.99. Reviewed by Helen W. Mallon After the silent night came a cataclysm. Colm Tóibín's novella The Testament of Mary highlights the microscopic, personal aspect of Christianity's earthshaking beginnings. In this daring interpretation, he takes a behind-the-icon approach to Mary, the Catholic embodiment of perfection. This book is one in which the name Jesus does not appear.
December 25, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem on Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born. For their Palestinian hosts, this holiday season was an especially joyous one, with the hardships of the Israeli occupation that so often clouded previous celebrations eased by the United Nations' recent recognition of an independent state of Palestine. In his annual pre-Christmas homily, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, said the road to actual freedom was still long, but this year's festivities were doubly joyful, celebrating "the birth of Christ our Lord and the birth of the state of Palestine.
December 21, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - A single bell repeatedly rang a sad, slow beat Thursday at the Connecticut funeral of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, while a cardinal in New York compared a slain teacher to Jesus for giving up her life to protect others. In Newtown, mourners hurried through the packed parking lot of St. Rose of Lima Church to attend the funeral Mass for Catherine Hubbard. Catherine's family said in her obituary that she would be remembered for her passion for animals and her constant smile.
October 1, 2012 |
Pat Robertson stood before Independence Hall Saturday and proclaimed that "This nation belongs to Jesus. " The 82-year-old broadcaster, a stalwart of the Christian right, spoke to a crowd of nearly 10,000 that had gathered on the mall to reverse the course of what they called a United States gone wrong. "I ran for president once, and it's a mistake I wouldn't want anybody to make," said Robertson, who had walked to the lectern slowly and hunched over. "We will never change America through politics.