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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘catholics’

Northern Ireland Violence Between Catholics and Protestants Lead To Injuries

It’s time for a quick history lesson, the contents of which might sound familiar if you happen to have a love for European history (as the writer of this article does). Back in the seventeenth century, when the English empire was taking strides to conquer as much of the world as it could, they succeeded in capturing Ireland, and proceeded …

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Lourdes Flooding Kills 1, Closes Pilgrimage Sites

Heavy rains in the southwestern French town of Lourdes have caused massive flooding, closing down a Catholic holy site and killing at least one person. According to France 24, the flooding has closed down the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, a famous French pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics. The site is sacred to Catholics due to reported sightings of …

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Utah Church Shooting Leaves Victim in Critical Condition

A 35-year-old man walked into an Ogden, Utah church on Sunday and shot his father-in-law in the back of the head. According to the Ogden Police Department, Charles Richard Jennings, Jr. has been arrested for the attack, which took place during a Sunday mass at St. James Catholic Church in Ogden. After firing on the victim, Jennings stole a truck, …

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Nun Convicted For Nuclear Weapons Protest

Catholics are no strangers to protests, and even nuns and priests have been arrested on occasion during protests. This week, an 83-year-old nun was convicted for her participation in a break-in protest at a nuclear facility last July. According to a BBC News report, Sister Megan Rice and two other protesters, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, were convicted this week …

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Sistine Chapel Closes Ahead of Papal Conclave

In order to prepare for the upcoming Papal Conclave, the Vatican today closed the Sistine Chapel to visitors. As of 1 pm today, the chapel, famous for its renaissance frescoes, will be closed to the public until the process of choosing a new Pope has finished. From the Vatican’s statement: In order to accommodate the forthcoming Conclave, the Sistine Chapel …

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Virgin Mary Tree Trunk Sends People on a Pilgrimage to New Jersey

Virgin Mary tree trunk? Yes, you read that correctly. A Virgin Mary tree trunk. Unless you’re a perverted soul who sees something strangely — and disturbingly — vaginal in the image embedded above, then, chances are, you’re looking directly at the Virgin Mary. Sure, it may seem like a knot in a tree to all you non-believers out there — …

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Twitter, Facebook Should Be Embraced by Catholic Church, Says Bishop

The Catholic Church should be using social media services to spread the good word to the rest of the world, so a bishop speaking at the Australian Catholic Congress in Sydney, Australia today. Bishop David Walker explained how the Church can take advantage of this communication medium to stay in touch with other followers. Walker was quoted as saying, “The …

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The Pope Isn’t Giving Up Twitter For Lent, Going To Gulf Shores For Spring Break

Okay, okay – that second part isn’t true. However, if you did put the brakes on your dedicated Twittering for Lent, you may miss out on some sweet Catholic action: the Vatican will be tweeting out themes from the Pope’s Lenten message throughout the forty day period of self-abnegation. According to Vatican Radio, the tweets began a couple of days …

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