In August, theologians, some of them women religious, from across Africa gathered in Kenya's capital to talk about ethical issues.
Dec 21, 2012-Jan 3, 2012
As we gather together today around God’s living word and the living bread of Eucharist, we will hear Isaiah share his vision of a cavalcade of nations streaming toward Jerusalem. We will take note as he describes gift-bearing riders astride camels, proclaiming God’s praises. We will listen attentively as the author of Ephesians reveals the “mystery” that gentiles and Jews -- that is, all the peoples of the Earth -- are “coheirs, members of the same body and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel” (Ephesians 3:6).
SHOWDOWN IN THE SONORAN DESERT: RELIGION, LAW, AND THE IMMIGRATION CONTROVERSY
By Ananda Rose
Published by Oxford University Press, $29.95
Devotion to the Holy Family has a reasonably long history in Catholicism. It first appeared significantly in 17th-century France and was brought to the New World by Jesuit missionaries and French settlers and governors. In those early years, one would find two typical depictions of the Holy Family: one featuring St. Anne, Mary and the child Jesus, the other picturing Joseph, Mary and Jesus. The devotion received official status in 1921 when, under Pope Benedict XV, the feast was inserted into the general calendar of the Roman rite.
Review: Pope Benedict XVI's book on Jesus' birth has some discrepancies, but overall is an elegant little volume.
Column: At his death in October, George McGovern remained in full possession of the soul-force that marked a political career that began in 1956 and ended in 1980.
SISTER WENDY’S BIBLE TREASURY: STORIES AND WISDOM THROUGH THE EYES OF GREAT PAINTERS
By Sr. Wendy Beckett
Published by Orbis, $35
Christmas: For this Maryknoll priest, Bangladesh is full happiness and reminders of how beautiful the gift of life can be.
We say: There have been many stories of darkness recently, but we hope the sun of justice can return.
Fr. David Verhasselt is accused of breaking the seal of confession, though he was never given the details about the complaint.