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Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • Experts, historians explore Shakespeare's Catholic sympathies

    STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England (CNS) -- Inside this town's recently refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theater, a massed audience, banked on three floors, gazes attentively out over a wide, brightly lit stage.

    "Necessity will make us all forsworn. Three thousand times within this three years' space; for every man with his ...
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    The Vatican Post Office will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with a stamp featuring art work by Czech artist Marin
  • CRS manages 'safe and dignified' burials of Ebola victims
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for days and then thrown into graves without ceremony, a U.S. church aid official said.

    "So many people are ...
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    Health workers take a body bag containing an Ebola victim in preparation for burial.
  • Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy. And God's existence does not contradict the ...
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    The South Pole Telescope and the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization experiment, or Biceps2, at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
  • Texas nurse released from NIH, thanks God and doctors for recovery

    BETHESDA, Md. (CNS) -- Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who was the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States, thanked God, her family and her medical team for her recovery Oct. 24.

    Pham held a news conference in Bethesda after she ...
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    U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Dallas nurse Nina Pham at the Oval Office in Washington Oct. 24.
  • Pope Francis says Pope Benedict was a 'great pope'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI is a perfect example of how intellectual knowledge and scientific curiosity do not lead a person further from God, but can strengthen their love for God and for his human creatures, Pope Francis said.

    "Benedict XVI was a great ...
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    Pope Francis greets emeritus Pope Benedict XVI during an encounter for the elderly in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican
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All Saints: The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of "all the martyrs." In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagonloads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended "that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons" (<i>On the Calculation of Time</i>). 
<p>But the rededication of the Pantheon, like the earlier commemoration of all the martyrs, occurred in May. Many Eastern Churches still honor all the saints in the spring, either during the Easter season or immediately after Pentecost. </p><p>How the Western Church came to celebrate this feast, now recognized as a solemnity, in November is a puzzle to historians. The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century.</p> American Catholic Blog Touch can be an act of kindness when someone is dying. If you visit a sick person and find that you are at a loss for words, reach out and touch her hand.
 
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